Report: Calif. parks need new operating model
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report from a state oversight agency says California has added more parks to its system than it can afford and should consider relinquishing control of the one-third that lack statewide significance.
The report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission even suggested that tourist favorite Hearst Castle might be better run by a group that has more experience protecting its European art collection, such as the Getty Museum.
The commission said the state parks system needs a new business model and managers who can form partnerships with nonprofits and find new sources of revenue.
The study was begun a year ago after the parks department threatened to close 70 of the 278 parks in the system but couldn’t explain how they were chosen.