California hasn't opened a new state park since 2009. A confluence of budget deficits, political choices and failed ballot measures is to blame. But with a state budget surplus and a new governor, parks advocates are hoping for a turnaround. Read more.
Check out this new article in the East Bay Times, featuring Save Mount Diablo's Four Days Diablo group camping trip this past April. | Montclarions Steve and Carolyn Balling have hiked all over the world. So has Oakland’s Shirley Langlois. But there’s a place in their own backyard that keeps calling them back — Mount Diablo. "A lot of people think of it in a spiritual way,” says Steve Balling, but hikers know it as a spectacular playground that dominates the Bay Area landscape." For Steve, Carolyn and Shirley, Mount Diablo is more than just a prominent part of the landscape. They’ve found world-class hiking in one of the most diverse ecosystems in California. “Our philosophy is ‘You can’t protect something you don’t love,’ ” says Steve. “People need to learn to love Mount Diablo … learn to love the outdoors.”
Watch “A Vision for Mount Diablo” on NBC Bay Area’s OpenRoad with Doug McConnell, featuring Save Mount Diablo
Watch "A Vision for Mount Diablo: East Contra Costa County Advocacy in Action", broadcasted on NBC Bay Area's OpenRoad with Doug McConnell on Earth Day, April 22, 2018 | Explore eastern Contra Costa County, one of the fastest growing regions in the Bay Area, and encounter significant land use choices facing people there and statewide that will affect the future of parks and open spaces in Contra Costa for generations to come.