Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Free Entrance to Marin County Parks in December

POSTED ON: November 23, 2015

We're making it easy to #OptOutside this holiday season with free entry to Marin County Regional Parks from December 1 through January 1! In those county parks where entry and/or parking fees are charged (McNears Beach in San Rafael, Paradise Beach in Tiburon, and Stafford Lake in Novato), Marin County Parks will waive those fees during the holidays.

Bridge Railings on Four Bridges on Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Pathway to Be Renovated

POSTED ON: November 19, 2015

To enhance safety and visitor experience, a Measure A-funded bridge railing improvement project for four bridges on the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Pathway will begin on November 23, 2015. The segment to be affected is in Mill Valley, from Coyote Creek to Sycamore Avenue with locations at Coyote Creek, Bothin Marsh, Corte Madera del Presidio, and Ryan Creek. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contractors will work on one side of each bridge at a time. Pathway users and access will be affected, and cyclists must dismount and walk their bikes in construction zones. The anticipated completion date for the bridge railing improvement project is February 1, 2016.

Draft Inclusive Access Plan Now Available

POSTED ON: November 17, 2015

The Draft Inclusive Access Plan for Marin County's open space preserves is available for public review. Staff will present the draft plan at the Parks and Open Space Commission meeting beginning at 3:00 pm on November 19, Room 328 at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael. Public comments on the draft plan should be sent to Craig Richardson by email or calling (415) 473-7057. Comments must be received no later than December 3, 2015.

New Road and Trail Information for Region 1 and Region 2 Now Available Online

POSTED ON: November 16, 2015

Region 1 Proposals: Following a Region 1 Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) implementation workshop in March, the public had an opportunity to submit proposals for road and trail projects in Baltimore Canyon, King Mountain, Blithedale Summit, Camino Alto, Alto Bowl, and Horse Hill Preserves. An initial list of Region 1 proposed projects and the Region 2 maps have now been posted to the road and trail projects page.

Region 2 Maps: Additionally, at a Region 2 RTMP implementation workshop in October, the public had an opportunity to view and comment on the proposed road and trail system maps for French Ranch, Maurice Thorner Memorial, Roy’s Redwoods, Gary Giacomini, Loma Alta, White Hill, and Cascade Canyon open space preserves. The Region 2 maps are now available on the road and trail projects page. Formal road and trail project proposals may be submitted at any time.

Almenar Median Planting Project

POSTED ON: November 9, 2015

The Almenar Median Planting project construction is planned to start November 16, 2015 and run through January, 2016. No work will occur on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day. Following construction, there is a 6-month maintenance period for the project.

The project scope occurs within the two long medians along Almenar Drive, west of Los Cerros Drive in Greenbrae. The work includes irrigation infrastructure, limited planting, limited pruning, and limited mulching. One of the main goals is to plant within exposed areas to increase privacy.

There will be minor impact to traffic related to the project resulting from a truck parked on Almenar Drive for staging. The location of the parked truck will change from day to day. At all times an 8-foot wide traffic lane will be maintained; street parking may be impacted on a limited basis. The contractor will maintain signs and barricades. Marin County Parks will post project signs near the intersections of Los Cerros Drive and Almenar Drive and Nadina Way and Almenar Drive.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Marin County Parks at (415) 473-6822.

Marin County Parks Seeks Proposals to Rename the Gunshot Fire Road

POSTED ON: October 15, 2015

At the request of community members, Marin County Parks will consider renaming the Gunshot Fire Road in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve. There is a public process to change place names in lands owned and managed by Marin County Parks and the Marin County Open Space District. The process is contained in our Place Naming Policies. Ultimately, the Board of Directors of the Marin County Open Space District approves all place names in county open space preserves.

Name change proposals must be accompanied by a nomination of at least 500 words, and no less than three letters of support. Any name may be proposed in a nomination. Nominations need not be limited to renaming the road after a person, as long as the nomination and letters of support provide justification for the proposed renaming. Refer to policy PN1 for naming alternatives.

Please send nominations and letters of support to Carl Somers, Chief of Planning and Acquisition, at or Marin County Parks, c/o Carl Somers, 3501 Civic center Drive, Suite 260, San Rafael, CA 94903. Nominations must be accompanied by the letters of support, and must be received by the close of business on December 1, 2015. Nominations not accompanied by three letters of support will not be considered. Letters of support not accompanied by a nomination will not be considered. Individuals submitting complete nominations (a nomination of at least 500 words and at least three letters of support) will be notified of the date, time, and location at which proposed names will be considered by the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission and, at a later date, by the Board of Directors of the Marin County Open Space District.

Construction Project at Castro Park in Santa Venetia

POSTED ON: October 13, 2015

The Castro Park Playground in the Santa Venetia neighborhood of San Rafael is getting a much needed facelift thanks to County Service Area #18 (Las Gallinas). Construction is scheduled to begin on Oct. 19 and run through mid-November. The park will remain open during construction, but access may be limited at times. We also invite the local community to help out on Saturday, November 7 during a Community Build Day.

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