Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

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.

Marin County Parks to Plan for Inclusive Access to Open Space Preserves

POSTED ON: February 17, 2015

Marin County Parks is developing its first Inclusive Access Plan to increase the overall equitability of access to county open space. The public is invited to learn more and share feedback at an open house scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Town Center Corte Madera Community Room, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201. The plan will provide a mechanism for identifying opportunities to improve access to the county preserve trail system for all users regardless of ability or age.

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.

Grant Proposals Now Solicited

POSTED ON: January 15, 2015

Marin County Parks is proud to offer the second year of Measure A Community Grant funding. The period to submit Letters of Inquiry begins January 15, 2015 and closes February 27, 2015. This program provides grants to support projects, programs and initiatives of varying scope and size that increase the capacity of community organizations to partner with Marin County Parks to engage and serve communities with limited access to our parks, preserves and programs. Marin County Parks is focused on building relationships with and serving all of Marin’s communities in an equitable manner. Through this grant program we are excited to dramatically enhance our community partnerships and the opportunities Marin communities have to enjoy our parks, preserves and programs. The Grant Program Overview provides additional information about this grant program. For more information and to apply, visit our Measure A webpage.

Input Sought on Master Plans for Three Marin Parks

POSTED ON: January 14, 2015

Marin County Parks is soliciting input and providing opportunities for interested persons to help shape the future of McNears Beach Park in San Rafael, Paradise Beach Park in Tiburon, and Stafford Lake Park in Novato. Made possible due to Measure A funding, master plans for the three parks are in the beginning phases. There are a variety of ways for members of the public to learn more and get involved. In particular, members of the public are now invited to attend a community workshop (dates soon to be released). In addition, online surveys for any or all of the three parks being master planned are available on the Marin County Parks website. Either or both are simple ways to participate.

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.

Response to Comments Now Available

POSTED ON: December 12, 2014

The Response to Comments on the Final Tiered Program Environmental Impact Report for the Draft Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) is now available. Please visit the RTMP/EIR webpage for more information and to read the latest memorandum prepared by the Marin County Open Space District.

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!

Road and Trail Management Plan Staff Report

POSTED ON: November 17, 2014

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) has released a staff memorandum and Analysis of Policy-Related Comments for the Parks and Open Space Commission Meeting on November 20, 2014. The Commission will consider its recommendations to the Marin County Open Space District Board of Directors on the Draft Road and Trail Management Plan and Final Tiered Program Environmental Impact Report. The addendum to the staff report provides an evaluation of comments that the MCOSD received on the policies, best management practices, decision making process, and other issues described in the Draft Road and Trail Management Plan.

Final Tiered Program Environmental Impact Report for the Road and Trail Management Plan Released

POSTED ON: November 15, 2014

In its continued efforts to complete the Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP), the Marin County Open Space District has released a Final Tiered Program Environmental Impact Report (TPEIR) for the Draft Road and Trail Management Plan. The Final TPEIR includes all comments received during the public review period for the recirculated Draft TPEIR, responses to these comments, changes to the Draft TPEIR in response to these comments, and a proposed draft project development worksheet to monitor project compliance with the RTMP. The Final TPEIR and the process for certifying the TPEIR and approving the RTMP are described in the Notice of Availability. Visit the RTMP webpage to view the Draft and Final TPEIR and the Draft RTMP.

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