822. The Mott Training Center

State Park Director William Penn Mott, Jr. wanted to strengthen and unify the State Parks system. In 1969, he created the first statewide training program at Asilomar. The initial training classes were held in the Engineer’s Cottage on the grounds, but as the training expanded it outgrew the small cottage. Mott liked the central coast for a training location, and allowed the Asilomar concessionaire to spend funds and purchase the land across the street from the main Asilomar grounds for development. In 1973, the William Penn Mott, Jr. Training Center was built. Today, all California state park rangers begin their careers at the Mott Training Center, and every permanent state park employee will come to the training center for advance schooling.