In part one of the documentary, we explore the feasibility of "closing" a CA State Park. What does that even mean? After talking with alot of experts, it seems none of the parks can be closed in any meaningful way. If people want to, they can still get in, but now unsupervised with no park rangers, it will only encourage more vandalism, squatting, fires, and theft, while law-abiding citizens cannot experience these parks. What it comes down to is that this isn't a "closure". Not continuing to protect these places and leaving them vulnerable is nothing short of abandonment.
By June 2012, 70 California State Parks are scheduled to close. The 2011 Folk4Parks Documentary tells this story through the eyes of individuals and organizations across CA who are fighting to keep these parks open. Folk4Parks.org is interested in understanding the issues around closures, the true costs and savings of closing 70 State Parks, and alternatives Californians can explore to make a different for our public lands.