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Park supporters hope bond package makes ballot

State parks supporters are still hoping a public works bond package will make it to the voters in November. That's because they're banking on money for parks being part of it. Sacramento reporter Marianne Russ has more.

Despite some successes, such as the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, which opened in Sacramento last year, the state park system isn't at its best. At least that's according to Elizabeth Goldstein, who heads the California State Parks Foundation.

Goldstein: There's also a series of threats from encroaching development and actually proposals to build things like roads and transportation systems actually inside parks.

Goldstein says maintenance needs have piled up to the tune of $900 million. And there's another $1.2 billion in capitol needs: new visitor centers, new land and restoration. She says they're only asking for the $900 million in a state bond measure. However, some lawmakers have said parks shouldn't be included in the infrastructure bond plan.

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