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Public Invited to Help Plan New Features at Larson Park

Workshop Planned for Sept. 13

Sonoma County Regional Parks and community partners are hosting a Sept. 13th public workshop to help develop a vision for updating the master plan for Larson Park in Sonoma.  The workshop is the first step in the process toward modernizing the park at 329 DeChene Ave. and developing new amenities, facilities and programs based on the community’s current and future needs.  The public is invited to join the discussion and share ideas for the park’s future. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Booker Hall, 17560 Greger St. in Sonoma. Spanish translation and refreshments will be provided.


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Posted September 8, 2015

Moorland Park Planning Workshops Begin Sept. 3

Sonoma County Regional Parks is organizing a participatory design process to involve the Moorland neighborhood in each step of planning for a new 4-acre park.  A neighborhood steering committee will guide a design process built upon a series of community workshops beginning Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Moorland Avenue park site in southwest Santa Rosa.

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Posted August 24, 2015

Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting for Tolay Lake Master Plan

The public is invited to the Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting for Tolay Lake Regional Park on Tuesday, July 21. Regional Parks staff will present an overview of the preliminary Master Plan and the environmental review process for the project.

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Posted July 17, 2015

Alcohol Banned at Forestville Beach Starting July 1

Due to numerous complaints of public intoxication, Sonoma County Regional Parks will no longer allow alcohol at Forestville River Access (also known as Mom's or Mother's Beach) starting July 1, 2015. Violations can lead to citations, court appearances and fines.

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Posted June 29, 2015

New Entrance, trailhead for Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve

Regional Parks and its partners on June 13 will open a new entrance and trail at Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve in southeast Santa Rosa. The project on Petaluma Hill Road is the first permanent entrance developed under the park’s master plan, will be the main staging area for visitors arriving from the south and west, and is the trailhead for a new connection to the upper park.

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Posted June 3, 2015

Sonoma County Trails Challenge Starts June 6, 2015

Sonoma County Regional Parks kicks off its second-annual Trails Challenge this Saturday, June 6, in celebration of National Trails Day. The Trails Challenge invites residents and visitors to discover the beauty of Sonoma County and the healthy fun of outdoor recreation by hiking five or more parks featured in the Trails Challenge's free, downloadable guidebook.

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Posted June 2, 2015

Petaluma-Sebastopol Trail Study Selected for Funding

Sonoma County Regional Parks will receive a $209,436 grant to study the feasibility of creating a 13-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting Petaluma and Sebastopol. The award was announced April 24 by the Caltrans' Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program, which received 190 applications and chose only 51 for funding, pending approval of the 2015-16 state budget. 

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Posted May 5, 2015

Final Workshop Scheduled for Tolay Lake Master Plan

The public is invited to the final master planning workshop for Tolay Lake Regional Park on Wednesday, April 22. Regional Park staff will present the preferred elements of the park's draft master plan, developed with public input from previous workshops and further studies.

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Posted April 17, 2015

Parks Celebration: 50 Free Adventures from Earth Day to Memorial Day

A full moon hike on Sonoma Mountain. Camping in the hills of Helen Putnam Park. Stand-up paddling on the Russian River. Regional Parks and its partners are celebrating the spring beauty of Sonoma County's parks and open spaces by hosting these and dozens of other free adventures from Earth Day, April 2

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Posted April 16, 2015

North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park Opens February 14

North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve opens to the public Saturday, February 14. The 820-acre park southeast of Santa Rosa features a 4-mile Bay Area Ridge Trail connection to Jack London State Historic Park. The trail climbs to nearly 2,000 feet on the north face of the mountain, leading hikers across creeks and forests and offering stunning views of Sonoma County.

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Posted February 12, 2015

Public Input Needed on Future of Maxwell Farms Park

Sonoma County Regional Parks is planning for renovations and considering new features for Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma and invites community members to share their ideas at a Jan. 14 workshop. The session is an opportunity for Sonoma Valley residents to help shape this popular park by recommending amenities and programs.

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Posted January 5, 2015

County Acquires Land for Moorland Neighborhood Park

On December 22, 2014, Sonoma County completed the purchase of land in the Moorland neighborhood for use as a new park. The County will partner with residents and community groups in a collaborative planning process to design a park that reflects the character of the children and families that reside in the neighborhood.

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Posted January 5, 2015

Storm System Continues to Impact Parks

2014-12-22 Storm Update: Park closures for December 22, 2014 include Sonoma Valley (Dog Park only), some trails at Crane Creek Regional Park, and, at Tolay Lake Regional Park, east-side trails are closed because of rushing water over the Causeway Trail & at the creek crossing. For changing parks and trails information, please also visit our Facebook page.

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Posted December 22, 2014

Officials Dedicate Newest Segment of Bodega Bay Trail

Parks officials and community members gathered Thursday in Bodega Bay to open the newest trail segment in a larger pedestrian and bicycle route planned for the coastal village. The path dedicated by Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and others is a .47-mile connection between the Bodega Dunes campground and the Bodega Bay Community Center and Children’s Bell Tower.

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Posted December 4, 2014

Disc Golf Course Opens at Taylor Mountain

An 18-hole disc golf course at Taylor Mountain Regional Park andOpen Space Preserve opens to the public this weekend. The course was built by United Flyers of Sonoma, a non-profit group that entered into a five-year contract with Regional Parks to build and maintain the course. United Flyers unveils the course Saturday, Nov. 8, with an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting.

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Posted November 4, 2014

Land Acquired for Sonoma Valley Park Expansion

Sonoma County Regional Parks on Oct. 30 took ownership of 29 acres known as the “Curreri property,” which sits in the “pinchpoint” of the imperiled Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor. The land was purchased by the Sonoma Land Trust, which immediately transferred the property to Regional Parks to be added to the 162-acre Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Along with its value for wildlife, the Curreri property offers panoramic views of the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain, the Mayacamas Range, and San Pablo and San Francisco Bays.

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Posted October 30, 2014

Free Parking for Veterans on Holiday Weekend

In honor of Veterans Day 2014, military members and veterans will receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks for the holiday weekend. Active duty, veteran and retired military personnel and their families will be able to visit county parks and trails - including parks such as Spring Lake, Doran Beach, Ragle Ranch, and Taylor Mountain - with a special pass that waives the regular $7 day-use parking fee from Saturday, Nov. 8, through Monday, Nov. 10.

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Posted October 23, 2014

Tolay Fall Festival Presents Two Weeks of Family Fun

The 2014 Tolay Fall Festival presents two weekends of old-time nature-based fun the weekends of Oct. 11-12 and 18-19. More than a pumpkin patch outing, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration connecting visitors with the beauty and history of Tolay Lake Regional Park in the hills southeast east of Petaluma. Activities are low-key, hands-on and educational by design.

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Posted September 30, 2014

Public Invited to Sonoma Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Workshops

Sonoma County Regional Parks invites the public to participate in its study of a potential bicycle and pedestrian trail through the Sonoma Valley. The first of three information sessions on the trail concept is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 1st St. West. Participants will learn about the project’s background and scope and will have an opportunity to ask questions, complete a survey, and provide comments.

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Posted September 17, 2014

Tolay Fall Festival Volunteers Needed

Sonoma County Regional Parks is seeking volunteers for the annual Tolay Fall Festival at Tolay Lake Regional Park in mid-October. Volunteers are needed to help Regional Parks’ staff with heritage crafts and games, wildlife exhibits, hay rides, pumpkin patch visits and other aspects of this festival in the hills southeast of Petaluma.

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Posted September 17, 2014

Transfer of Sonoma Mountain Parkland Approved

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, acting concurrently as directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District, on Aug. 19, 2014 authorized the transfer of fee title of the Sonoma Mountain properties, five District acquisitions totaling 736 acres, from the District to Regional Parks, subject to a conservation easement and recreation covenant. Over several years, the District was able to purchase the contiguous properties from willing sellers. With the addition of one property already owned by Regional Parks, the chain reaches from Sonoma Mountain Road to Jack London State Park and protects one of the most significant view sheds in the County.

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Posted August 19, 2014

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

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

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 Trails Challenge 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bodega Bay Trail Update - June 5

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

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Posted June 5, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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