Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

McNears Beach Park Master Plan

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UPDATED ON: FEBRUARY 6, 2017

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration: 30-Day Public Comment Period

The public is invited to comment on an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact for the McNears Beach Park Master Plan. The 30-day public comment period begins February 6, 2017 and closes March 7, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. The study was prepared by Marin County Parks, as required by Marin County Environmental Review Guidelines and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Notice of Availability
This document outlines topics covered in the Initial Study, and the process for submitting public comments.

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
This document complies with Marin County Environmental Review Guidelines and requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The public is invited to submit comments on this document through March 7, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Appendices
This document includes an Inventory & Constraints Assessment, a California Red-Legged Frog Survey, and a request for Tribal Consultation from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

What is a Master Plan?

Made possible because of Measure A funding, a new master plan for McNears Beach Park is underway. A park master plan is a comprehensive, long-term planning document that guides the future direction of park facilities, improvements, and programs. Public participation in this project is important to us, and will help our landscape architects and other staff detail and shape the kinds of facilities and recreational opportunities the community wants and needs now, and to forecast future trends.

McNears Beach Park Master Plan

Marin County Parks has prepared a comprehensive Master Plan to guide long-term design and planning for McNears Beach Park. The McNears Beach Park Master Plan will help guide the future direction of the park’s facilities, improvements, and programs. The Office of Cheryl Barton, a nationally recognized leader in sustainable landscape architecture and green design, worked on the plan for two years, incorporating feedback from focus group sessions, a public workshop, and a free day at the park where visitors were invited to offer input. The new master plan includes a shoreline promenade, a large zero entry swimming pool, splash pads, beach access, a children’s nature play area, kayak launch, upgraded picnic areas, dining and conference facilities, and a special event venue for weddings and celebrations.

About McNears Beach Park

55-acre McNears Beach Park sits in a sheltered cove on the shores of San Pablo Bay in San Rafael. The park is a popular destination for thousands of visitors each year who enjoy beautiful Bay views, swimming, fishing, picnicking, pier fishing, kayaking, and group events. It was originally developed for private use in the 1950’s, and acquired by the County of Marin for public use in 1970. The aging infrastructure–park buildings and water, electrical, irrigation and storm drain systems–are over 50 years old and in need of renovation.