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Public Resources Code - PRC


  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 94. )

CHAPTER 1.691. California Park and Recreational Facilities Act of 1984 [5096.225 - 5096.267]

  ( Chapter 1.691 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 5, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 4. State Park System [5096.241 - 5096.243]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 5, Sec. 1. )


The Legislature recognizes that public financial resources are inadequate to meet all capital outlay needs of the state park system and that the development of recently acquired units of the state park system has proceeded at a rate that has prevented their full potential for public use from being realized. Accordingly, it is declared to be the policy of the state that funds allocated pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 5096.231 shall be appropriated primarily for projects that accomplish the following:

(a) Serve metropolitan population centers and accommodate day-use and weekend-overnight visits.

(b) Provide for the development of existing units with the minimum facilities necessary for accessibility, use, and interpretation.

(c) Rehabilitate facilities at existing units that will provide for more efficient management and reduced operational costs.

(d) Minimize dependence on motor vehicles and reduce other forms of energy and water consumption through appropriately designed facilities.

(e) Acquire those lands which will lead to the completion of ongoing projects.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 5, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 18 at the June 5, 1984, election.)


(a) Any Member of the Legislature, the State Park and Recreation Commission, the California Coastal Commission, or the Secretary of the Resources Agency may nominate any project to be funded under this article for study by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The State Park and Recreation Commission shall nominate projects after holding at least one public hearing to seek project proposals from individuals, citizen groups, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and other public agencies. Any of the commissions shall make nominations by vote of its membership.

(b) The Department of Parks and Recreation shall study any project so nominated.

(c)  Nominated projects shall be approved by the Secretary of the Resources Agency and forwarded by the secretary to the Director of Finance for inclusion in the Budget Bill.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 728, Sec. 142. (SB 71) Effective January 1, 2013. Note: This section was added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 5, and approved in Prop. 18 on June 5, 1984.)


(a) Acquisition for the state park system by purchase or by eminent domain shall be under the Property Acquisition Law (commencing with Section 15850 of the Government Code).

(b) Work efforts for stewardship purposes may include, but are not limited to, such objectives as the control of major erosion and geologic hazards, the restoration and improvement of critical plant and animal habitat, the control and elimination of exotic species encroachment, the stabilization of coastal dunes and bluffs, and the planning necessary to implement those activities. Those efforts may not include activities which merely supplement normal park system operations or which are usually funded from other sources.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 5, Sec. 1. Approved in Proposition 18 at the June 5, 1984, election.)

PRCPublic Resources Code - PRC4.