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Funding for Sonoma County Parks

Sonoma County Regional Parks Have Grown, But Funding Has Not Kept Pace

Over the past 50 years, the Regional Parks system has grown to over 11,000 acres and 150 miles of trails in 56 parks, open spaces and marinas. In the last 10 years alone, the park system has doubled, going from 5,648 acres to 11,071 acres. We now face critical shortfalls for maintenance, fire recovery, park openings and natural resource protections. Currently, we do not have a dedicated funding source to support all of Sonoma County’s parks.

November 6, 2018 Ballot Measure

After extensive community outreach, the Board of Supervisors has placed a 1/8th cent sales tax measure on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot. The measure - Measure M - would have a 10-year term and provide stable funding for regional and city parks in Sonoma County.

Additional Sonoma County Regional Parks Funding Would:

  • Maintain parks, trails and open spaces
  • Help protect water quality
  • Reduce risk of future wildfires
  • Protect wildlife habitats and fisheries
  • Improve access and increase attendance
  • Support local neighborhood parks and recreation

Our Regional Parks and Open Spaces Helped Us During and After the Fires

We saw the 860-acre Shiloh Ranch act as a buffer between the Tubbs fire and Windsor, giving crews space to react and prevent its encroachment on the town. About 2,600 acres of parklands countywide were impacted by the fires. As we recover, we see residents coming to parks for healing and restoration.

Planning for the Future

We are committed to seeing our Regional Parks play a vital role in the health, safety and economy of our county for decades to come. Residents love their parks. Now, as we recover, we know we can work together to improve the entire Sonoma County parks network.