George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area

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George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area is a state park unit on the Merced River Merced County, California. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley about 20 miles (32 km) south of Modesto.

Features[edit]

The park has many native riparian zone trees and is home to various wildlife, especially birds. Swimming, fishing and picnicking are popular activities.[1]

The 46.5-acre (18.8 ha) park was established in 1953.[2]

Proposed for closure[edit]

George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area was one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program.[3] It was previously one of several state parks threatened with closure in 2008. Those closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George J. Hatfield SRA". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  2. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 18. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  3. ^ "State Parks Announces Closures" (PDF) (Press release). California State Parks. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  4. ^ McGreevy, Patrick; Sahagun, Louis (2009-09-26). "State parks to stay open, but with cuts in hours, staffing". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.). Retrieved 2011-12-30. 

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Coordinates: 37°21′28″N 120°57′38″W / 37.35778°N 120.96056°W / 37.35778; -120.96056