Closing Parks is Bad for Business

At a time when our economy is struggling and unemployment rates remain high, closing state parks will put increased pressure on the struggling small businesses that rely on state park visitors for survival. California’s travel and tourism industry including hotels, locally-owned bed and breakfast establishments, restaurants, retail shops, tour operations and many more businesses that rely on parks for visitation and economic activity will be negatively impacted. Simply stated — Closing Parks is Bad for Business.

Economic Impact of Parks

With over 70 million visits annually, California's state parks are an important economic engine to the local communities in which they are located, generating over $6 billion in overall economic activity across the state. Park closures and service reductions will result in reduced revenues for local businesses and overall losses in local fees and taxes.

Learn more about the economic impact of California's state parks by reading our economic fact sheets:

Economic Value of State Parks Central Coast Region
Central Valley Region Los Angeles Region
Northern California Region San Francisco Region
Sierra Region Southern California Region

Business Leaders Support Parks

In May 2012, members the Closing Parks is Bad for Business coalition representing over 10,000 businesses throughout California signed on to a letter opposing the planned closure of one-quarter of California's state parks due to budget cuts. The coalition urged the governor in a letter to continue funding the parks for the good of the state’s economic well being.

Our member properties rely heavily on visitors to state parks. Without these visitors, hotels and locally owned bed and breakfast inns that rely heavily on the state parks will be devastated.”
-- President & CEO of the California Hotel & Lodging Association and the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns Lynn Mohrfeld

View the letter here.

In March 2012, over 150 business leaders from throughout California urging him to keep state parks open. The letter stresses the important role that state parks play in California's economy. See the letter here.

State parks provide a clear economic benefit, that is why so many chambers of commerce and business groups are coming to their defense.”
-- California State Parks Foundation President Elizabeth Goldstein

Join the Campaign!

Now, more than ever, the voice of California's business community – particularly the travel and tourism sector and businesses that benefit from state park visitation – is needed to emphasize business impacts of closing parks and to join the movement to keep parks open.

How can businesses support the Closing Parks is Bad for Business Campaign?

  • Endorse the Campaign on behalf of your business/organization
  • Share a story or testimonial about how closing parks is bad for your business (email advocacy@calparks.org with your story or to set up a time to be interviewed)
  •  Display a Closing Parks is Bad for Business placard in your place of business (request a free CPBB placard by emailing advocacy@calparks.org)