Some scary news out of California today. State Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger has proposed to close 48 state parks as part of an overall budget reduction.
Some news links here:
Gov.'s Proposal To Close 48 Sites Angers Avid Users -- LaTimes.com
Governor Proposes Closing 48 Parks -- Record-Bee.com
I'm not at all familiar with the California system of park management, but closing recreational areas for financial reasons is rarely a good thing. At best it will lead to overcrowding and damage to the remaining areas, and at worst it will lead to abandoned sites, vandalism, and general decay.
Blogger Tom Mangan's Two Heel Drive is covering the issue closely.