Occidental Community Center

Regional Parks has started planning for the renovation of the Occidental Community Center. A Feb. 25, 2013 public workshop was the first in a series of meetings to gather input on renovation ideas. Prior to that were several years of meetings with the Save the Occidental Community Center Committee. The goal is to arrive at a conceptual design that meets the needs of the community and Regional Parks. Current funding covers only design planning. Subsequent steps toward renovation would include fundraising, master planning, environmental review, permitting, and construction.

The Occidental Community Center Advisory Council (OCCAC) is forming to provide broad community input to Regional Parks about ideas for restoring and/or renovating the Community Center in Occidental. OCCAC meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of each month at the Occidental Community Center. The next meeting is Tuesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP with Benjamynn Gabriel at Benjamynn@me.com and for more information about the Occidental Community Center Advisory Council.

The initial informal meeting to discuss goals and logistics was held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The meetings are open to the public and will be publicly noticed physically and digitally – exact locations to be confirmed.  Meeting minutes will also be made available.

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Occidental Community Center Advisory Council Meetings 

The Occidental Community Center Advisory Council (OCCAC) is forming to provide broad community input to Regional Parks about ideas for restoring and/or renovating the Community Center in Occidental. OCCAC meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is Tuesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Occidental Community Center. Please RSVP to Benjamynn Gabriel at Benjamynn@me.com and for more information about the Occidental Community Center Advisory Council.

Occidental Community Center Public Meetings

Date Agenda Minutes
November 19, 2014 PDF fileAgenda (95 kB)  
September 9, 2014 PDF fileAgenda (revised) (74 kB)  
July 1, 2014 PDF fileAgenda (20 kB) PDF fileMinutes (95 kB)
June 2014 No Meeting No Meeting
May 2014 No Meeting No Meeting
April 8, 2014 PDF fileAgenda (45 kB) PDF fileMinutes (112 kB)
March 4, 2014 PDF fileAgenda (48 kB) PDF fileMinutes (73 kB)
February 4, 2014   PDF fileMinutes (124 kB)
January 7, 2014 PDF fileAgenda (180 kB) PDF fileMinutes (109 kB)
November 4, 2013   PDF fileMinutes (98 kB)
October 15, 2013 PDF fileAgenda (177 kB) PDF fileMinutes (137 kB)
February 25 , 2013 (Meeting #1) PDF fileAgenda (18 kB)  

Historical Articles Related to the Occidental Community Center Building and Property:

The following articles have been selected from a collection of newspaper clippings that has been compiled by the Sonoma County General Services Architecture Division.  Please note, this does not represent exhaustive historical research into all articles about the building and property that are publicly available but rather represents significant events.

 The articles are:

  1. PDF file"Veteran Memorial Program Must Be Pared or More Funds Raised" (984 kB) 
     1948 Press Democrat
  2. PDF file"Legionnaires" (681 kB)
    1948 - Press Democrat - photo
  3. PDF file"Occidental Memorial Site Bought" (397 kB)
    1948 Press Democrat
  4. PDF file"Occidental's History Of Plans and Promises" (1.1 MB)
    1962 Press Democrate
  5. PDF file"Residents attack Community Center plan" (1.36 MB)
    1973 Under Occidental-Camp Meeker heading (no acknowledgement)
  6. PDF file"Occidental Community Center Dedication" (347 kB)
    1974 Sebastopol Times
  7. PDF file"At Occidental Center dedication" (1.13 MB)
    1974 The Sonoma Index Tribune - photo
  8. PDF file"Buildings: $19 Million to Fix Eight Halls" (1.68 MB)
    2005 Press Democrat (continued from page A1 – not found)
  9. PDF file"Money woes for veterans' halls" (4 MB)
    2005 Press Democrat 
  10. PDF file"Memorial Buildings For Sale; Old Veterans Halls Fading" (2.56 MB)
    2007 Press Democrat 

Bohemian Highway Recreational Use Survey

The following site diagrams provide an overview of recreational opportunities along the Bohemian Highway from Freestone to Monte Rio. Information about existing recreation includes facilities, annual events and programs currently available. The survey includes both properties owned and operated by public organizations and private companies (such as commercial uses and church camps). The survey panels are:

  1. PDF filePanel 1 & 2 of 16 (629 kB)
    a. Monte Rio Union School District / Public
    b. Harmony Union School District / Public & Private (Charter School)
     
  2. PDF filePanel 3 & 4 of 16 (824 kB)
    a. Occidental Community Center / Public
    b. Occidental Center for the Arts / Private
     
  3. PDF filePanel 5 & 6 of 16 (589 kB)
    a. Occidental Town Center / Private & Commercial
    b. Creekside Park / Public (currently under construction)
     
  4. PDF filePanel 7 & 8 of 16 (619 kB)
    a. Monte Rio Recreation and Park District / Public
    (Beach, Meadow, Launch & Community Center)
    b. Monte Rio Amphitheater & Youth Center / Public
     
  5. PDF filePanel 9 & 10 of 16 (600 kB)
    a. Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds / Private
    b. Westminster Woods Camp / Private
     
  6. PDF filePanel 11 & 12 of 16 (608 kB)
    a. Saint Dorothy’s Rest / Private
    b. CYO Camp & Retreat Center / Private
     
  7. PDF filePanel 13 & 14 of 16 (703 kB)
    a. Camp Meeker Recreation and Park District / Public
    b. Occidental Arts & Ecology Center / Private
  8. PDF filePanel 15 & 16 of 16 (561 kB)
    a. Bohemian Ecological Preserve / Currently Private
    b.
    Freestone Town Center / Public, Private & Commercial  

 

Veterans Memorial / Community Center:  Buildings Report

  1. PDF fileCover Page (668 kB):  Includes Sonoma County-owned buildings in Cloverdale, Cotati, Guerneville, Occidental, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Sonoma.
  2. PDF filePage 3 of 7 (695 kB):  Utilization, opportunities, strategic plan and building information
  3. PDF filePage 5 of 7 (777 kB):  Information Summary for the Occidental Community Center from FY(fiscal year) 2000-2001 to FY 2004-2005
  4. PDF filePage 10 of 37 (590 kB):  Building Condition Assessment Summary for the Occidental Community Center Building
  5. PDF filePages 19-21 of 37 (2.31 MB): Levels of Use, Average Event Room Days per Year and Average Annual Attendance, Percentage of Capacity Used (Occidental, Cloverdale and Guerneville were not included in this section due to lack of daily data)
  6. PDF filePage 24 (295 kB): Operating and Maintenance Expenses by Building

Building Plans for the Existing Building

  1. PDF fileBuilding Plan (149 kB)
  2. PDF fileSections 1 &2 (742 kB)
  3. PDF fileSite Plan (1.63 MB)
  4. PDF fileElevations 1 & 2 (1.43 MB)

Questions or Comments?

Contact Project Manager:

Steve Ehret
Call:
  (707) 565-1107
Email:   Steve Ehret

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