What & Why?
Regional Parks Department is planning a regional park and open space preserve on properties that include portions of Mark West, Porter and Mill Creeks. The property includes open meadows, oak woodlands, and evergreen forests. The park and preserve will protect scenic and natural resources and provide recreation and education opportunities about 20 minutes from downtown Santa Rosa.
On November 16, 2018, Regional Parks took title to approximately 1,192 contiguous acres, acquired by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) through a series of acquisitions beginning in 2007. A proposed regional park at this location was first identified in 1967 in County plans. However, it wasn't until Ag + Open Space, funded by a voter-approved 1/4 cent sales tax, was able to work with willing sellers, that a planned park could be a reality.
The next steps in the process are planning for public previews of the property in the Spring of 2019. This will include minor parking and trail improvements to accommodate public use of the new proposed park on one Saturday each month.
During this public viewing period, Regional Parks will also be preparing a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) for Master Planning for the new park and open space preserve.