Castle Rock State Park is a treasure, climbers and hikers love it.
With Budget difficulties in California, several parks have been considered for closure to public access.
Castle Rock was on the list to be closed, but was granted a reprieve for one year by The Sempervirens Fund, here’s the press release:
Sempervirens Fund Commits $250,000 to Keep Castle Rock State Park Open
Agreement with State Parks signed on June 11, 2012
One-third of park will be open to hikers for the first time
LOS ALTOS, CA – Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit conservation group, and California State Parks, announced this week that they have finalized an agreement wherein Sempervirens will provide $250,000 to keep Castle Rock State Park open for one year, starting July 1, 2012. Castle Rock was one of the 70 parks slated to close this summer, but will now remain open to the public. Sempervirens Fund is leading a collaborative fundraising effort with the Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, Adventure Out, and REI, with additional support from Planet Granite and Pacific Edge Climbing Gym.
As part of the agreement, an area of Castle Rock previously closed to public access, the San Lorenzo River Redwoods, will be open on July 1, 2012. The addition of this 1,340-acre area, which contains the headwaters of the San Lorenzo Rivers and stunning redwood forests, will increase the accessible area of Castle Rock by 35% and add to the park’s trail system.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir