Larson Park Master Plan

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Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is continuing the planning project to re-vision this neighborhood park in the Springs area of Sonoma Valley. The planning project will consider new park facilities and programs based on the current and future needs of the neighborhood residents and broader community of Sonoma Valley. Ideas for new park features and infrastructure improvements will be balanced with natural resource values, conservation objectives and the existing conditions of the site.  We will consider new proposals, and connections to the neighboring properties especially Flowery school to the north with the planned Sonoma Valley Trail extension.  The planning process will also assess traffic and parking impacts with the goal of developing an overall plan that best resolves the issues and establishes a cohesive road map for future renovation and improvement projects.

A workshop was held in the fall of 2015 to gather initial feedback on the issues and to help determine what the priorities are for improving the park. After a break in the action Regional Parks is convening another community workshop to review the priorities and consider some preliminary conceptual alternative plans.

Background

Larson Park was originally owned and operated by the Valley of the Moon Recreation District until 1987 when Sonoma County Regional Parks assumed responsibility for managing the park. This neighborhood park is approximately 7.6 acres and features athletic fields, tennis courts, a playground, picnic sites and a community garden run by Nuestra Voz. Sonoma Creek forms the western boundary of the park, and Flowery School sits adjacent and to the north. The Central Sonoma Valley Trail runs through the park and will eventually connect to Highway 12 and the Sonoma Valley Trail when these segments are built.

Recently completed projects at the park include a Disabled Access Improvement Construction project. This project created and improved accessible travel routes to seating areas, picnic areas, and parking areas. Two accessible drinking fountains were added, one at the picnic area and one near the soccer field and playground. One new accessible picnic table was installed in the picnic area, and one new accessible picnic table was also added near the playground. Both the bench near the picnic area and the bench at the playground have new concrete installed for inclusive seating. Additionally, two Crepe Myrtles and two Chitalpa trees planted near the playground, chosen for both their colorful flower display and minimal water use, will beautify and provide additional shade for park users.  Funding for the project was provided through the State of California Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Park Mitigation Fees, and County allocated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) funds which allowed Regional Parks to improve access for disabled park users. The removal of barriers provides for a safe, comfortable transition within the park by removing curbs and installing ramps between the parking lot and park amenities, installing drinking fountains with adjusted heights, and adding solid surfaces around and under picnic tables and benches.

Cost and Funding

Regional Parks has secured a limited amount of funding for the preliminary planning work. Construction estimates for renovation and improvement projects will be determined through the planning process, and funding identified, as grants and other sources become available.

Anticipated project timeline:

March 2, 2016: Community workshop: Review of plan alternatives (on-line review period to follow)
March – May 2016: Preparation and presentation of preferred plan, Community Workshop date TBD  
May – July 2016: Address public comments and conduct environmental review
August 2016: Finalize Master Plan amendment and CEQA documentation
Aug. - Sept. 2016: CEQA public review period

Questions or Comments?

Contact Project Manager:

Scott Wilkinson
Call:  (707) 565-2734
Email:  Scott Wilkinson

Master Plan Update

If were unable to attend our March 2 workshop, you will be able to provide input online once the materials are posted.

PDF fileWorkshop flyer (430 kB)

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