It’s been just one week since the Sacramento Bee uncovered $54 million dollars hidden within the State Parks Department. A report that lead to the resignation and firing of the top two people in command and park supporters wondering what’s next for the state parks that were listed for closure because of a lack of funds. Nevada County’s South Yuba River Citizens League lead the charge to keep two local parks open and SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardic says that has not changed.
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park has re-opened for limited, weekend-only operations . Dardic says SYRCL is working on ways to reduce operating costs at Malakoff, which has no power source and is spending $80 thousand a year for fuel to run diesel generators. Dardick say solar power is being looked into as a cost cutting move.
On Sunday August 5th SRRCL will be showing a special documentary on the 70 state parks that were slated for closure and will also launch a fundraising campaign to create a new documentary on the local campaign to save the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport and Malakoff Diggins. It will be at the Nevada Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at SYRCL or Briarpatch. For more information visit the website, yubariver.org.