Ten years ago, Friends of China Camp took over as managers and operators of China Camp State Park—a feat made possible only with the help of extraordinary community support and partnership. To mark this decade-long achievement, we’re throwing a party, and you’re invited.
The dinner event, titled “Our China Camp: 10 Years Together,” will be held October X6X at the park’s historic bayfront village. Slated to speak is Congressman Jared Huffman, who a decade ago (when he was in the California State Assembly) penned A.B. 42, state legislation that allowed nonprofits like FOCC to operate a state park.
“A decade ago, the community came together to keep China Camp open,” notes Martin Lowenstein, executive director of Friends of China Camp, operators of the roughly 1,500-acre state park. “It was an extraordinary achievement involving the California Department of Parks & Recreation, volunteers who stepped up into leadership positions, legislators, and community organizations, and they all deserve a big hand for their efforts.”
Back in 2011, China Camp and dozens of other state parks were slated for permanent closure—a budget-slashing move taken by then-Governor Jerry Brown. Locals who used and loved China Camp rose up, banding together to come up with a solution that would avert closure and assure the financial viability of the park. Efforts finally paid off in 2012 with the passage of Huffman-sponsored A.B. 42, which paved the way for a partnership between Friends of China Camp and the California State Department of Parks and Recreation.
“Partnership is what we’re commemorating this October,” says FOCC Executive Director Martin Lowenstein. “We want to send out a huge thank you to the community for saving this amazing park—for everyone.”
Also scheduled to speak at the October celebration is Carol Acquaviva, archivist for the Anne T. Kent California Room at the Marin County Free Library. Ms Acquaviva will share insights on the park’s diverse cultural history and its context with the rest of Marin County. Other very special speakers and presentations will be announced in the near future.
Stay tuned for details on tickets and more for this wonderful community event.