Eureka! Local group strikes deal to keep state park open
Plumas-Eureka State Park will be open this summer with a full range of services thanks to an agreement between the Plumas Eureka State Park Association and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
“We’re very excited,” said Jay Skutt, president of the park association. “It’s good for the community. To see the park sit there and not be used would be a tragedy.”
The park is one of Plumas County’s biggest tourist attractions, drawing 50,000 visitors a year, and home to one of its premiere campgrounds.
Under the donor agreement, the association will contribute $70,000 over the next two years to park operations. The parks department will continue to provide a ranger, perform needed maintenance and operate the campground.
Skutt said the association had enough cash on hand for this year’s contribution but will need to raise funds to cover next year’s payment.
The association will continue to operate the museum store, the source of most of its revenue, along with membership dues and donations, and proceeds from Gold Discovery Days, a living history celebration.
Skutt emphasized that, unlike a concessions agreement, the donor agreement is a partnership between the two entities.
Reaching the agreement was “a long process,” Skutt said. “It was nip and tuck.” He credits park ranger Scott Elliott and the Graeagle Merchants Association for their help and support. Among other efforts, the Graeagle merchants submitted a petition with 760 signatures to Governor Jerry Brown protesting the proposed closure of the county’s only state park.