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Agenda
Parks Forward Initiative
Public Workshops

October 3, 2013
1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Auburn
120 Grass Valley Hwy
Auburn, CA 95603

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Objectives

Agenda
Time Topic Presenter(s)
12:45 p.m. Arrivals
1:00 p.m.  Welcome and Introduction
  •  Welcome and  introductions
  •  Overview of workshop objectives,  agenda and ground rules
  • State Parks Commissioners
  • Ken Wiseman, PFI Executive Director
  • Facilitator
1:25 p.m.  Overview of Parks Forward Initiative
  •  Clarifying questions
  • Ken Wiseman, PFI Executive Director
  • Facilitator
1:50 p.m.

Power Point Presentation

 Theme 1: Meeting the Needs of All Californians
What is working well, what is not working well, and what key improvements could be made to ensure state parks better meet the needs of all Californians in your region?
  •  Introduce focus questions (see below)
  •  Invited guests share key perspectives on Theme 1
    •  Darla Guenzler - Executive Director (CA Council of Land Trusts)
    •  Larry Bienati - President (Sierra State Park Foundation)
    •  Bill Withuhn - Curator Emeritus (Smithsonian Museum of American History)
  •  Public input on Theme 1
  •  Summary
  • Facilitator
  • Invited guests
  • All
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.  Theme 2: Sustainable Funding
What should be done to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of State Parks?
  •  Introduce focust questions (see below)
  •  Invited guests share key perspectives on Theme 2
    •  Steve Frisch - President (Sierra Business Council)
  •  Public input on Theme 2
  •  Summary
  • Facilitator
  • Invited guests
  • All
4:10 p.m.  Theme 3: Partnerships
What are the opportunities for improving and/or expanding use of alternative operating arrangements that could enhance visitor experiences while improving long-term financial sustainability of State Parks?
  •  Introduce focus questions (see below)
  •  Invited guests share key perspectives on Theme 3
    •  Mike Conner - Senior Project Director, Real Estate (The Nature Conservancy)
  •  Public input on Theme 3
  •  Summary
  • Facilitator
  • Invited guests
  • Facilitator
4:50 p.m.  Closing Remarks
  • State Parks Commissioners
  • Ken Wiseman, PFI Executive Director
5:00 p.m. Open House
  • All
5:30 p.m. Adjourn


FOCUS QUESTIONS

Invited speakers will use the following questions to help focus their brief presentations. Members of the public are invited to address their own comments toward these questions during the public comment period or in written form at the meeting. Public comment is also welcome at any time at
www.parksforward.com.

Theme 1: Meeting the Needs of All Californians

  1. How would you characterize those groups currently using the state parks in your region, and those groups of potential park visitors that are underserved and under-represented today by your state parks? 
  2. What types of parks or park services, facilities, programs, and activities are required to meet the needs of both existing and future visitors?  
  3. Under what conditions and by what criteria should any new state parks be created or new acreage added to existing state parks?   

Theme 2: Sustainable Funding

 

  1. Should State Parks aim for self-sufficiency, or should it always receive some dependable level of support from the state? If the latter, what State Park functions merit at least some state funding?
  2. What is the right mix of funding sources for State Parks among those available, including general fund, taxation, user fees, service and concession revenue, corporate, philanthropy?  
  3.  What specific, significant opportunities are there to reduce costs, increase revenues, or otherwise prioritize spending within State Parks?

Theme 3: Partnerships

 

  1. What is working and what is not working in existing park operating partnerships and cooperative management arrangements in your region?
  2.  What are the most appropriate roles and functions for partners to perform relating to operation of State Parks?
  3.  What can State Parks do to better support and manage effective operating partnerships?