Tolay Lake Planning Workshop - June 15

June 6, 2013 in News

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, 5869 Cannon Lane just east of Lakeville Highway. The meeting will be the first of three workshops for the community to offer feedback on future plans for the park.

Sonoma County acquired the 1,769-acre Tolay property in 2005. Since then, public access has been allowed through a day-use permit program and special events, such as the Tolay Fall Festival. The property includes sweeping grasslands, a seasonal freshwater lake, and ridges with dramatic views of San Pablo Bay. The area was a spiritual center for Native Americans for thousands of years before it was settled by farmers and ranchers.

Regional Parks is developing a master plan that considers how best to open the property to the public while protecting its rich biological and cultural resources. Planning will include an adjacent 1,600 acres acquired by the Sonoma Land Trust as a future extension of the park. One likely park amenity will be an interpretive center highlighting the land’s diverse history. Plans also call for restoration of Tolay Lake, with compatible public use.

On June 16, the public is invited to a free, ranger-led “Father’s Day” hike at the park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the hike will be an optional one-hour orientation for those interested in participating in the day-use permit program. Permit holders can visit the park on weekends for hiking, biking, horseback riding and picnicking.

Questions and comments about the master planning process may be emailed to

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