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Status of Partnership/Donor Agreements/RFPs As of June 13, 2012 Complied by Roy Stearns, deputy director of communications for California State Parks
Parks that have agreements for remaining open and operating:
For an agreement to be considered final for keeping a park open, it must be signed by both the District and the Director. Some agreements, operating and concession agreements, also require final contract review by the Department of General Services. Donor agreements require only the Director’s approval. This list reflects those parks where the Director has signed off on the agreement and the agreement is final at the State Parks’ level, the pending DGS reviews noted with an asterisk. If no asterisks in list, agreements are complete. 1. 2. 3. 4. Antelope Valley Indian Museum Colusa-Sacramento River SRA Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park Henry W. Coe State Park D – Donation, Parks operate OG – City of Colusa to operate NPS D – Donation from CPPF to Parks to operate Other – Donation/grants to fix failing sewer line and parks operate C-Bodie Foundation collect parking fees to support NPS NPS Other – County agreement on no parking signs D- Olmsted donation and Foundation matching $$ D-Plumas-Eureka Foundation donation agreement ONP- Non-profit Valley of the Moon Interpretive Association agreement. D-Donor Agreement - Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks OG- Napa Valley Reg. Parks and Open Space District OG-Napa Valley Reg. Parks and Open Space District OG – City of Benicia and Benicia State Parks Association
5. McGrath State Beach
6. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Res. 7. Samuel P. Taylor 8. Tomales Bay State Park 9. South Yuba River SHP 10. Jug Handle State Natural Res. 11. Plumas-Eureka SP 12. Jack London State Historic Park
13. Santa Cruz Mission SHP 14. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park 15. Bale Grist Mill SHP 16. Benicia Capitol State Historic Park
17. Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park 18. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park* 19. Palomar Mountain State Park 20. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
21. Los Encinos SHP 22. Santa Susana SHP 23. Weaverville Joss House SHP 24. Castle Rock State Park 25. Shasta State Historic Park
26. Turlock Lake SRA** 27. Woodson Bridge SRA** 28. Brannan Island SRA ** 29. Governor’s Mansion SHP 30. Limekiln State Park
OG – Humboldt County, with fund help from Save the Redwoods OG-Team Sugarloaf D-Donor Agreement, Friends of Palomar State Park D-Donor Agreement - SonomaPetaluma State Historic Park Association D- Los Encinos Task Force with donor/gift support D-Santa Susana Mountain Park Association D- Weaverville Joss House Association D-Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundations D-Shasta Historical Society and town of Shasta Interpretive Association C – American Land and Leisure C – American Land and Leisure C – American Land and Leisure D-Co-op Ass’n and donation C-Private park companies
*Approved by State Parks, now at DGS for review. ** Sent notice of intent to award contract D-Donor Agreement OG-Operating Agreement, Gov’t ONP-Operating Agreement, Non-profit (AB42) C-Concession Agree Other- Variable
Parks with Partnership Agreements in progress, or efforts ongoing to save the parks from closure:
These are the parks where partnership negotiations are in progress and partnerships agreements are possible. That means many parks have cities, counties, non-profits, donors or others that have shown an interest and are in discussions or soon will be. Please be aware that the following list is a ―point-in-time‖ listing and it might not have captured all the parks under negotiation at the local level. If that is the case, please send information and additions shall be included as appropriate. But again, until
an agreement is signed by both the District and the Director, it is not considered a donedeal and moved to the first listing. 1. Annadel State Park Sonoma Regional Parks – Approved Tuesday by Sonoma Board of Supervisors and coming to Sacramento for Director’s review and signature. Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association Stewards of Coast and Redwoods Save the Mansion effort
2. Anderson Marsh State Park 3. Austin Creek SP 4. Bidwell Mansion SHP 5. Point Cabrillo Light Station 6. Pio Pico SHP
Concession Agreement possible City of Whittier and Friends of Pio Pico 7. Portola Redwoods SP Save the Redwoods, Peninsula Open Space Trust and PortolaCastle Rock Foundation 8. Railtown 1897 Co-op and Tuolumne Co. 9. Twin Lakes State Beach Local agreements 10. George J. Hatfield SRA D-Local donor group 11. McConnell SRA D-Local donor group 12. Hendy Woods SP D-New non-profit group/SRL 13. Fort Tejon SHP D-Fort Tejon Historical Assoc. 14. Leland Stanford Mansion SHP Interagency funding agreement with Legislature 15. Morro Strand State Beach ONP-Three non-profits submitting proposals. 16. Olompali SHP ONP-Non-profit, MSPA 17. Russian Gulch SP ONP-Non-profit, MAPA 18. Standish-Hickey SRA D- In negotiations 19. Tule Elk State Natural Res. D-In negotiations 20. Castle Crags State Park D- In negotiations 21. Salton Sea State Recreation Area D-Agreement being explored. 22. Benbow Lake SRA C-Bid for Concession 23. China Camp SP ONP-MSPA 24. Candlestick Point SRA Calif. State Parks Foundation exploring options 25. Westport Union Landing SP D-Being explored
Parks where RFPs to be issued:
The State Public Works Board on February 1, 2012 gave permission to authorize the Department of Parks and Recreation to issue RFPs for concessions at a number of parks subject to closures. This RFP process does not mean that a park would not be removed from either list if another operator, like a non-profit, comes forward with an acceptable proposal. The state park units offered for RFP include the following: RFP #1 (Issued March 9, 2012) Brannan Island, Woodson Bridge and Turlock Lake have moved to the first list above as completed concession agreements. Hatfield SRA and McConnell SRA have move off RFP list to the agreements in progress list above, possible donor agreements. RFP #2 (Issued April 5, 2012 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Providence Mountains State Recreation Area – no bid Picacho State Recreation Area – Desert Region – no bid Gray Whale Cove State Beach – Central Coast – no bid Moss Landing State Beach – Central Coast – no bid Zmudowski State Beach – Central Coast – no bid Other parks that were on this list have been moved to lists above, as appropriate. (Salton Sea, Castle Crags, Grizzly Creek, Benbow, Standish-Hickey, Castle Rock, Portola Redwoods and Limekiln)
RFP #3 (Issued April 5, 2012) Hendy Woods SP (Mendocino County) – Moved to Agreement in Progress listing with possible donor. Russian Gulch SP (Mendocino County) moved to Agreement in Progress list with possible non-profit agreement. Westport Union Landing SP (Mendocino County) Moved to Agreement in Progress list with possible donor. Status of the list of 70 on closure list as of the date of this document 1. Partnership agreements done, all types – 30 2. Possible partnerships agreements, all types – 25 3. No concrete options as of this date -- 15 Total from closure list – 70 Total done or possible - 56 These proposed concessions do not change the ownership of the park; ownership remains under State Parks. It would require that parks be operated under
State Parks guidelines for public use and access. The release of the RFPs was proposed for March and April with the awarding of contracts in the Spring of 2012. Proposed concessions include: Operation of campgrounds, day-use areas and associated activities, and facilities, including, but not limited to, restrooms and kiosks. Key Points about RFP Process – Due to recent concerns about the intention of the RFP process, State Parks issued the following points of clarification: (1) Parks has a preference for concessions over operating agreements—we do not, (2) non-profits need to participate in the RFP process rather than discussing operating agreements—they do not, but can go that route, and, (3) Parks has already chosen particular partnership approaches for certain parks—we have not. State Parks sees the RFP Process as a contingency option, a 2nd option waiting and ready to go should another proposal turn out not to be the best option for continuing the mission of the park. All negotiations for agreements with non-profits now in progress or slated to occur will continue on track until an agreement is or is not reached. If a nonprofit is not capable of operating a park or part of a park, then the 2nd option standing-by may be utilized. State Parks will evaluate all proposals on the basis of what option best accomplishes the mission. None of those listed for an RFP would be operated entirely by a private concessionaire. State Parks will retain authority and responsibility over the park property and resources; concessionaires will provide for visitor service functions like day-use and camping. State Parks looks forward to working with all potential partners to best serve California’s citizens and best protect the resources of the State Park System.
Current Status of parks operated by other than CA State Parks
1. Operated by non-profits – 2, El Presidio de Santa Barbara SHP and Marconi Conference Center SHP. 2. Operated by cities, counties and special districts –32, such as Eastshore State Park, by East Bay Reg. Park Dist.; and, Dockweiler State Beach, operated by City of Los Angeles. (Full list available in the State Parks Planning Milestones document of July 1, 2011.)
Partnership and Sponsorship Program:
About a dozen companies, to include Coca-Cola, Bosch, Travelocity, Subaru, State Bros. Markets, and others, have provided the system with about $6.8 million over the past 3 years. These projects have provided funding for reforestation of burned-over parks, recycling projects, beach dune restoration, beach clean-up programs and the
like. It is not funding that goes toward paying for daily operational expenses for keeping a park open, since it is one-time money that cannot be counted on from year to year in a park budget.
190 private concessionaires now operate in State Parks across the State, bringing in more than $12 million yearly in rent and revenue. These concessions include such businesses as: restaurants, snack bars, boat rentals, marina operations, camp stores, golf courses, lodging, retail sales and theatres. This funding does go toward the operation and maintenance of park units, along with General Funding money.
In 2010, more than 34,000 volunteers worked in our 279 parks, providing more than 1.1 million hours of work, a labor value of more than $23 million. ###
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