The Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District needs our help.
When the State of California last year announced it was closing 70 State Parks, including the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, the local reaction was one of great dismay. Many people, ranging from Napa Valley’s founding families to visitors who have used these parks for generations, asked the District what could be done.
In response, the District has partnered with the non-profit Napa Valley State Parks Association to jointly restore and operate these two parks. They have now signed an agreement with State Parks to take over management on April 1st of this year.
Under this plan, the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District will manage both Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, in partnership with the Association which will continue its role maintaining and operating visitor services at the Mill. For further details, see www.napaoutdoors.org
The fundamental challenge is that these parks must be transformed from financial drains to break-even operations, while preserving the rustic charm and incredible natural and historic resources of the parks. The key for doing this is to repair some of the historic cabins and houses on the property that are currently being allowed to deteriorate and are a financial drain on the park, and turn them into economically productive assets.
The District’s financial plan is solid, but it does require an initial infusion of grant funding to turn the corner on the cycle of deferred maintenance and declining financial health that has consumed these two state parks.
As Friends of the Napa River, we wholeheartedly support this effort with a matching grant up to $2500. Please consider a donation to help achieve this goal and we will match your donation dollar for dollar from our own reserves. Donations should be made by sending a check in any amount to Friends of the Napa River, 68-B Coombs St, Napa CA 94559. Please indicate “Bothe/Grist” or “State Parks” on the check (it’s tax deductible.)
You may also use our donation link to make the payment!
Thank you for considering our request to help save Napa’s two state parks.
President, Friends of the Napa River