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Chipotle Hopes Burritos Can Save State Parks

Seventy state parks are set to close July 1 and Chipotle is trying to avoid that.

While up to 70 California state parks are set to close on July 1, is doing its part to keep that from happening.

The burrito chain is donating $100K to the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF), which is looking to make up some of the $22 million budget cuts to state parks.

On June 30, the day before the closure could take place, Chipotle will also offer half off boxes of six or more burritos. That day, Chipotle will also give out free day passes for one vehicle to any state park. 

According to the CSPF, "Chipotle’s sponsorship also includes providing lunch and free meal cards for individuals who participate in CSPF’s Park Champions Program and volunteer their time in state parks to fill in the gaps left by funding cuts."

Chipotle is the first corporate sponsor to step up in aid of the state parks. 

"In the grand scheme of things, this donation is a small step in the right direction," said Chris Arnold, Chipotle's communications director. "We hope to inspire our customers to explore the wonders of California’s parks with burritos in tow and give back in their own way to CSPF."

According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the following local parks are set to be affected by the July 1 closures:

  • Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
  • Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Zmudowski State Beach
  • Moss Landing State Beach

To participate in the July 30 promotion, check out one of the two local Chipotle restaurants:

  • 1955 41st Ave., Capitola
  • 550 River St., Santa Cruz
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