Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Check Out a Library Parks Pass

POSTED ON: December 19, 2016

If you have a Marin County library card, you can check out a Marin County parks pass. The parks pass covers free entry and parking for McNears Beach Park, Paradise Beach Park, Stafford Lake Park, Black Point Boat Launch, and Miller Point Boat Launch. It can be checked out for one week at a time.

Parks passes are available at all ten Marin County free libraries: Civic Center, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Marin City, Novato, Point Reyes, South Novato, and Stinson Beach. The library’s traveling Bookmobile also offers the passes.

For more information about checking out a parks pass, call or visit your nearest Marin County Free Library.

Measure A Research Grant Proposals Now Accepted

POSTED ON: November 1, 2016

Measure A is funding two annual small grant research programs (each $10,000) designed to encourage local academic and independent research on Marin County Parks lands to aid in management of natural resources. 2017 grant proposals are due by December 23, 2016. See application details for more information.

Final EIR for the Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan is Now Available

POSTED ON: October 5, 2016

The final environmental impact report (EIR) for the Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan (Plan) is now available on the Plan webpage. The final EIR includes the responses to comments received on the draft EIR and recommended changes to the both draft EIR and VBMP. The webpage contains more information about final EIR, upcoming public meetings hosted by the Parks and Open Space Commission and the Marin Open Space District to consider approval of the Plan and certification of the final EIR, and a history of the planning process to develop the Plan.

Pier Repair Project to Start in September

POSTED ON: August 26, 2016

Beginning in mid-September, the fishing pier at McNears Beach Park in San Rafael will undergo repairs to fix and restore corrosion damage. The popular pier, one of only a few public fishing piers on the Marin/Sonoma shoreline along San Pablo Bay, was constructed nearly 30 years ago in 1987.

Though repairs are expected to continue through April 2017, the pier will remain open to the public throughout the duration of the project. For more information, visit the project webpage and/or contact Superintendent Chris Bramham at (415) 473-6387.

Corte Madera Creek Marsh Habitat Enhancement Project Underway

POSTED ON: August 23, 2016

The southeastern section of the marsh adjacent to Hal Brown Park in Greenbrae suffers from limited tidal action and areas of poor soil. The Southern Culvert Replacement Project, which kicked off earlier this month, will replace a single 60-inch culvert upstream of the Bon Air Bridge with three 60-inch culverts. The project will improve tidal flow into the marsh, increase the tidal prism of the creek, and create new habitat for the endangered Ridgway’s rail.

Construction activities will commence September 1 and are expected to last through November 2016. During construction, a portion of the Corte Madera Creek Multiuse Pathway will be closed and a detour will be provided around the work site. For more information, contact Superintendent Chris Bramham at (415) 473-6387.

Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed (Friends) played a key role in developing this project. Design and funding is a combination of mitigation funds, grants, and contributions from partnerships with Ross Valley Sanitary District, the California Water Quality Control Board, and the Transportation Authority of Marin, and Friends.

Restoring Habitat and Adopting Trails in Gary Giacomini Preserve

POSTED ON: July 28, 2016

Restoration and decommission work on the “Knee Cap” and other nearby social trails as well as trail work to adopt the Candelero Canyon Trail and the Contour Trail complex in Gary Giacomini Preserve will begin on August 1 with anticipated completion by October 15. Expect trail closures on Candelero Canyon Trail and the Contour Trail complex from Monday through Friday from 7am to 4:30pm while crews are working. The existing network of unsanctioned trails in this location is comprised of poorly aligned historic logging roads and unsanctioned trails that cause environmental impacts in their current condition. As part of this Measure A-funded project, the Marin County road and trail crew will restore over 4,000 linear feet of habitat, reduce sedimentation through improved drainage, and improve visitor safety while adopting portions of a network of previously unsanctioned trails in the Gary Giacomini preserve. Visit the Road and Trail Projects webpage for additional information.

Improving Stream Habitat and Old Railroad Grade Trail in Loma Alta Preserve

POSTED ON: July 12, 2016

About 500-feet of existing trail in Loma Alta preserve is very steep through two watercourses. This segment is deeply rutted, in poor condition, and delivers excess sediment to the Corte Madera Creek Watershed, adversely affecting plants and wildlife and posing a risk to visitor safety. The Measure A-funded project to rehabilitate this area was initiated and partially completed in 2015 and will be completed this summer. Work includes habitat restoration along approximately 1,000-linear feet of the existing trail, installation of a bridge, and trail construction. The project is resumed on July 11, 2016 and is expected to last through September 2016. The project site will be closed to the public until work is complete due to the constraints of the canyon. There is no public access through Baywood Canyon. Visit the Road and Trail Projects webpage for additional information.

Roy’s Redwood Trail Improvements to Protect Lagunitas Creek Watershed

POSTED ON: July 2, 2016

Trail improvements on the Roy’s Redwood Loop Trail have commenced with anticipated completion by November 2016. The trail will be closed to hikers Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and entirely closed to horses for the duration of the project. This project was initiated in 2015 with Measure A funding. The existing trail included several steep at-grade stream crossings contributing to sedimentation in the La¬≠gunitas Creek watershed. This project will establish an improved trail system for visitors exploring these primeval groves of bay and redwood trees. Visit the Road and Trail Projects webpage for additional information. 

Breaking Ground this Summer on Road and Trail Work

POSTED ON: June 23, 2016

With Marin County Board of Supervisors approval of the County’s 2016-17 budget on June 22, 2016, we are moving forward with five projects to improve trails and restore habitat in the open space preserves. Trail upgrades, re-alignments, and decommissioning will take place throughout the preserve system, including Loma Alta, Camino Alto, Roy’s Redwoods, and Gary Giacomini. Read the full story.

Fairway Trails Improvement Project and Adoption

POSTED ON: June 13, 2016

Many in the community identified existing social trails and abandoned roads near the end of Fairway Drive in Mill Valley for designation. In order to adopt these trails, the Marin County Open Space District proposes to upgrade 3,200 linear feet of existing trails, decommission 5,500 feet of roads and trails, and construct 1,700 feet of trail reroutes. The project will begin this summer. The Initial Study and Draft Negative Declaration for the Fairway Trails Improvement Project are now available for public review and comment. Please visit the Road and Trail Projects webpage for more information and to view or download the documents.

Visitor Use Study Now Available

POSTED ON: May 12, 2016

A Visitor Use Study was conducted between September through November 2015 to broadly understand visitors and improve visitor services. Experts at San Francisco State University helped implement the study. The results provide a snapshot in time of visitor demographics and preferences as well as visitation barriers that exist for underrepresented groups. Key takeaways are described in a One-Page Summary. Additionally, two focus groups were held to understand interests, barriers, and needs of two growing populations in Marin that are typically underrepresented in our public lands. Study findings between paths, parks, and preserves are summarized in a table. The Visitor Study Report is also available at all 11 branches in the county library system, at the Marin Civic Center, Suite 260, and at the Lucas Valley and regional park field offices

Restoring Habitat and Improving Trails in the Camino Alto Preserve

POSTED ON: May 5, 2016

A new multiuse connector trail in the area referred to as the “Octopus Junction” of the Camino Alto Preserve was identified as a priority project in the 2015 road and trail designation process and has been included in the Fiscal Year 2016/2017 budget. This project will restore more than 12,000 square feet of oak and bay woodland habitat, eliminate sedimentation caused by unsanctioned trail construction, and build a new sustainable connector that will function better for both wildlife and visitors. Trail construction is anticipated this summer 2016. Visit the Road and Trail Projects webpage for additional information.

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