Sonoma County Regional Parks includes more than 50 parks and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes and miles of trails. Others feature sports fields, playgrounds, and campgrounds. Regional Parks also manages the county's largest ocean marina and largest extracurricular environmental education center.
Regional Parks preserves irreplaceable natural and cultural resources and offers opportunities for recreation and education that enhance the quality of life and well-being of Sonoma County's residents and visitors.
Sonoma County's parks and trails are core to the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Our parks and programs inspire people and provide opportunities for them to connect mind, body, and spirit. Sonoma County Regional Parks is a model organization passionately protecting land, stewarding natural and cultural resources, and providing public access to the outdoors.
Innovation, equity, inclusion, sustainability, accessibility, and accountability
The County of Sonoma recognizes that we’re on the ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok, Pomo, and Wappo who are the original caretakers of this area. We respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous peoples who have been stewarding and maintaining relationship on this land as knowledge keepers for millennia.
The County of Sonoma is dedicated to understanding and educating the public about historical and ongoing connections between land conservation and social inequities. This includes the histories of genocide, forced removal and displacement, and broken promises with Indigenous peoples as a part of American history.
Indigenous people are not just in our histories. We strive to optimize Indigenous voices to share their own history, as to not perpetuate another form of being silenced. While recognizing the past, we honor the resiliency of Native people still in their ancestral territories in relationship with their land and culture.
This acknowledgement does not take the place of authentic relationships with Indigenous communities but serves as a gesture of respect to the land we are on.
Social Equity and Parks
Sonoma County Regional Parks is committed to ensuring all Sonoma County residents have equitable access to the benefits parks provide the community. True to the philosophy of public parks is the concept that people of all backgrounds - no matter the color of their skin, age, income level, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin, or language - can enjoy programs, facilities, places and spaces on common ground. Parks build communities by creating welcome and inclusive environments.
Regional Parks works to ensure all people have access to parks, and are involved in the development and use of park services. Regional Parks focuses on quality educational and recreational programs, safe facilities, investments in Regional Park improvement projects addressing identified disparities, and supporting policies and programs that support our most vulnerable communities. Regional Parks believes in equitable access to parks for all to create a just, healthy, and resilient community.
Strategic Priorities 2019-2022 (Updated Oct. 2020)
Sonoma County’s parks and trails are core to the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Our parks and programs inspire people and provide opportunities for them to connect mind, body, and spirit. Sonoma County Regional Parks is a model organization passionately protecting land, stewarding natural and cultural resources, and providing public access to the outdoors.