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Monterey County Parks & Recreation Digest

Seaside Awarded $1.6M Grant for Laguna Grande Park Trail Improvements


In “a really big win for Seaside,” the city was awarded a $1.6 million recreational trails grant from the Federal Highway Administration's Recreation Trails grant program through California State Parks.

Cost Estimate for Pacific Grove Skatepark Over $130K


The Pacific Grove City Council will hear the costs of building a temporary skatepark at the City Hall parking lot during the next council meeting.

California State Parks Recommends $6.7 Million in Grants for Local Recreational Trails


California State Parks has recommended $6.7 million for seven local nonmotorized trail projects in various cities, including Galt and Gilroy.

Disneyland’s New Vision Includes Up to $2.5-billion Investment and Plan to Take Over City Streets


Disneyland’s plan to reimagine the theme park into a more “immersive” experience may require up to $2.5 billion and a plan to privatize some Anaheim streets.

Huge San Jose Ranch May be Preserved as Parklands and Nature Habitat


Richmond Ranch in south San Jose may be preserved as open space if multiple government entities succeed in a quest to buy its thousands of acres, public documents show.

Fourth Graders Might Lose Free Access to California State Parks


California’s projected budget deficit of close to $38 billion likely means some cuts are coming. Among them, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed ending the California State Park Adventure Pass, which offers free access to some state parks for fourth graders.

Yosemite Trying New Strategies to Reduce Food Packaging Waste


An estimated 100,000 pizza boxes have been removed from Yosemite’s waste stream. This is because the famed park now serves pizza on trays and puts to-go portions in compostable bags, part of a move to reduce food-related waste.

Utility Increases Loom for 16 Million California Households


Utility giant PG&E is set to raise its rates an average of 13% on Jan. 1. That equals an extra $32.50 a month, or $390 for the year.

BSLT, Esselen Tribe of Monterey County to Pursue Co-management of Basin Ranch


After its acquisition of the 5,105-acre Basin Ranch, the Big Sur Land Trust is in pre-planning stages for its first co-management agreement with the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County.
The acquisition creates a new nature preserve that will protect a critical wildlife corridor for a variety of vulnerable species.

Natural Resources Agency Launches Plan to Increase Outdoor Access in California


State and local leaders gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate a new plan that will increase access to the outdoors for all Californians, regardless of who they are or where they live.

How to Visit a California State Park for Free


A pilot program that allows Californians to visit many state parks for free—after checking out a pass from their local library—is helping increase access for more people of color and lower-income residents, according to research from the California State Parks Foundation.

Beachside Trail Close to Finally Getting Built on Central Coast


A beachside trail connecting the communities of Morro Bay and Cayucos could finally be built after 20 years. This happened after Chevron decided to sell land needed for the trail to be built.

What a Theme Park Giant Merger Means for California


Two theme park giants, Six Flags and Cedar Fair, announced they are merging. It could have potential impacts on California theme parks like Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Two Disneyland Voices Are Moving On


Camille Dixon, the announcer for Disney California Adventure, and her husband, Bill Rogers, the voice of Disneyland, are moving on from this work. They have been at the parks for more than 40 years combined.

California State Parks and Partners Launch ‘Arts in California Parks’ Program


Through this new program, artists, culture bearers, and California Native American tribes will be eligible to receive funding to create artwork throughout state and local parks.

Vast Marine Sanctuary Proposed in Partnership with California Tribe


The Biden administration is one step away from designating the first national marine sanctuary nominated by a tribe. Tribal members of the Chumash, who have lobbied for the creation of this Central Coast preserve for more than a decade, would be involved in managing it.

Chumash Tribe’s Vision for a Marine Sanctuary Could be Coming True


Some 7,000 square miles of ocean on California’s Central Coast could soon become the largest national marine sanctuary in the continental U.S. It could also make history as one of the first federal sanctuaries to be spearheaded by a Native American tribe.

Frog Pond Wetland Preserve in Del Rey Oaks Sees Weed Abatement, Fuels Reduction


A corridor was created to help prevent the advancement of a blaze in the event of a wildfire into the neighboring property or across the trail.

California Coastal Commission Focuses on Beach Access for All


Access to the coast for underserved communities has become a greater focus for the state's Coastal Commission, which has used its regulatory and funding options to help support efforts.

California Legislature Passes Joshua Tree Protection Law


California lawmakers passed the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, permanently protecting the iconic and imperiled species.

Seaside Council Approves Laguna Grande Park Trail Strategy Project


The Seaside City Council at its meeting last week approved the Laguna Grande Regional Park Trail and Vegetation Strategy Project.

Apple Cofounder to Sell Huge Carmel Valley Ranch for $35 Million


Mike Markkula, who bought Rana Creek Ranch 40 years ago, is selling the property to the Wildlands Conservancy. The 14,100-acre ranch will become a new public preserve and cultural site.

Chris Isaak’s Former San Mateo Coast Property to Become a Park


A stunning property once owned by rock singer Chris Isaak moved a big step closer to becoming a new public park—the first of its kind in more than 50 years—when the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve an $11.6 million construction contract to build amenities at Tunitas Creek Beach.

Southern Big Sur Coast Is About to Reopen


Access to popular spots on the southern Big Sur coast will be restored next week when Caltrans reopens a key stretch of Highway 1, just in time for Memorial Day holiday weekend travel.

Former Golf Course in Carmel Valley Gets Boost for Rewilding


“This is one of the biggest processed-based restoration projects in the state of California and will be the most significant restoration effort in the Park District's history,” said Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Planning and Conservation Division Manager Jake Smith.

Salinas Heritage Park Proponents Voice Support


“That was so impressive tonight and to stifle that energy would be a real bummer, so I realize there's a process and I see the other side of it,” said Councilman Steve McShane. “I’ve been talked to by city staff on this subject, but we can't squash that energy, we really can’t. It would be a huge mistake.”

Del Rey Oaks Approves FORTAG, Comes Closer to Construction


The first phase portion of the FORTAG trail that passes through Del Rey Oaks will be a new 1.5-mile segment.

New Monument Created on California-Nevada Border


In the largest land conservation act of his presidency so far, President Biden has established a new national monument in the Mojave Desert, protecting an area sacred to Native American tribes.

Visit California Hires Global Consulting Firm


JLL will prepare a dozen regional strategic plans to help the state marketing organization promote smart, sustainable tourism over the next decade.

Pico Partners in Negotiations to Buy Boy Scout Camp in Big Sur


Pico Partners, an entity made up of the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, Camp Krem Camping Unlimited, and the White Stag Leadership Development Academy have entered into an agreement.

Moss Landing Segment of Scenic Trail on Hold ‘Indefinitely’


Tthe wait for a safe trail crossing the Moss Landing harbor just got longer after Caltrans employees discovered a deteriorating retaining wall.

President Biden Announces New National Monument Near Nevada-California Border


Avi Kwa Ame National Monument will protect sacred Native American sites, wildlife.

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