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.
In honor of Veterans Day, military members, veterans andtheir families can receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks onthe holiday and weekend, Nov. 11 through Nov. 14, 2021. Active dutymilitary, veterans and their families can visit county-managed parks and trailswith a special pass that waives the $7 day-use parking fee. Passes must beobtained in advance from the offices of Sonoma County Regional Parks, SonomaCounty Veterans Services or the Santa Rosa VA Clinic.
Construction begins for Guerneville River Park boat launch area, project also upgrading downtown regional park
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.
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.
Sonoma County Regional Parks received a $500,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to renovate Foothill Regional Park with a climate-adaptive design to make it more resilient to wildfires.
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.
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.