Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Region Four Road and Trail Designation

POSTED ON: September 6, 2017

After careful evaluation of public comments, the Marin County Open Space District has approved the Region 4 road and trail designation. Region 4 includes Deer Island, Indian Tree, Little Mountain, Mount Burdell, Rush Creek, and Verissimo Hill Preserves. Based on the Road & Trail Management Plan, the map of the approved designation is the foundation for a more sustainable, environmentally sound, and enjoyable trail system that will evolve over time
in Region 4. More information, including the Designation Map and Use Map, is available on the Road & Trail System Designation webpage.

Agate Beach Trail Improvements

POSTED ON: August 29, 2017

Work will begin on the Agate Beach Access and Discovery Trail on August 30, 2017. Construction is expected to take 3 to 4 weeks. The trail will be closed Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. while improvements are taking place. Trail will be open between 5:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. and throughout the weekends. The project includes new path surfacing and box steps to improve access to the beach. Path improvements will improve drainage to help keep creek water clean, protecting run off into Duxbury Reef, an Area of Special Biological Significance. This project is the first of seven Access and Discovery trail improvement projects identified in the Marin County Parks Inclusive Access Plan. The Access and Discovery Trail system is an experience-based network of trails that meet technical design standards for accessible recreational trails.

Bolinas Lagoon Draft Conceptual Design: Public Meeting

POSTED ON: August 29, 2017

The draft Conceptual Design Report for the Bolinas Lagoon North End Project will be discussed at a Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council (BLAC) Special Meeting on September 29, 2017. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Audubon Canyon Ranch, Volunteer Canyon, 4800 Highway 1, Stinson Beach, and is open to the public. At this meeting the BLAC will be asked to provide a recommendation to the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The project’s objectives are to alleviate chronic flooding of Marin County and State roadways and improve traffic safety, improve the function of Lewis and Wilkins Creek, enhance riparian and wetland habitats, and allow for future expansion of Bolinas Lagoon as sea level rises.

2017 IPM Award Nominations

POSTED ON: August 4, 2017

Nominations are now being taken for the Marin County IPM Achievement Award. The Marin County Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Commission recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate innovation, knowledge, skill, leadership, inspiration, and courage in pursuing new systems of pest management that result in reduction in pesticide use within Marin County. Up to two individuals or organizations per year receive the award. The deadline to submit a nomination for this year's award is September 1, 2017.

Hunt Camp Trail Proposal Approved

POSTED ON: June 7, 2017

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) has accepted the proposal to improve the Hunt Camp Trail in Gary Giacomini Preserve, and incorporate it into the MCOSD trail system as a hiker/biker trail. The proposal includes two reroutes on Upper Hunt Camp and the installation of wet crossings and drainage improvements. The project description was circulated for a 30-day administrative comment period from April 13 to May 15, 2017. A total of 134 public comments were received, with the majority favoring the proposed change. The project will now be evaluated pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Check Out a Library Parks Pass

POSTED ON: April 6, 2017

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.

Draft 2017 Road and Trail Work Plan Announced

POSTED ON: February 14, 2017

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) has released its draft 2017 Road and Trail Work Plan. The project list identifies proposed road and trail work for late spring and fall 2017. MCOSD welcomes public input on proposed projects.

FY 2015-16 Annual Report Now Available

POSTED ON: February 14, 2017

Marin County Parks Annual Report provides an overview of the department’s goals and achievements in fiscal year 2015-16. It highlights key projects accomplished during the fiscal year and summarizes Parks’ annual budget, detailing Measure A expenditures. Measure A provides resources to support Marin County parks and open spaces, regional community park projects, and farmland preservation in Marin. Measure A’s one-quarter cent retail transaction and use tax was passed by voters in November 2012. You can also read the annual report in Spanish.

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