What do you value about County parks?
There are 15 units in the Humboldt County Parks system:
|A.W. Way||Fairhaven T Beach Access||Moonstone Beach|
|Big Lagoon||Freshwater||Pedrazzini Boat Launch|
|Jimmy Smith Fields Landing Boat Launch||Samoa Power Pole Beach Access|
|Clam Beach||Margarite Lockwood River Access||Samoa Campground and Boat Launch|
|Crab Park||Mad River Beach||Van Duzen|
Humboldt County also manages the Hammond Trail, and is currently working on a plan to open the McKay Community Forest for public access, as well as the engineering and permitting for a portion of the Humboldt Bay Trail.
The County Parks budget includes revenue from camping fees (five campgrounds) and day-use fees (at four parks) and an allocation from the County General Fund. In the current fiscal year, the projected revenue is $386,680 and the General Fund allocation is $274,468. Two of the 15 parks have revenues that exceed the management and maintenance costs, while the other 13 parks have either no revenue or revenue less than total costs. The fee for overnight camping is $20 at A.W. Way, Big Lagoon, Samoa, and Van Duzen, and $15 at Clam Beach. Day-use fees are $2 at Big Lagoon, $3 at A.W. Way, $3 to $5 at Freshwater, and $5 at Van Duzen.
Historically County Parks have been maintained with a limited budget; now a spike in insurance costs ($91,842 this fiscal year) has forced consideration of options for increasing funding, reducing expenses, or a combination of both.