Sonoma County Regional Parks has garnered state and national recognition for its groundbreaking Caminitos Al Parque program, which introduces low-income Latinx families with preschool-aged children to the wonders of nature.
Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties are launching a coordinated campaign to provide visitor education and outreach to reduce the amount of litter and waste in coastal regions and watersheds through a three-County memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the non-profit organization Leave No Trace.The ongoing partnership includes coordination with federal and state agencies, federally recognized tribes, non-federally recognized tribes, local jurisdictions and land managers, Sonoma County Tourism, and other community-based groups across all three counties.
The water park at Spring Lake Regional Park returns on Saturday, May 28, after a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. The water park, located in Spring Lake’s chlorinated swimming lagoon, is an inflatable playground featuring floating slides, climbing walls, bridges, balance beams, jumps, an in-water sports court and other fun activities.
New areas of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve will again be accessible to outdoor enthusiasts seeking to hike, bike, ride or camp in the Mayacamas Mountains when Sonoma County Regional Parks opens the park to wider public access this weekend, May 28-29, following extensive fire clean up and repairs.
Due to ongoing drought conditions and reduced river flows, Sonoma County Regional Parks is unable to install the summer dam on the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in 2022.
Sonoma County residents and visitors looking to swim, float or play at two of Sonoma County’s most popular Russian River beaches can avoid the likelihood of full parking lots by taking the Sonoma County Regional Parks River Shuttle this summer.
Sonoma County Regional Parks, in cooperation with Sonoma County Fire District, is planning a series of weekday pile burns in Foothill Regional Park beginning late March 2022 and continuing into April.
In the 2020-21 fiscal year, county and municipal park agencies throughout Sonoma County used more than $8.3 million in Measure M – Parks for All funds to expand parklands by nearly 2,500 acres, increase public access to programs and events and adopt a “climate durable” approach to rebuilding parks that have experienced wildfires.
Sonoma County Regional Parks has acquired 120 acres on the western flank of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve above the Sonoma Valley, a strategic expansion that will preserve scenic views and wildlife habitat, offer new recreation opportunities, and support future wildfire defense.
Fans of Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma have more to celebrate with this month's opening of a new entrance and multi-use trail on the north side of the park. The 31-space parking lot on Windsor Drive is 1 mile closer to downtown than the parks southern entrance on Chileno Valley Road and gives visitors access to the new West Wind Trail.