The state Department of Parks and Recreation is about to close bidding on a $200,000 contract to study the economic impact of outdoor recreation in California. The deadline for bids is today at 2 p.m.
Click here to see the Bidsync page. If the page has changed or is taken down after the deadline, you can still read about it by
clicking here. The graphics don't translate in the download, but the text is intact.
Click here , to read the summary of the study, which is slated to start this fall and finish up next summer.
You're probably wondering, like the half-dozen state workers who e-mailed us about this did, why the heck is Parks doing this while it's closing facilities?
Here's the rest of the story: Half the money is coming from a land and water conservation grant from the U.S. National Park Service and the state is kicking in the other half, according to Parks spokesman Roy Stearns.
The data will be used by the feds in deciding how to divvy up the dollars to parks departments at the local through state levels.
State and federal officials had been talking about cooperating on a study since 2002, which was also the last time the state has looked at the economics of outdoor recreation. In July 2008, the two sides signed an agreement to do the study and split the costs, Stearns told us.
UPDATE Aug. 11, 10:45 a.m.: Stearns passed along this e-mail from inside State Parks late Monday afternoon:
The total (dollar) amount for the econ. study is $279k. CSP match was $139k. This was submitted 8/1/07 and finally approved 9/15/08.