Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Supervising Park Ranger Stuart Organo loves the rolling hills and meandering streams of Henry W. Coe State Park. Today, there are no visitors in this huge expanse of land, only a feeling that second-largest state park in the system could be closed due to budget problems.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Coyote Creek meanders through Henry W. Coe State Park northeast of Morgan Hill. Light visitation and low revenues have made California’s second-largest park a target in the state’s budget battles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Quail gather on the rocks in Henry W. Coe State Park. Many parks won’t so much be closed as unsupervised and not maintained.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The dry seed heads of Rose Clover are found along the roads in Henry W. Coe State Park near Morgan Hill. Closing the park would save nearly $600,0000 a year, officials say.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A very worn male Sepia Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium) perches on some small flowers near Coyote Creek in Henry W. Coe State Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

An immature red-tailed hawk soars over the grasslands and meandering streams of Henry W. Coe State Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Many of the old ranch fixtures remain near the headquarters of Henry W. Coe State Park.The 136-acre preserve has 200 miles of trails.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Supervising Park Ranger Stuart Organo loves the rolling hills and meandering streams of Henry W. Coe State Park. “The people that like to use this park are looking for solitude, and we’ve got it in spades,” he says.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Henry W. Coe State Park is the second-largest park in the state. A volunteer group called the Coe Park Preservation Fund has found a benefactor that could help keep the park open.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Some state parks threatened with closure

Pictures in the News | Aug. 10, 2015

In Monday's Pictures in the News, thousands take part in CicLAvia along Venice Boulevard, between Culver City and Venice. Fountain Valley: A home is severely damaged by fire...   View Post»

   

Some state parks threatened with closure

The Week in Pictures | July 20 – 26, 2015

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. Winters, Calif: The glow of flames from the Wragg fire is visible in Winters, west of Sacramento, where the...   View Post»

   

Comic-Con invades San Diego

Comic-Con invades San Diego Convention Center

Comic-Con International, a celebration of fanboy culture, invades the San Diego Convention Center. Tens of thousands of fans are gathering for all things geek. Toys, comics,...   View Post»

   

Some state parks threatened with closure

Pictures in the News | Nov. 8, 2011

In today's Pictures in the News, an airborne black rhinocerous in South Africa, efforts in Jordan to have the Dead Sea chosen as one of the "Seven Wonders of Nature," a mass...   View Post»

Some state parks threatened with closure

The move to lock up one-fourth of the state park system — long-threatened in California but never carried out — has exposed a maze of obstacles and complications that could undercut any potential savings and leave California’s open space vulnerable to vandalism, marijuana farmers and poachers.

Read the full story by Tony Barboza: Closing the gates to Eden to save money

1 Comment

  1. April 25, 2014, 8:30 am

    Will this be Gov Jerry Brown’s legacy? Balancing the budget by closing parks… Waiting for his news conference bragging about closing the Parks as part of his campaign effort….

    By: Rich

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published