Commission Meetings

The Parks Forward Commission is scheduled to meet a total of seven times between September 2013 and May 2015 to assess the current system, review and discuss research and findings, adopt final recommendations, and monitor implementation progress.  

The public is always welcome to attend.  Meetings are also live webcast at CAL-SPAN as well as archived on that site.

Future Meetings

November 20th, 2014:
Sacramento, CA

May 2015:
Location to be determined

For more information on future meetings of the Commission, visit this website regularly or follow us on Twitter: @parksforward and Facebook: /ParksForward.

Previous Meetings

August 6th, 2014

Parks Forward commissioners spent the majority of this meeting discussing the most recent version of their draft plan [for more information on how this plan was created, please click here].  In addition, at this meeting, Acting Director of California State Parks Lisa Mangat gave a brief overview of critical improvement projects already underway at the Department.  Ken Wiseman, Executive Director of the Parks Forward Initiative, also gave a brief update on the Initiative's activities since the April 30 meeting in San Francisco, as well as previewed the next meeting scheduled for November 20, 2014.

April 30th, 2014

At this meeting, the director of the National Park Service (NPS) presented plans for the Park Services' 100th Anniversary, noting many similarities between current issues at California State Parks and NPS.  Parks Forward commissioners then discussed the latest Staff Draft Report, focusing on the potential recommendations found in Chapter 5. In addition, the Executive Director of the Parks Forward Initiative gave an update on the Parks Forward timeline, highlighting the addition of another Commission meeting now scheduled for November 20, 2014. 

February 12th, 2014

At this meeting, commissioners presented findings from recent work groups and discussed a working draft report outline written by staff.  A private research and development firm presented a report on the awareness, attitude and use of parks.  In addition, the Director of State Parks gave an update on recent and ongoing activities at the department. 

December 18th, 2013:

At this meeting, staff and commissioners presented the results of outreach efforts, consultant work on the financials of State Parks, and independent research on innovative models from other state and national park systems.The Director of State Parks also gave an update on near-term activities at the department. 

September 18th, 2013:  

The Parks Forward Commission held its first meeting on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Sacramento. The discussion focused on exploring the state's changing demographics as well as the challenges facing California State Parks. 

Work Group Meetings

These informal work group meetings provided Parks Forward commissioners the opportunity to discuss Parks' related issues in more depth.  All meetings were open to the public,  and those in attendance were welcome to make comments directly to commissioners.

Finance and Partnerships Work Group
January 21st, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm
Crowne Plaza, 4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94305

Finance and Partnerships Work Group
January 27th, 2014
9:30am – 11:30am
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, California 94704

Public Health & Park Access Work Group
January 28th, 2014
9:30am – 11:30am
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, California 94704

Public Health & Park Access Work Group

March 10th, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm
Radisson Hotel - Los Angeles Midtown at USC Ballroom Center
3540 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA  90007

Public Health & Park Access Work Groups

March 14th, 2014
1:00pm - 3:30pm
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Finance and Partnerships Work Group

March 17th, 2014
1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Presidio Log Cabin
1299 Storey Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129