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.
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