Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone – Joni Mitchell
An article in Sunday’s Sacramento Bee, “A State Park Bucket List,” gave pictures and descriptions of 15 favorites among the 70 parks and historical sites we may only have another 13 months to see. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/05/3673215/a-state-park-bucket-list.html
Casualties of the California budget crisis, all these sites are scheduled to close in July, 2012. Without ongoing maintenance, many of these parks, and especially those with old or historic structures, may never open again.
This includes the Jack London State Historical Park, which I wrote about on this blog last fall. https://thefirstgates.com/2010/10/23/of-words-and-wolves-thoughts-on-jack-london/
It includes the Bidwell Mansion in Chico, home of Gen. John and Anne Bidwell, founders of the town, who donated a magnificent 3600 acre park where the Sherwood Forest scenes for the 1938 Robin Hood withErrol Flynn were filmed. Sherwood is a pleasant walk or bycycle ride from the center of town.
Those who can might want to check the newspaper link and plan a trip to see some of these gems while they still are open.
PS – One of my facebook friends just gave me this website which is open for donations to help save these parks, under the auspices of the California Institute of Man in Nature: http://www.johnolmsted.net/ Donation buckets with the John Olmstead logo are also going to be available at California parks this summer. FWIW, I just made a small donation through paypal.