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California State Parks, Per Unit Costing Report

The Department of Parks and Recreation operates the State Park System and is currently comprised of 280 park units (278 park units in 2010-11 fiscal year) that help deliver park and recreation services to the people of California. The State Park System is organized into 25 districts, five of which include off-highway vehicle parks. Many of the districts are further organized into 66 smaller groupings called sectors, and each sector comprises several park properties. The increased level of fiscal information provided in this report and in the future will allow for a greater understanding of how departmental funding is allocated amongst the various state parks in support of California's State Park System.

The Department's fiscal tracking system reports expenditures to the district level of the State Park System. The Department developed estimates of how those expenditures should be distributed among the various parks in the system. Included in this report is the Department's estimate of how the district expenditures are distributed among the parks for both 2010-11 and projected for 2013-14. The Department's examination of the State Park System's budget focused on the support budget expenditures-not capital outlay or local assistance expenditures-in order to capture those costs that best reflect the costs of operating individual parks within a park system. Going forward, the Department is tracking expenditures of the park system at the park unit level.

This report includes the following:


California State Parks Unit Expenditure Summary Fiscal Year 2010-11 

California State Parks Unit Expenditure Data Fiscal Year 2010-11

California State Parks Budget Plan Fiscal Year 2013-14