Santa Rosa, CA – April 22, 2019 – Sonoma County Regional Parks
is hosting two community workshops to gather input on a potential Russian
River bicycle and pedestrian trail between Forestville and Jenner. The
meetings are scheduled for May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. and May 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.
at Guerneville Elementary School, 14630 Armstrong Woods Road.
Responding to community
interest and safety concerns, Regional Parks is studying the feasibility of
building a 19-mile
trail along the lower Russian River corridor. The study area includes the
communities of Mirabel, Forestville, Hacienda, Summer Home Park, Odd Fellows
Park, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Guernewood Park, Vacation Beach, Northwood, Monte
Rio, Villa Grande, Mesa Grande, Sheridan, Duncans Mills and Jenner.
The proposed multi-use trail
would provide a walking and bicycling alternative for commuters traveling busy
River Road and Highway 116. A trail also would add to recreation options in the
popular tourism area and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by the
11,000 daily car trips on the route now.
“These workshops are an
important step toward creating a long-awaited trail along the river," said
Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, whose 5th District includes the study
area. "A continuous trail would connect communities, cut down on
congestion and improve road safety. I encourage residents to attend to learn
more and share their thoughts about possible trail routes, design and
Each workshop will present
the same information, so attendance at both is not necessary. Those unable to
attend, can submit comments through an online survey available at LowerRussianRiverTrailStudy.com.
The trail study will evaluate
site and road conditions, identify project opportunities and challenges, and
recommend a preferred trail route. Study findings would guide any subsequent
trail design, land acquisition, planning, environmental review and fundraising.
Trail construction would depend on approval by the Board of Supervisors and the
availability of future funding.
The trail study is primarily
funded by a $620,000 grant from the California Department of Transportation.
Additional funding includes $120,000 from the Northern Sonoma County Air
Pollution Control District, $5,000 from the Sonoma County Regional Parks
Foundation, $5,000 from the Monte Rio Recreation & Park District, $2,500
from the Russian River Recreation & Parks District, $1,000 from The
Wildlands Conservancy, $5,000 from Korbel Winery, and $10,000 from the Sonoma
County Advertising Program and local park mitigation fees.
Regional Parks in recent
years completed similar feasibility studies to identify preferred routes for
trails linking Petaluma
and Sebastopol and Santa
Rosa and Sonoma. Construction has not started on either of those projects
and would require funding and approval by the Board of Supervisors.
About Sonoma County Regional Parks
Sonoma County Regional Parks includes 56 parks,
beaches, and trails. Regional Parks’ mission is to create healthy communities
and contribute to the county’s economic vitality by acquiring, developing,
managing, maintaining parks. Regional Parks preserves natural and cultural
resources and offers opportunities for recreation and education that enhance
the quality of life and well-being of residents and visitors.