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Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting

Date: October 02, 2023

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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  1. 1. Welcome & Land Acknowledgement – Bert Whitaker, Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks
  2. Call to Order & Duties of the Commission – Commission Chair
    1.  To act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors in promoting, aiding and encouraging public recreation, including the development of recreation, park and open space facilities;
    2. To act in an advisory capacity to Regional Parks Director in the maintenance, development and operation of recreation areas and facilities serving the residents of the county;
    3. To establish general procedures to carry out the purpose of the advisory commission.
  3. Comments from the Public – Public may address the Commission on matters that are not on the agenda 
    1. Members of the public wishing to suggest an item for a future Commission agenda may do so during this public comment period. The Ralph M. Brown Act (the State local agency open meeting law) prohibits the Commission from acting on any matter that is not on the agenda. Speakers are limited to three minutes each; the Commission Chair may adjust the time limit in light of the number of anticipated speakers.
  4. Approval of the Minutes (Action Item) - of the May 22, 2023 meeting of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission
  5. Commissioner Reports (Informational) – Commission Chair Arsel Perez
  6. Director’s Report (Informational) - Bert Whitaker, Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks
  7. Occidental Community Center Pickleball Courts (Action Item) -David Robinson, Parks Manager, Sonoma County Regional Parks
  8. Joe Rodota Trail – Public Art Project (Informational) – Kari Svanstrom, Planning Director, City of Sebastopol, and Bert Whitaker, Director, Sonoma County Regional Parks
  9. Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan (Informational) - Mindy Craig, BluePoint Planning
  10. Adjournment – Commission Chair Arsel Perez

Spanish Interpretation

  • Spanish interpretation will be provided as an accommodation if requested in advance. Please contact Regional Parks at (707) 565-3351 or by email by noon on the Friday prior to the meeting. We will make every effort to provide for an accommodation.
  • Interpretación al español se proveerá si usted lo pide antes de la junta. Por favor llame a la secretaria al (707) 565-3351 o notifícanos por correo electrónico antes del mediodía del viernes anterior a la reunión. Haremos todo lo posible para complacerlo. 

Disabled Accommodation

If you have a disability which requires an accommodation or an alternative format to assist you in observing and commenting on this meeting, please contact the Regional Parks Secretary at (707) 565-3351 or by email by noon on the Friday prior to the meeting. We will make every effort to provide for an accommodation.

Public Comment at Meetings

Members of the public are free to address the Commission.

Public comments:

  • Should fall under the subject matter jurisdiction of the meeting.
  • Are time-limited. Public comment applies to action items and general public comment at the end of the meeting. Action items are specified on the agenda. Time limitations are at the discretion of the Director and Chair and may be adjusted to accommodate all speakers.

In addition to oral public comment at the meetings, the community is also invited to communicate with Regional Parks through email. Members of the public who would like to make statements that may exceed the time limits for public comment, suggest topics to be placed on future agendas, or suggest questions to be raised and discussed by Commission members or staff, may send an email addressing these matters to

Commission members may not deliberate or take action on items not on the agenda and may only listen and respond briefly in limited circumstances. Should Commission members wish to deliberate on an issue raised during public comment, that issue may be placed on a future agenda of the Commission for discussion and possible action. Materials related to an item on this Agenda submitted to the Commission after distribution of the agenda packet are available for public inspection in the Regional Parks main office at 2300 County Center Drive, Suite 120, Santa Rosa California 95403 during normal business hours or via email.

Agendas and Materials 

Agendas and Materials: Agendas and supporting materials are available on Regional Parks’ website.

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