Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Public Invited to Help Shape Future of Stafford Lake Park

POSTED ON: June 30, 2015

The Marin public is invited to share thoughts and ideas about the future of Stafford Lake Park, a popular 139-acre park situated on the shores of Stafford Lake three miles west of Novato. Marin County Parks will host the second in a series of public meetings to develop a new master plan for Stafford Lake Park on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, from 7:00-8:00pm at the Novato Youth Center, 680 Wilson Avenue in Novato.

Visit Stafford Lake Park Master Plan webpage to learn more.

New Road and Trail Projects Webpage

POSTED ON: June 12, 2015

Check out the new Road and Trail Projects webpage! On the page you will find the latest news and information about current and upcoming MCOSD road and trail projects, presented region by region. The Road and Trail Project Proposal Form and Region 1 maps are available in the "Regions" section.

Public Comment Period Begins for Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan Draft TPEIR

POSTED ON: May 6, 2015

The Marin County Open Space District has released the Draft Tiered Program Environmental Impact Report (TPEIR) for the Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan. The 60-day public comment period on the Draft TPEIR runs from today through July 8, 2015. The Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission will hear oral public comments at its regular meeting on May 21, 2015. The Draft VBMP and the Draft TPEIR are available online. Hard copies are available at all Marin County Parks offices and at various libraries across the county.

Open Space District to Buy Sky Ranch

POSTED ON: April 29, 2015

Sky Ranch, a picturesque 16.2-acre property that straddles Fairfax and San Anselmo, will become part of the Bald Hill Open Space Preserve owned and managed by the Marin County Open Space District. The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal for the district to purchase the former equestrian boarding facility for $630,000 at its April 28 meeting. The MCOSD will use $330,000 from Measure A funding reserves and has applied for a grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy for the $300,000 balance. The Conservancy already has indicated support for the project and its board plans to review the grant application in June.

Scooters Allowed Full Time at McInnis Skatepark

POSTED ON: February 26, 2015

Effective March 15, 2015 nonmotorized scooters will be allowed during all hours of operation at the McInnis Skatepark. Prior to this date, scooters were only allowed until 1pm and all day on Wednesdays. The expansion of hours is in response to changing use patterns over the last several years with a growth in the number of scooter riders. Additionally, a skatepark ambassador program has been launched to collaborate with users on safety and etiquette issues at the park. For more information, read the news release.

Board of Supervisors Approves Marin County Park Fee Changes

POSTED ON: February 24, 2015

The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a new fee schedule for county parks at a public hearing on February 24, 2015. The proposed fee schedule reflects an overall decrease in fees charged for visitor use at county parks. View the following documents for detailed information on these fee changes: Staff Report; Attachment; and Draft Resolution.

Final Road and Trail Management Plan Released

POSTED ON: February 2, 2015

The Marin County Open Space District has released the Final Road and Trail Management Plan. To view the Final RTMP and for more information about the project, visit the RTMP webpage. To request a printed Final RTMP, please contact James Raives by email or at (415) 473-3745. High-resolution digital files on flash drive are available for free or $2.00 to ship and the printed Final RTMP is available for $34.00 or $40.00 to ship.

Marin County Parks Annual Report Now Available

POSTED ON: January 13, 2015

The first Marin County Parks Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013-14 is now available online. The annual report provides a broad overview of department budgets; expenditures; important planning, acquisition, maintenance and capital improvement projects; staff functions; and describes Measure A expenditures within the context of department work as a whole. Measure A is a one-quarter cent retail transactions and use tax passed by voters in November 2012 to care for Marin’s existing parks and open spaces, support regional community parks projects and programs, and further farmland preservation. The report meets Measure A annual reporting requirements. The report is also available in print format the Marin Civic Center.

List of Marin County Park's Network Now Available

POSTED ON: January 13, 2015

Marin County Parks doesn’t care for the county’s parks and open spaces alone. A new list of agencies, organizations, and advisory boards with which we are engaged is now available online. Whether volunteering, engaged in our planning and projects, providing funding, connecting us with new opportunities, providing us with new information, or collaborating to increase the capacity of services our department provides, our network of organizations and individuals elevates our ability to care for our public lands at a level we couldn’t achieve alone. We would also like to extend our thanks to the hundreds of individuals, unaffiliated with any organization, that take the time to engage with and support Marin County Parks.

Castro Park Playground to Get Upgrade

POSTED ON: December 8, 2014

The playground at Castro Park in Santa Venetia is going to be renovated. Since October, Marin County Parks has been working with CSA #18 and the local community to plan the project and gather community input. If you live in Santa Venetia, we want to hear what you think about the future playground—please take our online survey!

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