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    Published on November 2, 2018
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    Sonoma County voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to create a dedicated source of funding for their regional and city parks. If approved by two-thirds of voters, Measure M's 1/8-cent sales tax will help repair parks, reduce wildfire risks, protect waterways and wildlife, open public lands, extend trails, and improve access to parks. Learn more about park needs countywide and the citizen oversight for Measure M by reading the expenditure plan and fact sheet.

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    Published on October 9, 2018
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    We're thrilled to announce that Tolay Lake Regional Park will be open every day beginning October 27. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved the park's master plan, an action that lets us open the 3,400-acre park daily without the need for visitor permits. With the opening comes new access to the southern half of the park via an extension of the West Ridge Trail, pictured above. But first, we're hosting the annual Tolay Fall Festival!

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    Published on September 5, 2018
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    Want to see pure joy? Bring your dog to the Spring Lake Water Bark, the annual off-leash party at the park's swimming lagoon, and watch him splash, fetch, chase new friends, and practically wag his tail off. Dogs can swim and romp Sept. 8-9, Sept. 16, Sept. 22-23, and Sept. 29-30.  

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    Published on August 7, 2018
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    Sonoma County voters this fall will have the opportunity to create a dedicated source of funding for their Regional and city parks. The Board of Supervisors agreed Aug. 7 to place a 1/8-cent sales tax for parks on the November ballot. If approved by voters countywide, the measure will help the county and cities maintain parks, reduce wildfire risks, protect waterways and wildlife, open long-awaited parks, expand trails, and offer programs. A key piece of the measure is an expenditure plan that details how the funding will support parks. 

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    Published on July 2, 2018
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    July kicks off the swim season at Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. With lifeguards on duty daily and swim zones clearly marked, this family friendly beach is one of the safest places to enjoy the Russian River. The calm, deep swimming area is created by a seasonal dam, a feature that takes a fair amount of engineering and has been a summer tradition for decades. See how the dam goes up and some cool historical images in this short video.

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    Published on June 1, 2018
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    Join us Saturday, June 2, to dedicate Andy's Unity Park and celebrate the community spirit that transformed a site of tragedy into a space to play, garden, gather, and remember. The afternoon's activities include prayer, reflection, music, art, food, dancers, drummers, games, crafts, yoga, skateboarding demonstrations, and booths hosted by local groups. Designed by residents, Andy's Unity Park is a testament to a neighborhood's vision and perseverance.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on May 4, 2018
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    With Hood Mountain's Pythian Road entrance open for the first time since the wildfires, now's the time to visit. The post-fire landscape offers a unique look at both the ferocity of the flames and the resiliency of nature. At upper elevations, blackened trees stand like burnt matchsticks, but among the charred trunks are hints of regrowth. Our latest blog post tells you what to expect when hiking recently reopened trails. 

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 1, 2018
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    The Pythian Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park is open! We've restored access to nearly all the trails closed after October's wildfire. These include trails leading from Pythian Road to the mountain's 2,700-foot summit and Gunsight Rock. The opening gives hikers their first opportunity to see how fire affected the southern half of the park - and how it's healing. 

  • Regional Parks
    Published on March 9, 2018
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    Nature can be formidable and challenging, as last fall's wildfires reminded us. But is nature also a resource for health and healing? Intuitively, most of us know it is. Our latest blog post explores the science that shows why time outdoors is good for us, especially when recovering from trauma. And if you'd like to deepen your connection to nature, check out our new Nature Heals series of yoga, poetry, art, and mindfulness activities in the parks.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on February 16, 2018
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    It's never been easier to "check out" your parks, thanks to our new partnership with the Sonoma County Library. Now available at all library branches are Regional Parks Discovery Packs, backpacks donated by REI and filled with a parking pass, parks map, nature guides and games, trail notes, Junior Ranger guides, and other park info. All you need to check out the packs - and the parks - are your library card and sense of adventure.

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    Published on February 16, 2018
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    We're happy to announce Hood Mountain's Los Alamos Road entrance reopens Saturday, Jan. 20. October's wildfires mostly spared the north end of the 1,750-acre park, so we're able to restore access to beautiful settings like Santa Rosa Creek, Homestead Meadow, Hood Mountain Trail, and the McCormick addition in adjacent Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 

  • Regional Parks
    Published on November 21, 2017
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    More than a month has passed since the wildfires, and as we all move toward recovery, we want to update you on park conditions and our efforts to stabilize and reopen burned parks.
  • Regional Parks
    Published on October 18, 2017
    Regional Parks

    Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Northern California wildfires. The trauma we are all experiencing is palpable and profound, with some of the very spaces that we turn to for refuge, such as our parks, compromised and closed.  We want to update you on the current park conditions, the role Regional Parks played during this tragedy, and the status of Regional Parks programs and services.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on September 1, 2017
    Regional Parks
    Water Bark at Spring Lake, Trails Challenge Hood Mountain Hike, Reflecting on the Future of Parks, Fall Activities Guide, International Coastal Clean Up Day, Blue Water Paddle Race at Doran Beach, other September activities.
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