In 2009 the park was under the risk of being closed due to state budget cuts. Russian ambassador Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak petitioned in favor of the park, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promised nothing. On June 22, 2010, a memorandum of understanding between the Renova Group of Companies and the State of California, and between Renova Group and Fort Ross Conservancy (then the Fort Ross Interpretive Association) was signed in San Francisco in the presence of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev "to affirm a partnership to support and promote the preservation of California's Fort Ross State Historic Park, and to raise awareness of its historical and cultural significance."[dead link] The threatened park closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.
Today, the park and visitors center are open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10am-4:30pm. During the summer they are also open on Fridays. Park grounds may be visited from sunrise to sunset throughout the year. Check the website for more details: Fort Ross SHP