Crystal Cove Alliance Showcases Innovative Park Programs as Part of Statewide Conference

This year’s annual California League of Park Associations (CALPA) conference will highlight CCA’s exemplary programming

Online PR News – 18-May-2012 – Crystal Cove, Calif – CRYSTAL COVE, Calif. - Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) and Crystal Cove State Park will be showcased at this year’s annual conference of the California League of Park Associations (CALPA) during an on-site, day-long visit on Thursday, May 17.

CALPA is a volunteer group serving as an umbrella support organization with membership consisting of all of the cooperating associations & non-profit organizations within the California State Parks System. Its mission is to provide mutual support and networking among the non-profit organizations and individuals that are passionate about the protection and preservation of all 278 California State Parks.

The 2012 CALPA Conference, Uncharted Waters: Exploring the New Parks World for a Sustainable Future, will be held in San Diego May 16 to 20. This conference promises to be one of the most crucial events to help disseminate information and innovative ideas on the latest and greatest plans to help save parks. The 2012 conference will feature an extra day at Crystal Cove State Park hosted by Crystal Cove Alliance. At Crystal Cove, conference participants will have an opportunity to explore some of the award-winning, innovative programs and restoration that CCA has developed for the benefit of Crystal Cove State Park and all park visitors. CALPA guests also will have time to “live like a local” – enjoying cheeseburgers in paradise and beach time.

In an era when state budgetary issues threaten the very existence of many California State Parks, CCA has developed a successful model for sustainability, with 12 percent of all concession revenues (overnight cottage rentals and restaurants) deposited into a restricted account reserved for ongoing restoration and maintenance. As a leader in fundraising, restoration, education, and concession services, CCA is devoted to creating a sustainable future for Crystal Cove State Park.

“We look forward to welcoming approximately 100 conference participants who are as passionate about protecting and preserving their parks, as we are about ours,” said Laura Davick, CCA founder and director of external affairs. “We have reached significant milestones over the past decade at Crystal Cove State Park and continue to strive to develop best practices for restoration, education and conservation. We hope to inspire others and look forward to sharing this with CALPA members from across the state.”

The CALPA conference sessions at Crystal Cove on Thursday will be delivered by CCA staff, board members and park managers. Session topics include: “Development, Financing and Sustainability of Excellent Programs; A Sampling of CCA’s Out-of-the-Box SNAP! (Science & Nature at the Park) Programs; Great Interpretation and Education Through Your Park Store; Making a Deep Collaboration work: A Capital Project Case Study; Fund and Friend Raising Tools; and Co-op’s Growing Role in Partnership Development.

CCA works tirelessly to protect and provide open access to one of Orange County’s most treasured icons. Crystal Cove boasts 3.2 miles of undeveloped coastline, a protected underwater park, 28 miles of wilderness trails, and a preserved historic district—the last example of a vintage California beach community.

Entering Crystal Cove State Park’s Historic District is like taking a step back in time. Nestled between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, this small settlement of 46 historic beach cottages, tucked into an otherwise undeveloped 3.2 mile stretch of coastline, is far away from the hectic hustle and bustle of modern-day life. Today’s Crystal Cove provides both a valuable history and cultural lesson and a transformative experience to more than 800,000 visitors each year. The latest restoration phase included the “Beaches” Film and Media Center – the cottage where Bette Midler’s movie “Beaches” was filmed.

About Crystal Cove Alliance
Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA), the official nonprofit partner of Crystal Cove State Park, is dedicated to preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of Crystal Cove. Founded in 1999 to stop a planned luxury resort from overtaking the area, CCA rescued the historic site and initiated one of the most successful public-private partnership models in the history of the California State Park system.

Today, CCA is committed to preserving the coastal legacy through education, restoration and conservation. The partnership between Crystal Cove State Park and the Crystal Cove Alliance led to the renovation of 29 historic, beachfront cottages that are now open for overnight stays to the public; a feat that earned the park the prestigious Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in 2007. A leader in fundraising, restoration, education and concession services, CCA is devoted to creating a sustainable future for Crystal Cove.

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