Santa Rosa, CA – July 31, 2017 – Regional Parks is opening a temporary visitor center at Doran Regional Park on Saturday, Aug. 5. Park staff and officials will host a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. and welcome visitors into the center. Naturalists will lead family activities, including a tide pool talk with live sea animals, and refreshments will be served.
The visitor center is located in a trailered cabin parked near the boardwalk. Park staff have prepared a variety of interactive displays that interprets the diverse habitats found at Doran the sand dunes, ocean, wetlands and intertidal zone. The exhibits include the preserved skeleton of a sea lion, a children’s discovery activities and a touch table, and interpretive panels created by a local artist illustrating the habitats of Doran Regional Park and the Sonoma Coast.
The visitor center is part of Sonoma County Regional Park’s 50th anniversary celebration, and will be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November. The center will be staffed by unpaid park volunteers, who will be available for visitors to ask questions, as a service to the community.
Doran Regional Park is a destination for over 750,000 visitors each year. There are very few interpretive facilities on the Sonoma Coast. The long-awaited Doran visitor center provides an enhanced experience for park goers to learn about the local flora and fauna of the area, purchase park memorabilia, and an opportunity to have questions answered about the area by park representatives. One of the primary goals of the visitor center is to educate campers and visitors on the unique values at Doran and instill an ethic of stewardship.
The visitor center is a cabin trailer designed by students from Cal Poly Pomona. It is identical to the newly opened camping cabins at Spring Lake Park. The temporary building is ADA compliant.
The trailer cost approximately $30,000, and was funded by the Transient Occupancy Tax approved by the Board of Supervisors as part of the Regional Parks 50th anniversary celebration to showcase Doran as the first park in the system. The exhibits were funded by donations to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.
For more information, contact Community Engagement Manager Bethany Facendini at (707) 565-2041 or Bethany.Facendini@sonoma-county.org.