3790 Department of Parks and Recreation
The mission of the California Department of Parks and Recreation is to provide for the health, inspiration, and education of
the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued
natural, cultural and historical resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation for current and future
generations to enjoy. With increased urbanization, the establishment of park units and recreation areas accessible to the
major population centers of the state has become particularly important. Specific activities include stewardship of natural
resources, historic, cultural and archeological sites, artifacts and structures, provision of interpretive services for park
visitors, construction and maintenance of campsites, trails, visitor centers, museums, and infrastructure such as roads and
water systems, and creation of recreational opportunities such as hiking, bicycling, fishing, swimming, horseback riding,
jogging, camping, picnicking, and off-highway vehicle recreation.
Since department programs drive the need for infrastructure investment, each department has a related capital outlay
program to support this need. For the specifics on the Department of Parks and Recreation's Capital Outlay Program, see
3-YR EXPENDITURES AND PERSONNEL YEARS (Summary of Program Requirements)
LEGAL CITATIONS AND AUTHORITY
Public Resources Code, Division 1, Chapter 1 et seq.; and Public Resources Code, Division 5, Chapter 1 et seq.
MAJOR PROGRAM CHANGES
Restore Budget Reductions to State Parks: The Budget includes an additional $22.2 million to restore the department's
budget reductions from the 2009 Budget Act.
* Dollars in thousands, except in Salary Range.
2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Support of the Department of Parks and Recreation