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Saving the Parks

"If something this big were to close, it'd rip a piece of the heart from Hunters Point and Bayview, period," said 16-year-old Reneka Jones. This weekend volunteers were doing their best to fix up Candlestick Point, as the park is in dire need of help and is set to close by July because of budget cuts. Through "various blends of donations and partnerships" some of the parks that are supposed to close across California have been saved, so there's hope. The Candlestick Point State Recreation Area isn't there yet, but the community's putting forth the effort to see that it happens. "We feel like this place is too precious to lose," said Elizabeth Goldstein, the State Parks Foundation president. [SFGate/photo via Sergio Ruiz]