Santa Rosa, CA – 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.
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 AM to 4 PM weekends through November.
features displays focusing on Doran's diverse habitats, including the
ocean, sand dunes, wetlands and intertidal zone. Exhibits include the
preserved skeleton of a sea lion, a children’s activities area and touch
table, and illustrations of coastal flora and fauna by Sonoma County
artist Molly Eckler.
Doran Regional Park is a destination for
more than 750,000 visitors each year. There are few interpretive
facilities on the Sonoma Coast, and the center provides an opportunity
for rangers and volunteers to educate visitors about the area's natural
resources and to encourage stewardship of the park. Staffed by
volunteers, the center also offers parks memberships and merchandise for
cabin housing the visitor center was designed by Cal Poly Pomona
students and is identical to the newly opened camping cabins at Spring
Lake Regional Park. The cabin is ADA-accessible and was funded by
Transient Occupancy Tax revenue approved by the Board of Supervisors for
Regional Parks’ anniversary, which showcases Doran as the first park in the system. Exhibits in the center were funded by donations to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.
Doran Regional Park
is at 201 Doran Beach Road in Bodega Bay. The park features more than
120 campsites and 2 miles of beach ideal for walking, picnicking,
playing in the sand, flying kites, surfing, and bird-watching. A boat
launch provides Bodega Harbor access for sport fishing, kayaking,
stand-up paddling, and kite surfing. A jetty at the harbor mouth is a
popular for rock fishing.
For more information, contact Regional Parks at (707) 565-2041.