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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 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 Breakdown of CA State Park Campgrounds Environmental RV 3% 7% Developed 55% Dock/Moor 9% Hike/Bike Primitive 2% 24% Alternative Camping <1% California State Parks has 3,600 miles of trails and over 15,000 campsites. Over 5 million visitors enjoyed hikes and tours Over 95,000 attended campfire programs Approximately 550,000 school children attended interpretive programs The Demand is Growing… Park Attendance 1993/94 59 million 2004/2005 80 million Beach Attendance 1995/96 20 million 2004/05 35 million No Tent? No Gear? No Problem. Try “Camping Lite” with Yurts and Cabins Meeting needs RESPOND TO TRENDS IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE INCREASE PARK USE IN SHOULDER SEASON Trends • POPULATION GROWTH • DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS • STRESS IN DAILY LIFE • DEMAND FOR CAMPING Customers AGING BABY CHILDLESS BOOMERS MIDDLE AGERS PARENTS WITH NEW OFF-SEASON YOUNG CHILDREN CAMPERS FORMER RV YOUNG ADULTS OWNERS (’TWIXTERS) CAMPERS WITH DISABILITIES What other states said Happy Campers Revenue 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 Existing CA Parks facilities Rustic Cabins Floating Camps Tent Cabins What can be added Yurts Modern Tent Cabins Slightly Bigger Cabins Schedule 2-year market test BEGIN EVALUATE EXPAND (if warranted) 2005 2007 CONTACT INFORMATION: CA State Parks Planning Division Nina Gordon, Chief, Planning Division (916) 653-9901 firstname.lastname@example.org
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