Foundation awards $60,000 in grants to Regional Parks staff!
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March 2017

Dear Friend of the Parks Foundation, 

One of the Foundation's most "feel good" activities is the annual Best of the Best celebration, during which we award our hardworking Regional Parks staff specific funding for site improvements, construction tools, program enhancements, and much more.
This year we were thrilled to award $60,000 to 20  staffers for needs large and small - everything from a motorized half-ton wheelbarrow for trail construction, to new taxidermy animals for the Environmental Discovery Center, to improvements at the Doran Beach group campground BBQ area. 

This grant program has grown significantly thanks to the generous support of Parks Foundation donors. It's one of the most important ways we help Regional Parks, and we couldn't do it without you.
Thank you! 

Russian River Water Safety Patrol: 
Saving lives, educating swimmers

Four years ago, Sonoma County Regional Parks launched a targeted program to address the drownings and near-drownings that occur too often along the Russian River. Thanks to the contributions of individual donors and program sponsors, the River Patrol continues to grow and its effectiveness is clear.

Summer 2016
Safety contacts by lifeguards
Spanish speaking safety contacts
Active rescues - mostly children and teens
Lifejackets fitted and loaned

River Patrol teams of lifeguards, rangers and water safety assistants visit popular county beaches along the Russian River. These friendly, specially-trained staff educate parents and vulnerable swimmers about the dangers of the river, such as underwater obstacles and sudden drop-offs. They also manage the loaner life jacket program, taking time to assure a proper fit. 

With this high demand program, there is an ongoing need for replacement life vests, at a cost of $30 each. The aquatics team hopes to purchase 120 new life jackets for summer 2017. Your donation will save lives!

Designate your gift to Russian River Water Safety Patrol

We're super grateful to
Whole Foods for their continuing partnership. From sponsoring the Trails Challenge, to donating healthy snacks for the Tolay Fall Festival, Whole Foods gives because it understands the value of robust outdoor spaces for exercise, play, and reflection.
Next up: 5% of revenues from Whole Foods Sebastopol, Sonoma, and Petaluma on Wednesday, April 5 will be donated to the Parks Foundation!
Stop by between 11-1 or 4:30-6:30 and enter a drawing for a Parks Membership  ($69 value) or 50th Anniversary t-shirt! 


Frequently asked question: 
How do I go about sponsoring a picnic table or bench in a park?  

Answer: The benches and tables you see in Regional Parks featuring tributes on small metal plaques are part of our commemorative furniture program. This program provides people who love parks a meaningful option to honor a loved one's memory or to recognize the service or contribution of someone special.

Examples of some available sites: 
  • Three beautiful, new, sturdy picnic tables at Westside Park (Bodega Bay)
  • Picnic tables and benches at Shiloh Ranch Park (Windsor)
  • Horseshoe pitching court at Shiloh
  • Picnic tables at Taylor Mountain Regional Park (Santa Rosa)
Visit our website for more information or contact Pam McBride, commemorative furniture coordinator at (707) 565-1355 or email for more information.

Commemorative furniture program supports high priority projects  within Regional Parks. Thank you!

Click on the links for details.

Friday, March 24: Russian River Confluence info
Wednesday, April 5:  Whole Foods 5% Day for Parks Foundation 
Saturday, April 8: Annadel 5K with proceeds to Taylor Mountain trails info
Friday, May 26: Funky Fridays @The Hood opens with The Bruthas info


Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation | (707)565-1830

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