Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail – Phase I

Kelly Farm Trailhead

Visit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail 

Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail Repair

Repairs to cracking and chipping on the multi-use trail between Occidental Road and Highway 12 will be an ongoing maintenance project. Bicyclists are asked to please walk their bikes along the trail.

 

Project Description

Construct 2.4 miles of trail. The District, City of Sebastopol, City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Water Agency, and Regional Parks partnered to implement Phase 1 of the Laguna Trails Plan. Phase 1 included 2.4 miles of trails over Kelly Farm, the Balletto property, and the City of Sebastopol’s Laguna Wetland Preserve. Phase 1 is between the City of Sebastopol and the City of Santa Rosa in Supervisorial District 5. The project consisted of building two trailheads, parking, a 1.8-mile multi-use trail, a 0.6-mile pedestrian-only trail, bike racks, horse rail, benches, gates, and an overlook area. The multi-use trail has a decomposed granite surface, and the pedestrian-only trail has a dirt surface.

The Trail opened to the public on Nov. 16, 2012.

Cost & Funding

The Phase 1 construction cost was funded by a $500,000 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy and $274,429 from the District’s sales tax revenue from Measure C.

Background

The Laguna de Santa Rosa is the largest freshwater wetland complex in Sonoma County. Its 250-square-mile watershed includes Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Sebastopol, Forestville and Windsor. The Laguna is the primary drainage of the Santa Rosa Plan and a major floodwater storage basin for the lower Russian River. The Laguna also provides habitat for diverse wildlife and plant species.

In September 2001, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (District) secured conservation easements over the City of Santa Rosa’s Alpha, Brown, Kelly, and Stone farms. In February 2002, a conservation easement was obtained over 65 acres of the Balletto property. Subsequently, the Balletto property has been transferred in fee title to the County of Sonoma. All of these properties are located within the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

In December 2006, the District Board of Supervisors approved the Laguna de Santa Rosa Protected Lands Trails Plan and adopted the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration. The Trails Plan consists of proposed trails on five properties – the four farm properties owned by the City of Santa Rosa, and the privately-owned Balletto property. The goal of the Trails Plan is to balance recreation with the protection and preservation of sensitive natural and cultural resources, while creating public trails that allow users a variety of experiences in the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and the opportunity to appreciate its diverse ecological and scenic resources. The Trails Plan identifies trail alignments, public access and interpretive facilities to accommodate hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. The trails and overlooks are sited and designed to provide Americans with Disabilities (A.D.A.) access, avoid sensitive habitat areas, and respect existing agricultural and other uses.

Next Steps

The Regional Parks staff will apply for grant funds to construct trail segments located on the City of Santa Rosa owned properties: Alpha Farm, Brown Farm, Stone Farm and County owned property (formerly known as the Balletto Property).

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Questions or Comments?

Contact Project Manager:

Ken Tam
Call:  (707) 565-3348
Email:  Ken Tam

Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail

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