Closing State Parks

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On July 1, at the height of the summer camping and hiking season, dozens of state parks are slated to close due to budget cuts. But park supporters and politicians are scrambling to keep many sites open through partnerships, corporate sponsorships and other fundraising efforts. We'll get the latest on the unprecedented closings. Is one of your local parks shutting its gates? What will it mean for your community?

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Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks

Joe Simitian, California state senator (D-Palo Alto) whose "Sustainable Parks Proposal" is currently part of the budget package

Traci Verardo-Torres, vice-president for government affairs for the California State Parks Foundation

Rachael Myrow, host and reporter for KQED's The California Report