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ALTERNATIVE CAMPING. Opportunities to Address Leisure Time Trends and Preferences. “Emerging Recreation and Tourism Opportunities in a Changing California” Nina Gordon Chief, Planning Division CA Department of Parks and Recreation. State Park Mission

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ALTERNATIVE CAMPING

Opportunities to Address

Leisure Time Trends and Preferences

“Emerging Recreation and Tourism Opportunities

in a Changing California”

Nina Gordon

Chief, Planning Division

CA Department of Parks and Recreation

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State Park Mission

To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation

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Breakdown of CA State Park Campgrounds

Environmental 3%

RV 7%

Developed 55%

Dock/Moor 9%

Hike/Bike 2%

Primitive 24%

Alternative Camping <1%

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California State Parks has 3,600 miles of trails and over 15,000 campsites.

  • Over 5 million visitorsenjoyed hikes and tours
  • Over 95,000 attended campfire programs
  • Approximately 550,000 school children attended interpretive programs
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No Tent?No Gear?No Problem.

Try “Camping Lite”with Yurts and Cabins

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Meeting needs

RESPOND TO TRENDS

IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE

INCREASE PARK USE IN SHOULDER SEASON

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Trends

  • POPULATION GROWTH
  • DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS
  • STRESS IN DAILY LIFE
  • DEMAND FOR CAMPING
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Customers

CHILDLESS MIDDLE AGERS

NEW OFF-SEASON CAMPERS

YOUNG ADULTS (’TWIXTERS)

AGING BABY BOOMERS

PARENTS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

FORMER RV OWNERS

CAMPERS WITH DISABILITIES

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What other states said

HappyCampers

Revenue

approximately 6 000 units in state parks across country
Approximately 6,000 units in state parks across country

Oregon

179 Yurts

“Camping Light”

Off-Season Camping up 4-5%

Volunteer Yurt Hosts

Washington

Facilities rented 200 nights/year

Cabins and Yurts

Cabins in historical areas to reflect theme

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Existing CA Parks facilities

RusticCabins

Floating Camps

Tent Cabins

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What can be added

Yurts

ModernTent Cabins

Slightly Bigger Cabins

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BEGIN

EVALUATE

EXPAND (if warranted)

2007

2005

Schedule

2-yearmarkettest

CONTACT INFORMATION:

CA State Parks Planning Division

Nina Gordon, Chief, Planning Division

(916) 653-9901 ngordon@parks.ca.gov