Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Pathway Projects

REVISED ON: October 15, 2014

Corte Madera Creek Pathway: Reopened to public use on October 15, following successful culvert repairs by the Ross Valley Sanitary District.

Novato Pathway: A section of the path east of the entrance to the Indian Valley Golf Club to the Stafford Lake Park border will temporarily close on September 8, 2014 while repairs are made to failing structures along the path. Repairs include replacement of retaining walls, new protective safety railing and repaving of the pathway tread. Construction should be complete by the end of October 2014. Traffic controls on Novato Boulevard may be necessary at times. For more information, contact Project Engineer John Avots at or (415) 473-6306.

Marin Wildlife Discovery Day

POSTED ON: October 13, 2014

Mark your calendars for a free day of family fun, celebration, and learning about Marin’s fascinating wildlife! On Saturday, October 25, from 10am to 2pm at Children’s Island in Lagoon Park (across from the Marin Civic Center), Marin County Parks, the Marin Municipal Water District, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will host the first-ever Marin Wildlife Discovery Day as part of the Bay Area Science Festival (a 10-day festival of science and technology, from October 23 through November 1, 2014). 

Wildlife diversity plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy and functioning ecosystems. Learn more from the organizations that make it their mission to protect Marin’s natural lands and the diverse wildlife that live here. Participants and partners include: AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project, California Native Plant Society, College of Marin, Conservation Corps North Bay, Felidae, Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Manor School Green Team, Pepperwood Preserve, Project Coyote, Redwood High School Global Student Embassy, River Otter Ecology Project, Turtle Island Restoration Network, and WildCare.

Skateboards and Scooters

POSTED ON: September 30, 2014

Marin County Parks will host a public meeting on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the skate park picnic tables. We want to hear from skate park users and visitors and discuss how to best manage the continued shared use of the skate park between skateboarders and scooter riders. Since our last public meeting, use has increased and changed. The purpose of this meeting is to give users a chance to weigh in. Your feedback will help ensure that our skate park policies and rules match use and keep the skate park safe, fun, and accessible to all. For more information, click “events calendar” (on the left), locate the event, and click event for details.

McNears Beach Park Now Part of the Bay Area Water Trail

POSTED ON: January 24, 2014

The California Coastal Conservancy recently selected McNears Beach Park to be part of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail, a regional trail that will eventually link all nine counties. The Water Trail program is an ongoing effort to create a network of launch and landing sites, or “trailheads”, to inspire people in human-powered boats and beachable sail craft to enjoy the historic, scenic, cultural, and environmental richness of the Bay Area. The Water Trail program is administered by the Coastal Conservancy in partnership with the Association of Bay Area Governments, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Signage of McNears Beach Park’s participation as a Water Trail location will be posted soon.

Our 40th Anniversary Video Wins National Award

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Last weekend at the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, the County of Marin took first place (among more than 500 entries) in the promotional video category for local governments serving a population of 140,000 or more. Celebrating 40 Years of Marin County Parks, prepared by Jerry Kay Productions, won the Savvy Award for its compelling story, excellent writing, and beautiful footage. Watch the video on the MarinGChannel

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