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Shutting It Down

Did you know that Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is California's first urban state park? The Bayview-Hunters Point park draws about 20,000 visitors a year, and on July 1, the park is expected to close due to state park budget cuts. There was once talk of development funds, but that idea isn't moving forward fast enough. Closing the park will save an estimated $582,285 annually. And while there are plenty of groups rallying and trying to fundraise to save at least some of the park, state officials don't seem to want to budge on the upcoming closure. Upon its closure, park visitors will greeted by a closed sign, no restrooms, no water, no trash pickup, and it'll basically become a dumping ground and magnet for graffiti. Sad times. [Bay Nature]