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Inventory of the Recreation Commission/Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Recreation Records
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Recreation Commission/Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Recreation Records
    Inventory: F3588
    Creator: California. Recreation Commission

    Creator/Collector: Department of Natural Resources, Division of Recreation
    Extent: see Series Description
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Recreation Commission/Dept. of Natural Resources. Division of Recreation Records, F3588, California State Archives.

    Agency History

    The state Recreation Commission, established by the 1947 legislature (Stats. 1947, Ch. 1239, Sec. 8600 - 8608) was authorized to
    1. Regulate the State's resources in order to meet the expanding leisure time of people,
    2. Improve co-ordination in existing services of federal, state, and local agencies and
    3. To aid in the development of recreational facilities and programs for adults and children. Consisting of seven gubernatorial appointees, serving without compensation, the Commission worked with the Director of Recreation in controlling State facilities.
    However, in 1959, the Division of Recreation was added to the Department of Natural Resources (Stats. 1959, Ch. 1808). At the same time, the Recreation Commission was continued as an Advisory body on recreation policy for the Director, Division of Recreation. This Gubernatorial Reorganization Act of 1961 (Stats. 1961, Ch. 2037) created within the Resources Agency the Department of Parks and Recreation, which inherited the responsibilities formerly vested in the following divisions of the Department of Natural Resources: Beaches and Parks, Small Craft Harbors, and Recreation.