Santa Rosa, CA – May 22, 2018 – Beginning
Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the County of Sonoma in collaboration with the City of
Santa Rosa will temporarily close the section of the Joe Rodota Trail (JRT)
from Roseland Avenue to Dutton Avenue to remove unlawful encampments and
reestablish a safe and clean environment for all trail visitors. The effort is
anticipated to last two days, after which the County will reopen the closed
section of the JRT for recreational trail use. During the temporary closure,
signs will be posted clearly marking the closed areas. Additionally, Sonoma
County Regional Parks is encouraging users to avoid that section of the trail
and posted alternate route signs on the trail Friday, May 18.
is committed to providing exceptional services to our community, and that means
connecting people who are homeless with programs to help them find housing, and
restoring the safe and clean atmosphere of the trail for all users,” said
Supervisor Lynda Hopkins.
closure is necessary to address the environmental impacts of unauthorized
encampments, including removal of trash and bio-hazardous materials (e.g., used
syringes, food waste, human and animal waste). During the operations, the project
area will be closed to the public in order to accommodate the safe operation of
heavy equipment and the efficient completion of necessary work.
Occupants of the encampments have been informed of the upcoming closure, and
have been regularly offered services and shelter. Individuals who are illegally
encamped in the area are being be asked to voluntarily relocate from the
project area beginning May 30, 2018. Signage of the timeline of the trail
closure will be posted on May 23, 2018 for the public and occupants of the
Police Department, Sonoma County Regional Parks and the Sonoma County Community
Development Commission through its service provider partners, including the
Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST), will coordinate closely to facilitate
access to services and shelter that are responsive to each individual’s needs
and ultimately provide a path to permanent stable housing. There is sufficient
capacity in the homeless system of care to safely shelter or house all encampment
occupants. Additionally, Sonoma County Regional Parks will store all the
personal property of occupants who are relocating, if requested, for up to 60
remain encamped in the project area after May 30, 2018 will be subject to
citation for violation of state and local laws including those that prohibit
trespassing and illegal camping.
are being undertaken as part of a joint effort by the County of Sonoma and the
City of Santa Rosa.