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At Mount Diablo, shuttered vista point a symbol of state park woes

Saturday, August 27, 2011

imageAnother emblem of the state’s crumbling infrastructure: Mount Diablo State Park in the East Bay is a crown jewel of California’s once-vaunted park system, and 800,000 visitors go there each year. But the popular observation deck at the top of the 3,849-foot peak (shown here in a 2008 photo) has been closed for a year and no one can say when it might reopen. Built in 1942, it’s falling apart and there’s no money for repairs.

Add: That’s despite park visitors being charged $10 per vehicle to enter. Superintendent Roland Gaebert tells the Contra Costa Times he isn’t hopeful the deck will reopen anytime soon:

In a dream scenario, if we had the funding and were able to properly plan, I would want to see it done in 18 to 24 months."

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