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Parking Rates Lowered At Silver Strand State Beach

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Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015 2:48 pm

There are new lower rates for day use parking at Silver Strand State Beach in order to encourage locals and visitors to check out the area. Silver Strand offers dramatic scenic views, a natural beach setting, and educational programs, as well as surfing, other recreational water sports, picnic areas, or just going for walks.

The day use parking fees at Silver Strand State Beach are now $2 for up to an hour, $4 for up to two hours, or $8 for all day. The fees were previously $2 higher for each of the rates. According to the Park Superintendent Richard Dennison, “We want people to have better access to the great resources at this State Beach, particularly families in the South Bay area, as part of our outreach. It is anticipated the lower rates will encourage San Diegans and tourists to visit, return, and help support the State Park System, as user fees fund a significant portion of the budget.” An Annual Day Use Pass, good for twelve months, is also available for $195.

California State Parks offer residents and visitors a front-row seat to our culture, natural splendor and history. From the serenity of our local State Beach to the history at Old Town San Diego, our State Parks offer learning, relaxation, recreation, and adventure. Silver Strand offers nature walks and surfing lessons, and is the site of Crown Cove Aquatic Center, a Boating Instruction & Safety Center, operated by Southwestern College.

Today, 279 state parks covering 1.6 million acres draw some 70 million visitors annually, returning an estimated $6.5 billion to the California economy and supporting 56,000 California jobs. Yet, State general fund support for our parks has dropped in past years. According to the Little Hoover Commission Report: “Public parks in California have long been held out as a classic public good, supported by taxpayers and available to all. For much of the park system’s history, the General Fund was a primary source of revenue. In 1979, the General Fund provided 91 percent of state park funding. California state parks since have gradually transitioned from a tax-supported system to a fee-supported system. Several years of state budget shortfalls over the past two decades accelerated the trend with General Fund support falling to 22 percent in the 2012-13 state budget.”

The lower rates may continue through Spring, as data is evaluated for revenue changes.

Information on Silver Strand State Beach, including surfing lessons and programs offered by the Aquatic Center, is available at www.parks.ca.gov

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  • RalphNeil posted at 12:53 pm on Fri, Jan 30, 2015.

    RalphNeil Posts: 10

    City workers must be board in their special offices in city hall to dream this up. No one has heard from merchants complaining about this issue. Couple of dollars will not change the problem. Just something to justify their job. All that work to change these fees, which will be pocketed by un-audited workers. Available on street parking that's cheap (and yes, $2 is cheap) helps restaurants and businesses, you can read more here about financial assistance. The parking rates are just great to begin with.

     

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