The Joe Rodota Trail between Roberts Avenue and South Wright Road will reopen on March 14, 2020. The trail closed for cleaning on January 31, 2020.
Sonoma County Regional Parks installed some temporary fencing in late January to limit public access during the cleanup. Regional Parks also is installing new permanent fencing in some areas to improve the trail’s appearance, discourage loitering along shoulders and allow for short-term closures for maintenance. Regional Parks also is restoring regulatory and directional signs on the trail.
Regional Parks rangers and private security patrols are monitoring the trail. If you suspect trespassing or criminal activity on this section of the trail or surrounding private property, you are asked to call 911 or Santa Rosa Police's non-emergency number (707) 528-5222.
The County will respond expeditiously to any future trail encampments. Rangers will patrol regularly and collaborate with outreach workers and law enforcement so that anyone attempting to camp is aware of local shelter services and the need to vacate the trail.
Regional Parks is exploring opportunities to revitalize the trail’s undeveloped shoulders. Park planners will launch a community engagement process this summer to get ideas for further developing the trail as a “linear park” with more active recreational amenities. Plans call for a significant amount of new housing in this area of Santa Rosa, and park managers believe new recreational features will make the trail an even greater community resource and will improve trail safety and stewardship.
The County has a strong commitment to provide a path to permanent stable housing for all people experiencing homelessness. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is the lead agency charged with preventing and ending homelessness.