Access for All

We believe in the right of all Californians to have access to recreational opportunities, and enjoy the cultural, historic, and natural resources found across the state.

While California tackles important global challenges, a critical challenge confronts the state’s communities: Too many Californians can neither access state’s parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces, nor the state’s array of museums and cultural and historical sites. While many Californians get outside into nature frequently, millions never have the opportunity. Given this, the state need to expand all Californians’ access to parks, open space, nature and cultural amenities. This priority requires reshaping funding and programs to expand opportunities to enjoy these places. 

Championed by Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the Outdoors for All initiative is focused on equitably expanding outdoor access to all Californians through focused investments in open space infrastructure, outdoor programming, and improvements to state systems. These efforts seek to undo deeply ingrained inequities, and preserve the cherished natural, cultural, and tribal resources as the fight against climate change intensifies. Additionally, the Outdoors for All initiative further advances two other Agency priorities, Nature Based Solutions and 30x30 by investing in California’s public lands and natural resources.

The 2021 budget included a historic and unprecedented $1bllion investment in access-related infrastructure and programs, especially for disadvantaged communities. This funding includes more than $500 million in grants to local communities for parks infrastructure and programs including transportation and education, and more than $500 million for infrastructure and program improvements to expand access to State Parks. On December 8, the Newsom Administration announced $548.3 million in state grant funding  to deliver new parks to more than 100 communities.

As part of the initiative’s launch, the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) has unveiled a new professional sports-themed specialty license plate to provide a sustained revenue source to expand park access. Revenue generated by the specialty license plates will expand access to parks across the state and improve these parks and open spaces. CNRA looks forward to speaking with more professional sports teams in 2022 to strike agreements to make more specialty license plates available.

California Sports Team-Branded License Plates FAQ

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The launch of Outdoors for All presents immediate opportunities for partnership at state, federal, local, and tribal levels. CNRA will launch a statewide listening tour in 2022 to engage stakeholders across California as the agency drafts a Long-Term Roadmap for Outdoors for All. Outreach will include interagency Administration leads, legislative champions, tribal leadership, access advocates, non-profits and community-based organizations, the outdoor recreation industry, tribal, local and Federal government leaders, amongst others.