Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

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.

Share the Path Campaign Kicks Off May 6

POSTED ON: May 4, 2015

Coordinated with Bike Month, the County of Marin, the City of Mill Valley, and Marin County Bicycle Coalition are launching a fun, new public awareness campaign—part of a larger effort to increase safety and enjoyment on the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Pathway. #sharethepath sharethepathmarin.org

Events include:
May 6 | Bike to School Day: 7:45am—9am and 1:30—3:00pm, Sycamore Roundabout
May 9 | 10:00—noon, Sycamore roundabout
May 14 | Bike to Work Day: 6:30am—9:00am, Aid station on East Blithedale

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.

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.

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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