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  • Published on July 16, 2018

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has recruited some assistance for fire prevention and invasive species removal: sheep. A flock of sheep will spend the next five weeks grazing along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail near Sebastopol, removing dry vegetation and non-native plant species.

  • Published on July 10, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, July 10, to introduce an ordinance that will place on the Nov. 6 ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax measure for regional and local park improvements. If approved by voters, the sales tax would support the county and cities with their long-term needs to maintain parks, protect natural resources, reduce wildfire risks, provide health and recreation programs, and open new parks and trails.

  • Published on June 22, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors earlier this month approved a master plan for future public use and management of a 247-acre addition to the northwest edge of Hood Mountain.

  • Published on June 5, 2018
    Sonoma County Regional Parks on Tuesday, 6/5, reopened the Joe Rodota Trail between Dutton and Roseland avenues after completing a multi-day cleanup of an illegal homeless encampment. The trail was closed May 30 to allow the county of Sonoma and city of Santa Rosa to reestablish a safe and clean trail for pedestrians and cyclists. During the closure, approximately 100 illegal campers were notified of the need to move, with the last occupants leaving June 1.

  • Published on May 21, 2018
    The public is invited to celebrate the opening and dedication of Andy’s Unity Park at 3399 Moorland Avenue in southwest Santa Rosa from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2. The afternoon will include a rich program of community speakers, music, food, children’s activities, dancers, drummers, art projects, yoga, skateboard demonstrations, and booths hosted by local organizations.
  • Published on May 18, 2018
    Sonoma County Regional Parks is preparing a master plan to develop a vision for Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach and invites the public to share feedback on potential improvements for the Russian River park. A workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. June 7 at the park, 13839 Old Redwood Highway, is the first of several opportunities the public will have to help guide the park’s redevelopment and natural resource management.
  • Published on May 18, 2018
    Sonoma County Regional Parks launches its 2018 summer aquatics season on Saturday, May 26, with the opening of Santa Rosa's Spring Lake swimming lagoon – including the popular inflatable, floating playground – and boat rentals on the lake.
  • Published on March 30, 2018
    Sonoma County Regional Parks has reopened the Pythian Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve.
  • Published on January 22, 2018

    In partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, the Sonoma County Library is offering for check-out a limited number of parking passes that give library cardholders free access to Spring Lake, Doran Beach, Taylor Mountain, Ragle Ranch and the other 50-plus regional parks.

  • Published on January 16, 2018

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is reopening the Los Alamos Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. 

  • Published on January 10, 2018

    Sonoma County Regional Parks will receive a $620,000 state grant to study the feasibility of creating a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the lower Russian River.

  • Published on November 7, 2017

    In honor of Veterans Day, military members and veterans will receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks for the upcoming holiday weekend. Active duty, veteran and retired military personnel and their families will be able to visit county parks and trails with a special pass that waives the regular $7 day-use parking fee from Friday, Nov. 10, through Monday, Nov. 13.

  • Published on October 31, 2017

    The following Regional Parks remain closed due to the impacts of the Sonoma County wildfires: Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve, Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, Sonoma Valley Regional Park, and Tom Schopflin Fields. We have cancelled all programs through Nov. 1 to allow staff to address the immediate needs of the wildfire disaster.

  • Published on October 14, 2017

    Like so many in Sonoma County, our current priority at Regional Parks is to assist public safety efforts and support the well-being of our team members during this wildfire emergency. Read more for details on status of parks impacted by wildfires.

  • Published on September 1, 2017

    Regional Parks’ fall activities guide is now available and features dozens of new hikes, family outings and special events. The guide brings together information for dozens of activities planned in September, October and November, many of them offered for the first time and many of them free.

  • Published on August 17, 2017

    Regional Parks is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, August 23, to review and invite feedback on a draft master plan update for Larson Park in Sonoma. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Flowery School Multi-purpose room at 17600 Highway 12 in Sonoma.

  • Published on August 5, 2017

    Regional Parks opened a temporary visitor center at Doran Regional Park on Aug. 5, welcoming campers and beach-goers with family activities and refreshments.

    Located in a trailered cabin near the boardwalk, the center is a special feature of Regional Park’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through November.

  • Published on June 30, 2017

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting a community meeting July 12 to review and invite feedback on a draft master plan update for Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma. The meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club inside the park at 100 W. Verano Ave. 

  • Published on June 30, 2017

    The swimming beach on the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is open for the summer, with the addition of an inflatable water slide and tube rentals. Regional Parks this week installed a seasonal dam on the river to create a swimming area just south of the historic, steel-truss Memorial Bridge. Swim zones are clearly marked and staffed with lifeguards daily through Labor Day. New daily features at the beach are tube rentals ($5 a day) and the "Zoom Floom," an inflatable water slide that lets riders whoosh down the sandy beach and into the river. All-day access to the slide is $5 per person. (Children must be 6 or older.) Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Published on May 24, 2017

    Sonoma County Regional Parks kicks off its fourth-annual Trails Challenge on Saturday, June 3, with a fun run and party that also celebrates Regional Parks’ 50th anniversary and National Trails Day. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road, in Sebastopol and features a run/walk sponsored by Fleet Feet, a family-friendly scavenger hunt, guided hike, live music, nature crafts, lawn games, barbecue, foods from local producers, cake, prizes, and giveaways.

  • Published on May 17, 2017

    Regional Parks is seeking public input on a proposed mitigated negative declaration/initial study for the Sonoma Valley Regional Park Expansion Master Plan. Comments on the adequacy of the study’s environmental analysis will be accepted through June 12, 2017. The park's master plan is being expanded to include trails and natural resource management for two parcels added to the park over the past decade.

  • Published on May 17, 2017

    Sonoma County Regional Parks launches its 2017 summer aquatics season on Saturday, May 27, with the opening of the Spring Lake swimming lagoon – including the popular inflatable, floating playground – and new boat rentals on the lake.

  • Published on May 1, 2017

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has selected Bert Whitaker as the new director of Regional Parks. Whitaker has served as parks manager since 2007. Regional Parks has approximately 200 employees and a budget of $26 million.

  • Published on April 18, 2017

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is developing a master plan for future recreation opportunities and environmental protections for North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. The public is invited to learn more and share ideas at a workshop scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 at the Bennett Valley Guild Hall, 4145 Grange Road, Santa Rosa, 95404. 

  • Published on March 3, 2017

    The Sonoma Land Trust on March 3, 2017 donated the 1,665-acre Tolay Creek Ranch to Sonoma County Regional Parks. The property is adjacent to Tolay Lake Regional Park, and its donation doubles the size of the park complex. Once at risk for subdivision and vineyard development, the Tolay Creek property features sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, dazzling wildflower displays, and plenty of space for hiking.

  • Published on March 3, 2017

    The Sonoma Land Trust on March 3, 2017 donated the 1,665-acre Tolay Creek Ranch to Sonoma County Regional Parks. The property is adjacent to Tolay Lake Regional Park, and its donation doubles the size of the park. Once at risk for subdivision and vineyard development, the Tolay Creek property features sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, dazzling wildflower displays, and plenty of space for hiking.

  • Published on February 7, 2017

    Sonoma County parks and trails are now open. Due to the amount of flooding, clean-up efforts will continue at some locations and the beach staircase at the Pebble Beach Coastal Access Trail is estimated to re-open by summer.

  • Published on January 18, 2017

    Sonoma County Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart has announced her resignation effective June 20, 2017. Hart has led the department since 2010, overseeing the operations of 56 parks, trails and beaches and a staff of 200 full-time and seasonal employees.

  • Published on January 10, 2017

    The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (20.5 MB)for the proposed Tolay Lake Regional Park master plan (33.4 MB) is available for public review and comment from Jan. 10, through Feb. 23, 2017.

    The report evaluates potential impacts of implementing the master plan and recommends ways to reduce or avoid those impacts.  The master plan provides a blueprint for the future of the 3,400-acre park southeast of Petaluma. It consists of conceptual plans for trails and recreational activities, management of natural and cultural resources, and other recommendations for the park’s future use and operations.

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Meda Freeman

Communications Manager

Regional Parks