California kicks off State Parks Week as new State Park opens in Central Valley
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~ Sacramento, CA - As California's newest State Park, Dos Rios, opens its gates to the public today, Governor Gavin Newsom has declared June 12-16, 2024 as California State Parks Week. This proclamation coincides with the opening of Dos Rios, located in the San Joaquin Valley outside of Modesto, which is the first new State Park to open since 2014.

Governor Newsom expressed his excitement for the opening of Dos Rios and its significance in supporting California's new nature-based solutions targets. These targets aim to utilize over half of the state's land to combat the climate crisis. "Our state parks are a point of pride and inspiration for Californians and visitors from around the world," said Governor Newsom. "Today, we celebrate the opening of Dos Rios - our first new State Park in a decade - which creates new outdoor recreation opportunities for Central Valley communities, provides habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife, and advances the state's innovative efforts to combat the climate crisis using nature-based solutions."

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First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom also shared her enthusiasm for Dos Rios and its impact on both the environment and local community. "The Central Valley - the beating heart of our state's agriculture sector - is now home to California's first new State Park in nearly a decade," said First Partner Newsom. "Dos Rios is an example of the work we're doing to heal our environment through land restoration and protection of endangered species while bringing undeniable benefits to those who spend time in nature."

Governor Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom were present at Dos Rios' dedication on Earth Day earlier this year. The approximately 1,600-acre property is not only a public park but also a private floodplain restoration project that aims to restore habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife at the Tuolumne and San Joaquin rivers.

The opening of Dos Rios today also coincides with the third annual State Parks Week, which celebrates the state park system's 280 destinations and highlights the importance of outdoor access for the health and well-being of communities. "We are thrilled to open Dos Rios as we celebrate State Parks Week," said Governor Newsom. "This new State Park will provide a much-needed escape into nature for Californians and visitors alike."

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For those interested in visiting Dos Rios, more information can be found on the California State Parks website. Additionally, a complete list of State Parks Week events and how to participate can be found at

With its opening, Dos Rios joins the ranks of California's other state parks in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, conservation efforts, and promoting the importance of nature-based solutions in combating climate change. As Governor Newsom stated, "Dos Rios is not just a new State Park - it is a symbol of our commitment to protecting our environment and creating a more sustainable future for all."

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