Sonoma County Integrated Parks Plan (SCIPP)

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Overview

The Sonoma County Integrated Park Plan (SCIPP) is a strategic plan that establishes a vision to guide the ongoing and future work of the Regional Parks system.  The SCIPP highlights areas of opportunity to integrate existing and planned outdoor recreation facilities, trails and protected open space lands with key national and regional trends along different themes including: outdoor recreation, agriculture, health, tourism and transportation.  The vision outlined by the plan seeks to align Sonoma County’s parks and open spaces with local and regional economic, environmental, and community initiatives, while strengthening the mission of Sonoma County Regional Parks.  With this in mind, the four main goals of the plan are to:  Conserve and protect natural and cultural resources; Ensure access for all to the County’s recreational resources; Promote physical, mental and community health; and Improve the vitality of the outdoor recreation economy in the County.

Sonoma County’s natural landscapes are the foundation of many local industries and the county’s most strategic asset. The SCIPP evaluates the current status of the system including an overview of the other public land management agencies and local municipalities, non-profit organizations, and private providers that all contribute to maintaining a regional system of outdoor recreation opportunities –promoting health, building community, and protecting natural resources.

System wide strategies are outlined in the plan suggesting a variety of ways the Regional Parks can enhance park and trail facilities and expand programming capacity.  By integrating its mission with the goals of other providers including the nine Cities, State Parks, private recreation providers, County health and other initiatives, Regional Parks can help support the delivery of a thriving, and well connected County-wide system of parks, open spaces and trails for the future.  Building on the current status and relevant opportunities and trends, the strategies are organized into five categories:  Outdoor Recreation; Education and Environment; Economic Vitality; Healthy Communities; and Communications, Marketing and Funding.

The strategies are followed by highlights of specific recommendations for improving parks, trail facilities and programs within each of the eight Park Area Designations (PADs).  The recommendations are organized into four categories: 

  • Existing Park, Open Space, and Trail Facilities: recommendations for improving and expanding existing SCRP facilities.
  • Programs and Events: recommendations for new and/or improvements to existing programs including partnership opportunities to provide more robust offerings.
  • Planned and Proposed Park, Open Space, and Trail Facilities: recommendations for acquisition and development of new facilities –the majority of which are planned projects identified in other adopted plans, while some projects are proposed herein by the SCIPP
  • Partnerships and Collaborations: a listing of site and resource-based potential partnerships with each PAD.
A series of maps in Appendix A describe the various projects within each PAD, and a comprehensive list of recommendations is under development in Appendix B.  The final plan resulting from the Integrated Parks Planning process will include an additional chapter which will identify and prioritize high opportunity projects, and develop preliminary funding and implementation strategies.

Background

The SCIPP brings together and builds on previously approved plans and reports, including among others the Sonoma County General Plan 2020, the County Pedestrian & Bikeways Plan update, the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District’s 2005 Connecting Communities with the Land, as well as recent county health and food action plans such as the Portrait of Sonoma, and seeks to identify synergistic opportunities between existing and planned facilities throughout the County.

As part of process the SCIPP team conducted a detailed inventory of the current Regional Park facilities and programs which included an inventory of existing park specific Master Plans, and a series of interviews with the park rangers responsible for the operation of the facilities.  Preliminary outreach included an initial round of stakeholder interviews and partner agency consultations to better understanding of the priorities of the various interest groups and providers.  A first round of public outreach was also conducted in the form of intercept survey events as well as an online survey that was available through a variety of outlets to gather input and help to identify needs and opportunities for improving the county wide park system.

Project schedule

Spring/Summer 2016 – Review of Draft Plan
Summer 2016 – Online survey and outreach
Fall 2016 – Final Report

Become Involved

Sonoma County Regional Parks is continuing to seek feedback on the Sonoma County Integrated Parks Plan draft document. While any and all feedback is welcome, the department is specifically interested in community input that will help establish priorities regarding the project and programs highlighted in the recommendations found in the Sonoma County Integrated Parks Plan.

Please take our online survey

The survey will be available through the end of August, and the results will be used to refine and prioritize project and program recommendations.

For more information, please contact Scott Wilkinson, Park Planner, at Scott.Wilkinson@sonoma-county.org

Additional information on how to get involved with your Regional Parks is always available through this website. Please sign up to receive regular newsletters, notifications on the park planning webpage updates, and like us on Facebook for updates and events.

Questions or Comments?

Contact Project Manager:

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

SCIPP Draft Report

December 2015

PDF fileView report (84.8 MB)

SCIPP Survey

Provide Your Input by August 31st

We’re continuing to seek feedback on the Sonoma County Integrated Parks Plan draft document and want to hear from you. Please take this quick online survey and tell us your plan priorities. Your answers will help us refine and prioritize project and program recommendations for the parks.

Thank You!

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