Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

McNears Beach Park Master Plan

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

In June 2014, Marin County Parks contracted with the Office of Cheryl Barton for development of a master plan for McNears Beach Park in San Rafael. This beloved 55-acre park is used by thousands of visitors each year for swimming, fishing, and picnicking. For many, it’s just a place to hang out and look at an amazing waterfront view. But, the park is weathered and showing signs of age. Some of this is visible in the buildings or walkways; some is not visible, lying in an aging infrastructure, including decades old water, electrical, telephone, and irrigation lines and storm drains.

Let Us Know What You Think

We are soliciting public input and providing opportunities for visitors to help shape the future of McNears Beach Park. Focus group sessions with park user groups are underway, and a community workshop was hosted on Monday, February 23, at the San Rafael Community Center. If you want to receive project updates by email, please click on "subscribe" link (to your left), enter your email address, and select the "McNears Beach Park Master Plan" from the Marin County Parks subscription list.