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  • Published on October 13, 2021

    In honor of Veterans Day, military members, veterans and their families can receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks on the holiday and weekend, Nov. 11 through Nov. 14, 2021.  Active duty military, veterans and their families can visit county-managed parks and trails with a special pass that waives the $7 day-use parking fee. Passes must be obtained in advance from the offices of Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma County Veterans Services or the Santa Rosa VA Clinic. 

  • Published on September 7, 2021

    The community of Guerneville will soon get its first public boat launch as part of Sonoma County Regional Parks’ effort to expand river access and public recreation on the Russian River. Construction of the launch area for non-motorized watercraft began in August at Guerneville River Park.

  • Published on August 23, 2021

    This month the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) will transfer ownership of a 1,236-acre coastal property to Sonoma County Regional Parks. This land, owned and managed by Ag + Open Space as Wright Hill Ranch, will eventually open to the public as a regional park and open space preserve adjacent to the Red Hill portion of Sonoma Coast State Park, just south of where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.

  • Published on July 19, 2021

    This month the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space), a special district dedicated to protecting our working and natural lands forever, will transfer ownership of a significant and storied 1,290-acre Sonoma Valley property to Sonoma County Regional Parks. 

  • Published on July 7, 2021

    Sonoma County residents and visitors looking to visit two of the most popular Russian River beaches this summer can avoid the likelihood of full parking lots by taking the new Sonoma County Regional Parks River Shuttle. 

  • Published on June 1, 2021

    Outdoor enthusiasts will once again be able to hike, bike or ride in parts of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve this summer when Sonoma County Regional Parks re-opens the Sonoma Valley park to limited public access on June 1, 2021. Hood Mountain Regional Park has been closed since September 2020, when the Glass Fire burned approximately 80 percent of the 2,000-acre park.

  • Published on May 14, 2021

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is requesting community input on its proposed plan to create a Russian River access park near Cloverdale. The Russian River Parkway’s draft master plan will guide the development and management of the future 19-acre north county river park. Regional Parks invites the public to review the project presentation at russianriverpkwy.com and provide comments through June 30, 2021.

  • Published on April 23, 2021

    Sonoma County Regional Parks, Pepperwood Preserve and Sonoma Ecology Center/Team Sugarloaf are asking residents to be citizen scientists and take part in the global City Nature Challenge event. The challenge takes place two parts. From April 30 to May 3, people are asked to take pictures of wild plants and animals and upload them to the iNaturalist app. Scientists will be identifying what was found, May 4-9. Results will be announced on May 10.

  • Published on April 21, 2021

    Sonoma County Tourism along with Sonoma County Regional Parks today announced a partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to help ensure visitors who enjoy the region’s parks and other natural resource areas do so responsibly and sustainably.

  • Published on April 21, 2021

    Sonoma Land Trust has acquired and transferred to Sonoma County Regional Parks 200 acres of former ranchland within the boundaries of Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve. This park expansion has been a priority to ensure future generations of visitors and wildlife can thrive and adapt in this important corridor of the Mayacamas Mountains.

  • Published on April 15, 2021

    As part of the ongoing effort to rebuild wildfire-ravaged Foothill Regional Park in Windsor, the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation has received a $500,000 Kaiser Permanente grant. This funding will allow Sonoma County Regional Parks to renovate the 211-acre park with a new “climate-adaptive” design to make it more resilient to future wildfires and offer greater protection to surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Published on March 18, 2021

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has completed and opened an extension to the regional West County Trail in downtown Forestville, greatly improving public access and safety, and officially linking the community to Graton, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa via a paved non-motorized, multi-use path.

  • Published on February 8, 2021

    A report on the first year of the local Measure M – Parks for All sales tax spending is now available and summarizes the various ways Sonoma County and its nine cities allocated $12.4 million in new funding to expand and improve parks in the 2019-20 fiscal year.

  • Published on February 2, 2021

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has constructed and opened a nature-inspired outdoor play area where kids and families can connect with the natural world at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve.

  • Published on December 30, 2020

    The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space), a special district dedicated to protecting our working and natural lands forever, transferred ownership of a 335-acre coastal property to Sonoma County Regional Parks. This land, known as Carrington Coast Ranch, will eventually open to the public as a regional park and open space preserve just north of Salmon Creek.

  • Published on November 9, 2020

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has acquired more than 500 acres in Monte Rio through a collaborative effort to preserve critical coastal range forest and create a diverse trail system in what will be the first regional park for this part of the county.

  • Published on October 30, 2020

    On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Sonoma County Regional Parks will begin construction of a shaded fuel break in Sonoma Valley Regional Park in an effort to improve forest health, promote park resiliency, and modulate the severity of future wildfires.

  • Published on October 20, 2020

    In honor of Veterans Day, military members, veterans and their families will receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks on the holiday and the preceding weekend. Active duty military, veterans and their families can visit county-managed parks and trails with a special pass that waives the $7 day-use parking fee from Saturday, Nov. 7, through Wednesday, Nov. 11.

  • Published on September 15, 2020

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is asking for community feedback on the potential for future trails, campsites and other recreational amenities at North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Preserve. The department is creating a master plan to guide the park’s development and invites the public to review and comment on three plan alternatives between now and Oct. 30.

  • Published on September 8, 2020

    Hikers, cyclists and equestrians have new access to a section of wilderness in Sonoma Valley's Mayacamas Mountains, thanks to the recently constructed Lawson Trail, now open to the public at Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. 

  • Published on June 17, 2020

    Due to impacts of the Covid-19 health emergency and projections for reduced river flows, Sonoma County Regional Parks will not install the summer dam on the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach. 

  • Published on June 2, 2020

    Sonoma County’s health officer on Tuesday further eased restrictions on outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic by issuing an order that allows park agencies to reopen coastal parking lots and restore daytime visiting hours at beaches.

  • Published on May 12, 2020

    Sonoma County’s health officer today further eased restrictions on outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic by issuing an order that allows park agencies to reopen some parking lots and sports facilities. The health order means residents can drive to inland parks beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The order keeps Sonoma Coast parking areas closed to prevent crowding at beaches but allows coastal residents to walk or bike to nearby parks during limited hours.

  • Published on April 28, 2020

    Sonoma County’s health officer today issued a modified parks closure order to allow residents to walk or bike to parks from their homes beginning April 29, 2020.

  • Published on March 23, 2020

    Sonoma County’s interim public health officer today ordered the closure of all parks in Sonoma County to further enforce the county’s shelter-in-place directive during the COVID-19 emergency. The closure goes into effect March 24 and remains in effect until further notice.

  • Published on March 17, 2020

    Regional Parks on March 18, 2020 is suspending all non-essential services in compliance with County of Sonoma health guidelines to prevent the community spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). This status is in effect through April 7, 2020 or until extended, rescinded, superseded or amended.

    All parks, trails and beaches remain open so the community can engage in self-directed outdoor exercise (hiking, walking, biking) while following social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines. Parking fees are waived until further notice.

  • Published on March 16, 2020

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is suspending guided activities and large gatherings and closing indoor facilities through April 3, 2020. The decision follows guidance from health authorities for slowing the community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Published on January 24, 2020

    Find new ways to enjoy the outdoors with Sonoma County Regional Parks’ latest activities guide. The Winter/Spring 2020 guide highlights dozens of events from January through May and offers a wide range of activities, including hikes, camps, family outings, clubs, and special events.

  • Published on December 5, 2019
    Explore the new Mark West Creek Regional Park & Preserve property during our 2020 park preview day. The park is not yet open to the public, but on preview days, you're welcome to hike the site and learn more about its special features.
  • Published on October 28, 2019

    In honor of Veterans Day, military members and veterans will receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks for the upcoming holiday weekend. Passes are available through Nov. 8 at Sonoma County Regional Parks’ main office and Sonoma County Veterans Service Office and through the holiday weekend at at Spring Lake (Newanga Avenue entrance only), Doran Beach, Ragle Ranch, and Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach. 

  • Published on October 15, 2019

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting a third community workshop to gather input on a potential Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail between Forestville and Jenner. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Monte Rio Recreation and Park District office, 20488 Highway 116. Spanish interpretation and refreshments will be provided.

  • Published on June 13, 2019

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, is planning a prescribed burn for Sonoma Valley Regional Park along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen on Monday, June 17, 2019. Fire crews will burn approximately 34 acres between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Smoke will be visible in the air and fire crews and flames will be visible along the highway frontage while the burn is managed.

  • Published on May 21, 2019
    To help reduce visitor impacts on Russian River parks and neighborhoods, Sonoma County Regional Parks is regulating alcohol possession and commercial bus access at Steelhead and Sunset beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
  • Published on May 15, 2019

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is offering military members and veterans free parking at all county parks over Memorial Day weekend. Veterans, active duty military personnel and their families are eligible for a special pass that waives Regional Parks’ $7 day-use parking fee from Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27.  

  • Published on 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.

  • Published on March 15, 2019

    The public is invited to celebrate the dedication of Tolay Lake Regional Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019. The free event will feature speakers, guided hikes, cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, food and music, and is hosted by Sonoma County Regional Parks, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space and Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

  • Published on February 13, 2019

    Sonoma County Regional Parks invites the public to a Feb. 23 informational meeting for two trails planned on the North Coast. Park planners will provide updates on a 1.1-mile trail proposed for the Kashia Coastal Reserve north of Salt Point State Park and a .9-mile trail proposed for Stewarts Point Ranch.

  • Published on February 6, 2019

    Sonoma County Regional Parks and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit will begin burning brush piles at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in southeast Windsor on Sunday, Feb. 10. The pile burn is the first of several to be conducted in the park this month and possibly into the spring, to create a fire break along a wooded boundary the park shares with the Mayacama homeowners. The park will remain open during the burning operations.

  • Published on November 28, 2018

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting a talk by mountain lion researcher Quinton Martins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Windsor Regional Library. The session will provide information on the movement, diet and behavior of mountain lions tracked by the “Living with Lions” project, a community conservation project Martins leads for Audubon Canyon Ranch. 

  • Published on October 31, 2018

    In honor of Veterans Day, military members and veterans will receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks for the upcoming holiday weekend. Passes are available in advance at Sonoma County Regional Parks’ main office and Sonoma County Veterans Service Office and from Nov. 3 through the holiday weekend at the staffed entrances to Spring Lake, Doran and Ragle Ranch parks.

  • Published on October 9, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved the Tolay Lake Regional Park master plan, an action that allows the county’s largest park to open daily later this month.

  • Published on August 7, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, Aug. 7, to place on the November ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax for regional and local park improvements.

  • 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 has 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 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.

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Meda Freeman

Communications Manager

Regional Parks