Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Draft Final Inclusive Access Plan Now Available

POSTED ON: July 20, 2016

Staff will present the Draft Final Inclusive Access Plan to the Parks and Open Space Commission on July 21, 2016 and request that the Commission make a recommendation to the Marin County Open Space District Board of Directors to adopt the final plan. The draft final plan is now available for viewing or download from the Inclusive Access Plan project webpage – please visit the webpage for additional information and alternate formats.

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 the 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.

Annual Report Now Available

POSTED ON: March 3, 2016

The Marin County Parks Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014-15 is now available. Measure A (otherwise known as the Marin Parks, Open Space, and Farmland Preservation Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance) 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 annual report provides a broad overview of department goals and achievements. It covers budgets and expenditures; important planning, acquisition, maintenance, and improvement projects; staff functions; and describes Measure A expenditures within the context of department work as a whole. The report meets annual reporting requirements.

2015 Annual Report for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Now Available

POSTED ON: February 25, 2016

The Marin County Parks 2015 IPM Annual Report is available on the IPM webpage and will also be circulated at the March 1 Board of Supervisors meeting. Among other topics, the report highlights achievements, partnerships, and a concerted effort to reduce chemical use. Of the 147 parks and County facilities maintained by Marin County Parks (ranging from traffic medians to roads to the Marin County Civic Center), 126 were managed without the use of pesticides. Additionally, volunteers provided nearly 8,000 hours out of 37,000 total hours of labor to physically eradicate invasive vegetation such as French broom, Scotch broom, thistles, fennel, and non-native grasses.

We’re Hiring Lifeguards for McNears Beach Park

UPDATED ON: May 16, 2016

Even though it is still winter, it is not too early to plan for summer and the pool season! Lifeguard positions are currently open at McNears Beach Park pool in San Rafael. The pool is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm for recreational swimming between May and the beginning of September. Lifeguards can expect to work between 2 to 5 days per week. Flexible schedules will be considered. The hourly range is $16.32 to $18.00.

Minimum qualifications include possession of required certificates and courses: Public Safety Personnel First Aid, Lifeguarding, BLS:CPR, and successful completion of an approved course in responding to emergencies. Highly desirable candidates also possess a Water Safety Instructor certificate, have previous lifeguard experience in a pool open to the public for recreational swimming, and have bilingual skills in English/Spanish.

Interested individuals without valid certificates may contact Kevin O'Donoghue at (415) 446-4424. Marin County Parks may provide lifeguard certification training at no cost. Applicants may be subject to a background investigation and fingerprinting. Successful candidates must pass a pre-placement physical examination.

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