Family-Friendly StoryWalk Debuts at Bothin Marsh

Updated: September 18, 2019

Through the end of 2019, visitors can combine a reading adventure with a fun family walk along Bothin Marsh. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a series of reading panels featuring A Stone Sat Still, a new book by award-winning author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel. “The Bothin Marsh StoryWalk encourages wonder and imagination,” said hydroecologist Veronica Pearson, who coordinated the project for Marin County Parks. “It deepens appreciation for this incredibly dynamic wetland habitat and how it is changing over time." One Tam partners, Marin County Parks and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, collaborated on the StoryWalk with local libraries and Chronicle Books.

E-Bike Proposal Heads to Supervisors

Updated: September 12, 2019

The Board of Supervisors is reviewing a proposal to allow electric-assisted bicycles on paved, multiuse pathways such as the Mill Valley/Sausalito Path, the Corte Madera Creek Path, and the Pacheco Path. This change would not affect rules that prohibit e-bikes on Marin County Open Space District land.

Breathe/Respira Community Grants

Updated: July 10, 2019

For the past five years, a grant program offered by Marin County Parks has helped underserved local residents have better access to parks and open space preserves, leading to better overall health and relationships throughout the community. A new round of grants worth a combined $190,000 was approved by the Marin County Board of Supervisors during its July 9, 2019 meeting. This community grants program is funded by Measure A.

Parks Fees Reduced

Updated: June 11, 2019

On June 11, 2019 the Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to amend Parks’ fee schedule. Summer weekend and holiday passenger vehicle parking fees at McNears Beach Park, Stafford Lake Park, and Paradise Beach Park were reduced to $5. Parking was previously $10. The reduced entry fees take effect July 1, 2019. Beginning in August, entry to McNears Beach swimming pool will be free. The pool fee was previously $5. The fee reductions, supported by Measure A funds, were put in place after a community survey indicated that park fees were a barrier to entry for some residents.

Measure A Farmland Preservation

Updated: June 4, 2019

758-acre Ielmorini Back Ranch in the hills between Nicasio and Novato has been preserved, thanks to a Measure A Farmland Preservation grant and matching funds from the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). Over the past five years, Marin County Parks has awarded 12 grants to help purchase agricultural conservation easements for over 7,000 acres of working farms and ranches. This latest easement adds to a large block of protected ranches that are classified as essential to regional conservation goals by the Bay Area Open Space Council's Conservation Lands Network.

Community Survey Results

Updated: May 7, 2019

Marin County residents have noticed recent improvements in Marin County Parks properties and facilities and want to see the work continue, according to results from an online survey. More than 4,800 people contributed feedback through the survey. "We are taking immediate steps to put the feedback we received to good use in budget planning and next steps for the department,” said Parks Director Max Korten. “The survey results will guide how we apply Measure A funds and other resources.”

New Proposal to Reduce Wildfire Threat

Updated: March 26, 2019

In response to lessons learned from North Bay wildfires, Marin County is pursuing a variety of efforts to prepare for wildfire, including an enhanced partnership between Marin County Parks and Marin County Fire.

Parks Community Survey

Updated: February 11, 2019

Marin County Parks launched an online community survey to get feedback from local residents about the programs they enjoy, potential areas of improvement, and new priorities. The survey opened February 11, 2019 and takes only about 5 minutes to complete. The survey will be available until March 25, 2019. Results will then be summarized in a report shared with the community and the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

Call For Measure A Community Grants

Updated: January 17, 2019

Community grants administered by Marin County Parks will support local organizations that help underserved, at-risk, or vulnerable Marin residents enjoy county parks and open spaces. Local organizations are invited to apply for the grants, totaling $135,000, through February 25, 2019. Breathe/Respira grants are funded by Measure A, which was passed by Marin voters in 2012. Director Max Korten stated, "“Our community grant program is one of many steps we’re taking to ensure all Marin residents enjoy and benefit from the public lands that surround them.”

Eagle Rim Trail Project Approved

Updated: December 11, 2018

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) has approved the Eagle Rim Trail project and will begin implementation in early 2019. The project will improve existing Eagle Rim Trail in Mount Burdell Preserve through proposed realignments, constructing a lower bowl reroute, installing drainage features, decommissioning specific trails, and installing fencing and signage as needed. The improved trail will be incorporated into the MCOSD trail system as a trail designated for use by hikers and cyclists. Improvements will ensure the trail is properly drained, minimize future maintenance, improve sustainability, and enhance visitor safety. Learn more about the Eagle Rim Trail project.

Eco-Counter Visitor Use Data

Updated: November 1, 2018

Visitor use data is now available for ten Marin County open space roads and trails over the course of this year:

  • Blue Ridge Fire Road, Cascade Canyon Preserve
  • Boulder Springs Trail, Gary Giacomini Preserve
  • Fairway Trail, Camino Alto Preserve
  • Haute Lagunitas Trail, Gary Giacomini Preserve
  • Hunt Camp Trail, Gary Giacomini Preserve
  • Octopus Trail, Camino Alto Preserve
  • Piedmont Trail, Baltimore Canyon Preserve
  • Porcupine Trail, White Hill Preserve
  • Warner Canyon Trail, Blithedale Summit Preserve
  • Willis Evans Trail, Gary Giacomini Preserve