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Agenda
Parks Forward Initiative
Public Workshops

October 14, 2013
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Center for Civic Engagement
2508 Historic Decatur Rd, Ste. 200
Auburn, CA 95603

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Objectives
Agenda
Time Topic Presenter(s)
2:45 p.m. Arrivals
3:00 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
3:25 p.m.  Overview of Parks Forward Initiative
  •  Clarifying questions
  • Ken Wiseman, PFI Executive Director
  • Facilitator
3:50 p.m.

Power Point Presentation

 Theme 1: Sustainable Funding
What should be done to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of State Parks?
  •  Introduce focus questions (see below)
  •  Invited guests share key perspectives on Theme 1
    •  Elizabeth Goldstein - President (CA State Parks Association)
  •  Public input on Theme 1
  •  Summary
  • Facilitator
  • Invited guests
  • All
4:45 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m.  Theme 2: Partnerships
What are the opportunities for improving and/or expanding use of alternative operating arrangements that could enhance visitor experiences while improivng long-term financial sustainability of State Parks?
  •  Introduce focust questions (see below)
  •  Invited guests share key perspectives on Theme 2
    •  Rick Barkley - Chairman (Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park)
    •  David McClure - President (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association)
    •  Chuck Ross - Owner (Old Town Family Hospitality Core)
  •  Public input on Theme 2
  •  Summary
  • Facilitator
  • Invited guests
  • All
5:50 p.m.  Theme 3: 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 3
    •  Emily Young - VP of Environment Programs, Opening the Outdoors Initiative (The San Diego Foundation)
  •  Public input on Theme 3
  •  Summary
  • Facilitator
  • Invited guests
  • Facilitator
6:50 p.m.  Closing Remarks
  • State Parks Commissioners
  • Ken Wiseman, PFI Executive Director
7:00 p.m. Open House
  • All
7:30 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: 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 2: 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?

Theme 3: 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?