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.
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.
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:
Park, Open Space, and Trail Facilities: recommendations for improving and
expanding existing SCRP facilities.
and Events: recommendations for new and/or improvements to existing
programs including partnership opportunities to provide more robust offerings.
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
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
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
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
Additional information on how to get involved with your Regional Parks is always available through this website. Please sign up to receive regular
notifications on the park planning webpage updates, and like us on
Facebook for updates and events.