September 2018
Dear Friend of the Parks,

Sonoma County is home to one of the most diverse park systems in California – spanning cities, suburbs, valleys, mountains, river and ocean – with open space conservation land, developed trails, skate parks, tennis courts, sports fields, playgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, marinas and campgrounds.

In the last ten years, the size of the park system has doubled, growing to over 11,000 acres and 150 miles of trails. Park attendance has increased nearly 40% in the same time period. Funding has not kept pace with this growth, and the needs are substantial, including increasing costs to operate and maintain 56 parks, protect natural resources, and reduce wildfire risk. Yet, there is no dedicated funding source to support all of Sonoma County’s parks.

The Parks Foundation steps in, thanks to generous donors, and helps:
·          Sponsor park programs for underserved communities, seniors and youth.
·          Support the development of environmental education programs
·          Fund natural resources projects to restore habitats and protect wildlife
·          Provide financial support to develop new parks and trails
·          Create popular community events, such as Funky Fridays, Water Bark and the Tolay Fall Festival
While important, the Park Foundation's grants to the Regional Parks are a fraction of what is required to meet the overall needs of Sonoma County's parks. In the November election, Sonoma County voters will be asked to vote on Measure M, a one-eighth cent countywide sales tax that would raise an estimated $11.5 million annually over ten years. Funds would be used to update park infrastructure, develop new parks, trails and paths and provide support for operations and staff, including rangers and park maintenance. Two-thirds of the funds would be directed to the 56 regional parks, and one-third of the funds would be directed to fund city parks, in proportion with each city's population.
We hope you will take time to learn how Measure M will provide Regional Parks with a stable source of funding and prevent future reductions in services, and increases in fees, for the good of all Sonoma County residents.To learn more about Measure M, please visit SonomaCountyParksForAll.

Because, we know you love parks.

Sincerely,
Melissa Kelley
Executive Director
Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation
Thank you for your support of Sonoma County Regional Parks!
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, TAX ID #68-0421813
Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation | 2300 County Center Drive #120A | Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-565-1830