Henry W. Coe State Park Will Remain Open !

signing MOU On December 19, 2012 Major General Anthony L. Jackson, Director of California State Parks, and Coe Park Preservation Fund board members signed an amendment to the donation agreement that was executed in December 2011. The new agreeent will keep Coe Park open through June of 2016. General Jackson stated that "This is our first, premier indicator of us moving beyond our recent troubles and forward with the restoration of trust in our park system." Read the press release


On December 12, 2011 the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Coe Park Preservation Fund (CPPF) announced that they have signed an contract that will avert the closure of Henry W. Coe State Park that had been scheduled for July 1, 2012.

Under the terms of the contract, the CPPF will provide the DPR with funds to cover park's current staff salaries while the DPR will ensure the revenue generated at Coe State Park is returned to the park for its operation and maintenance. This agreement will be in place for three years, or until the State of California resumes normal funding for the park. Under the agreement, the CPPF will have no administrative responsibility for the operation of Henry W. Coe State Park.

The CPPF will continue its efforts to create an endowment fund that will insulate Henry W. Coe State Park from any future California budget problems.

Special acknowledgement is given to Daniel McCranie — CPPF Board Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ON Semiconductors — whose generosity made this agreement possible.

Our Vision

To work together to preserve Henry W. Coe State Park, keeping it open and accessible to all for generations to come.

Our Mission

The Coe Park Preservation Fund brings together corporations, foundations, and individuals dedicated to preserving Henry W. Coe State Park, and ensuring that it remains open and accessible to all in perpetuity. Coe Park is the largest state park north of San Diego County, with more than 87,000 acres of wild open space. This Wilderness Next Door is open year-round for hiking, mountain biking and other strenuous physical activities as well as more contemplative pastimes such as nature study, painting and photography.

Our Strategy

To fulfill our mission, we have successfully obtained sponsorships from corporations, conservation-minded foundations and concerned individuals assuring that the basic financial needs of Henry W. Coe State Park — park staff salaries and basic maintenance — will be supported for a minimum of three years. Now, our objective is to create an endowment fund to assure that Henry W. Coe State Park can be kept open in perpetuity — immune from future economic fluctuations, assuring continuous public access.

Views of H. W. Coe State Park — The Wilderness Next Door

The Coe Park Preservation Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable foundation.