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Secluded park threatened with closure

Seclusion is threatening Henry W. Coe State Park near Gilroy.

Light visitation and low revenues have made California's second-largest park a target in the state's budget battles.

In May, California officials announced plans to close this rugged expanse and 69 other state parks by next summer to save $22 million, leaving volunteer groups scrambling to raise funds and forge agreements to keep them open.

Shutting down one-quarter of its park system, a move long threatened but never carried out in the state's history, has exposed a maze of obstacles and complications.

Park boosters around the state say abandoning the properties creates logistical headaches that could undermine the small savings the plan will bring, so they are working feverishly to keep them as accessible as possible. Read the full story on the park cuts.

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