Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is
returning to the planning project to re-vision this important and centrally
located community park in Sonoma. The planning project will consider new park
facilities and programs based on the current and future needs of the community.
Ideas for new park features and infrastructure improvements will be balanced
with natural resource values and conservation objectives to chart an exciting
and sustainable future vision for the property. While considering new
proposals, and connections to adjacent uses, the planning process will 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.
Two workshops were held in the winter and spring
of 2015 to gather preliminary 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.
An online survey was conducted and the results of the survey
are included below:
The 85 acre
park is comprised of 5 parcels acquired by the County between 1973 and
1986. The park property is surrounded by
existing commercial and residential development, and is bound to the west by Sonoma
Creek close to the confluence with Agua Caliente Creek. The western two-thirds of the site is part of
the flood plain of Sonoma Creek and comprised the former Maxwell Farms property. A conservation and scenic easement was placed
on this portion restricting uses other than those that would maintain the
existing openness and rural character of the site. In accordance with the easement, the original
Master Plan was completed in 1986, and development of the infrastructure and
initial park features were completed by 1988.
In the mid 1990’s a Master Plan amendment was completed, and additional
facilities were constructed including the Boys and Girls Club, a new baseball
field, the skate park, and a renovated play area play area. Currently, the park is actively used by the
community including several special use groups, and also hosts a variety of
special events. Over the years the
community has expressed several ideas for new features and improvements to the
park. Regional Parks is now encouraging
the community to help prioritize the various proposals, and develop an updated
Master Plan to guide future renovations and improvement projects.
Cost and Funding Sources
Parks has secured funding for the community outreach and the Master Plan update
process. Preliminary cost 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
February 2016: Community workshop: Review of plan alternatives
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