BENICIA -- The Benicia State Recreation Area is now open seven days a week to cars, city officials have announced.
Once slated for closure, services at the park had been cut, including vehicle access on Mondays and Tuesdays.
However, Vallejo, Benicia and Solano County contributed $24,000 that the state matched to restore daily operations from Dec. 1 through June 30, according to a city news release. The state funding came from the $20.5 million in previously undisclosed park funds identified last year.
The agreement will also pay for new signs and park furniture along the park's San Francisco Bay and Bay Ridge trail segments, city officials said.
The nonprofit Benicia State Parks Association, in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society, had previously entered into an agreement with the state Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain the park's Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden.
The park was one of 70 targeted for closure in 2011. The Benicia Capitol State Historic Park on First Street was also included on the closure list.
The agreement is in addition to the $51,000 that Benicia already committed to maintaining the grounds and bathrooms at the capitol. That agreement expires June 30.