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