Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve opened February 23, 2013 following approval of the property’s transfer from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to Sonoma County Regional Parks. The 1,100-acre site in southeast Santa Rosa will be open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset; the public will no longer need permits to visit the property.
The Board of Supervisors, acting concurrently as directors of the Open Space District, unanimously authorized the transfer of fee title from the District to Regional Parks. The District will retain a conservation easement that generally limits use of the property to natural resource protection, recreation, education and agriculture. The District also will retain a recreation covenant that obligates the county to provide public access to the property in perpetuity. The Board of Supervisors adopted the Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve Master Plan and accompanying CEQA document on October 9, 2012.
These documents are the culmination of a series of conversations with the community about their vision for the Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve and we celebrate the extensive collaboration of staff, consultants, and the community that is represented by this plan.
Taylor Mountain is unique in that it is located so close to an urban area, yet is home to so many amazing natural habitats, including wetlands, grasslands, and forests and woodlands, that support wildlife such as mountain lion, deer, fox, and even the federally-protected California red-legged frog. From the top of Taylor Mountain one can take in a sweeping view of the entire Santa Rosa Plain. This project provides the opportunity to preserve a scenic natural area as open space forever, yet at the same time create a variety of recreational opportunities so that people from all walks of life may visit to learn about the natural environment and enjoy the Park and Preserve for generations to come.
The first step of implementation is to build a staging area and trails off Petaluma Hill Road. Regional Parks received a $750,000 grant from State Parks for this work, which is currently in the design phase. Bidding and construction are scheduled for the summer and fall of 2014.