By: T. Keith Gurnee
“Parks Make Life Better!” Month
Just a few years ago, the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) adopted this slogan to brand its purpose as an organization of park advocates. CPRS recently sponsored legislation as State Senate Resolution SCR 14 Wolk to designate the month of July, 2011 as “Parks Make Life Better!” Month. If adopted as expected, the State Legislature will have taken one of the more ironic actions of recent memory. On one hand, the Legislature will have confirmed its agreement with this appropriate statement. On the other, it will be adopting a budget that proposes to close 70 state parks across the state of California, making our lives “less better” in 2012.