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Dog Swims at Spring Lake throughout September

The lagoon at Santa Rosa's Spring Lake Regional Park goes to the dogs in September when the park hosts its popular off-leash swims each weekend. Well-behaved dogs are invited to swim in the 3-acre lagoon and romp leash-free on the sandy beach on the following days:

  • Sept. 6-7 (9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Sept. 13 (Noon to 6 p.m.)
  • Sept. 14 (9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Sept. 20-21 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Sept. 27-28 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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Posted August 18, 2014 in News

Public Access Restored to Sea Ranch Beach

Public access to “Walk On Beach," a quarter-mile of sandy shore in The Sea Ranch, is restored after years of trail closure. The reopening is the result of an agreement between Sonoma County and The Sea Ranch Association that shifts a portion of the public path onto open space held in common by the private community. The Sea Ranch Association completed the trail work in July, and public beach access is fully restored.

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Posted July 31, 2014 in News

Take the Trails Challenge - Free Parking on June 7

Sonoma County Regional Parks is launching its first “Trails Challenge” with free day-use parking at 15 parks on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 7. The Trails Challenge invites you to explore the Regional Parks by hiking five or more trails featured in the PDF fileTrailsChallenge guidebook anytime between June and November. If you complete all five hikes and turn in a trails log, you can receive a free Trails Challenge water bottle or other gift and be entered into drawings for Regional Park memberships.

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Posted May 30, 2014 in News

Parks Celebration Brings Free Adventures to Parks

Regional Parks presents Parks Celebration 2014, dozens of free adventures in Sonoma County's parks and open spaces from Earth Day, April 22, through Memorial Day, May 26.

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Posted April 15, 2014 in News

Guided Wildflower Walks March 22-May 3

Discover the spring beauty of Sonoma County's Regional Parks by joining guided wildflower walks on Saturdays from March 22 through May 3. These free walks are led by volunteer Phil Dean, a Master Gardner who will identify native plants, discuss the drought's impact on this year's displays, and share stories specific to the flowers of each park. Most walks start at 10 a.m., last about two hours and proceed at an easy pace. The exceptions are the walk at Shiloh Ranch, which will be moderately difficult, and the Hood Mountain outing, which starts at 8 a.m., lasts five to six hours, and will be a strenuous hike.

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Posted March 13, 2014 in News

Army Corps Funds Bodega Bay Dredging Studies

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has budgeted $500,000 to plan for the dredging of the federal channel at Bodega Bay. The funding is in the Army Corps’ 2014 Civil Works Plan delivered to Congress last week and will cover the studies and permits needed to perform future maintenance dredging. Securing funding is a competitive process, said Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart, and the efforts of 5th District Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Sonoma County’s congressional representatives, and Army Corps staff were key to moving the project forward.

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Posted March 11, 2014 in News

Tolay Master Plan Workshop - Jan. 16, 2014

The public is invited to a Jan. 16, 2014 workshop to learn more about the planning process for Tolay Lake Regional Park and to share ideas and feedback on the park's future uses. A park master plan is being prepared to provide a range of outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities and to protect sensitive habitats and cultural resources.

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Posted January 8, 2014 in News

Free Veterans Day Weekend Parking for Military, Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, military members and veterans are invited to enjoy free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks for the holiday weekend. Active duty, veteran or retired military personnel and their families can visit Spring Lake, Doran Beach and other county parks and trails with a special pass that waives the regular $7 day-use parking fee from Friday, Nov. 8, through Monday, Nov. 11.

The passes are available at Regional Parks' main office (2300 County Center Drive, Suite 120A, Santa Rosa) and the Veterans Service Office (3725 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa) during regular business hours through Friday. Passes also will be available at the staffed entrances to Spring Lake, Doran and Ragle Ranch parks over the weekend and at REI Santa Rosa and Good to Go Military Surplus in Cotati.

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Posted November 5, 2013 in News

Visit the Tolay Fall Festival Oct. 12-13 & 19-20

The Tolay Fall Festival presents two weekends of old-time, nature-based fun on Oct. 12-13 and 19-20. More than just a pumpkin patch outing, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration that connects visitors with the beauty and history of Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. Fall Festival activities and displays are low-key, hands-on, and educational by design.

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Posted September 25, 2013 in News

Regional Parks to Study Sonoma Valley Bike Trail

Sonoma County Regional Parks has been awarded a $190,575 grant from the California Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of connecting Santa Rosa and Sonoma with a bike trail through the Sonoma Valley. Regional Parks learned this week it will get a “Community-Based Transportation Planning Grant” for the proposed Sonoma Valley Trail, a project that would give bicyclists and pedestrians a safe way to travel the busy Highway 12 corridor and would be a major component of the county's inter-city trail network.

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Posted September 24, 2013 in News

Doran Park Road Improvements Planned for Oct. 14-24

Doran Regional Park will be closed for 11 days in October while the main road through the park is repaved. A new surface will be applied to Doran Park and Doran Beach roads from Oct. 14 through Oct. 24, with the project stretching from Highway 1 to the Jetty Day Use Area at the park’s west end.

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Posted September 16, 2013 in News

Regional Parks Website Wins Design Award

Sonoma County Regional Parks’ newly designed website,, has been named “Best in Class” in the 2013 Interactive Media Awards, an industry competition open to web designers from around the world. The awards recognize websites in various categories, and Regional Parks’ site is one of 11 receiving the highest honor in the government category. The designation represents the best in planning, execution and overall professionalism. To win at this level, the site had to pass a comprehensive evaluation based on design, content, functionality, usability and browser compatibility – an achievement only a fraction of competing sites earn each year.

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Posted August 16, 2013 in News

Fly Fishing Demonstrations at Cloverdale River Park on July 21

With a good fly cast, anyone can begin to fish! Join the experts from Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters and Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited for fly fishing demonstrations at Cloverdale River Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 21.

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Posted July 11, 2013 in News

Wine Barrel Races, Russian River Parade at Healdsburg Water Carnival on Saturday, July 27

Healdsburg, CA — Sonoma County Regional Parks hosts the Healdsburg Water Carnival, a day of old-time fun at Veterans Memorial Beach on the Russian River. Organized by Regional Parks and Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary, this free carnival is modeled after Russian River parties of decades past.

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Posted July 11, 2013 in News

Russian River Festival Highlights Summer Fun

Sonoma County Regional Parks presents the “Russian River Festival,” a month of summer adventures and community activities along the river. Coordinated with support from river-area businesses and public agencies, the Russian River Festival is a new promotion highlighting outdoor recreation and events throughout July.

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Posted July 5, 2013 in News

Entries Sought for Grateful Bed Garden Contest

Entries are being accepted for the second-annual Grateful Bed Garden Competition & Tour, a friendly contest showcasing the value, creativity, and ingenuity of growing food in public spaces. Eligible gardens must be located on public lands, such as schools and parks, or in public areas, such as community gardens, hospital grounds, wineries and farm stands.

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Posted June 12, 2013 in News

Tolay Lake Planning Workshop - June 15

The public is invited to a June 15 workshop to learn about the master planning process for Tolay Lake Regional Park and share ideas about future uses for the Petaluma-area park. Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting the session from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park, which is at 5869 Cannon Lane just east of Lakeville Highway. The meeting will be the first of three workshops where the community can offer feedback on plans for the park.


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Posted June 6, 2013 in News

Bodega Bay Trail Update - June 5

Sonoma County Regional Park planners will provide an update on development of the Bodega BayTrail at a June 5 meeting at the Bodega Bay Fire Station, 510 Highway 1.

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Posted June 5, 2013 in News

Pest Control Seminar - May 7

Sonoma County Regional Parks is presenting a seminar for pesticide applicators on May 7. This class is designed for landscaping, park, golf course, and vineyard professionals and is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South. 

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Posted April 30, 2013 in News

Feedback Sought on Dog Park Improvements

Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting two meetings at Ernie Smith Community Park to gather input on proposed improvements to the off-leash dog area. Regional Parks is seeking feedback on plans to create a section of dog park for small dogs only.

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Posted April 26, 2013 in News

Regional Parks Launches New Website

Sonoma County Regional Parks has redesigned its website,, with interactive features making it easier to explore Sonoma County’s beaches, mountains and valleys.

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Posted April 19, 2013 in News

Parks Celebration Kicks Off 2013 Parks Season

Sonoma County Regional Parks presents Parks Celebration 2013, more than 60 free or low-cost adventures in public parks and open spaces from Earth Day weekend through Memorial Day.

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Posted April 16, 2013 in News

Tall Ships Sail into Bodega Bay

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are returning to Spud Point Marina for a unique, hands-on living history experience the first week of April. The vessels sail into Bodega Harbor the afternoon of April 2 and welcome visitors for walk-on tours and sea excursions April 3-7. 

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Posted April 2, 2013 in News

Taylor Mountain Regional Park opens to public

The 1,100-acre Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve in southeast Santa Rosa opens to the public starting Saturday, Feb. 23. Visitors will no longer need permits to use the property, and the entrance on Kawana Terrace will be open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. 

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Posted February 21, 2013 in News

Volunteers Sought for MLK Workday

Sonoma County Regional Parks will join thousands of organizations nationwide in hosting volunteer workdays in their communities on Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year's day of service will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverfront Regional Park near Windsor.

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Posted January 9, 2013 in News

Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail Opens to Public

A 2.4-mile trail in the Laguna de Santa Rosa opened to the public November 16, 2012, giving hikers, cyclists and equestrians a new route through the unique landscape of Sonoma County's largest freshwater wetland.

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Posted November 16, 2012 in News

New Parking Pay Stations Accept Credit Cards

Visitors to Sonoma County Regional Parks can now pay for day-use parking with credit cards. New parking pay stations that accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card were recently installed at Crane Creek, Helen Putnam, Maxwell Farms, Sonoma Valley, Riverfront and Sunset Beach regional parks.

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Posted November 5, 2012 in News

Regional Parks Receives $1 Million for Future Mark West Park and Open Space Preserve

Sonoma County Regional Parks has received $1 million from the California River Parkways Program to help purchase 297 acres in the Mark West Creek watershed for a future regional park and open space preserve. The grant is among 33 statewide announced this week.

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Posted October 28, 2012 in News

Taylor Mountain Master Plan Approved

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, acting concurrently as directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, on Oct. 9, 2012 approved a comprehensive master plan for creating a regional park and open space preserve on the Taylor Mountain properties in southeast Santa Rosa. Over two years in the making, this blueprint for the Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve details how to provide hiking, camping and other recreation opportunities and protect the environmental and agricultural value of the 1,100-acre site.

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Posted October 9, 2012 in News

Tolay Fall Festival 2012

Natural Fun October 13-14 and October 20-21

More than just a pumpkin patch outing, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration that connects visitors with the beauty and history of Tolay Lake Regional Park in the hills east of Petaluma. The Fall Festival's activities and displays are low-key, hands-on and educational by design.

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Posted October 2, 2012 in News

Regional Parks to Manage Annadel State Park

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on June 11, 2012 authorized an agreement that will keep Annadel State Park open to the public for at least another year. The Board’s unanimous action will allow Sonoma County Regional Parks to manage Annadel from July 1 through June 30, 2013, sparing the park from imminent closure due to state budget cuts.

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Posted June 11, 2012 in News

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