Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Measure A protects the parks, opens spaces, and farmland that make Marin an extraordinary place to live, work, and play. By law, Measure A's quarter-cent sales tax supports projects and programs that benefit parks, open space, and agricultural lands across Marin.

Financial Accountability
FY 16-17 Annual Report FY 2016-17
Annual Report (English)
Annual Report (Spanish)
Badawi Audit Report

Each year, Measure A revenue and expenditures undergo two compliance audits, to ensure funds are managed in accordance with Marin County Ordinance No. 3586. Badawi and Associates have audited Measure A expenditures since FY 2013-14. The Marin County Department of Finance audits organizations other than Marin County Parks that receive Measure A funding.

Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the seven-member Measure A Oversight Committee reviews Measure A expenditures, assists with compliance audits, and approves an annual report. Get details about the Measure A Oversight Committee, including upcoming public meetings.

Funded by Measure A

County Parks and Open Space: 52%

Measure A Open Space
  • McNears Beach Pier Repairs
  • Paradise Beach Pier Repairs
  • Mill Valley/Sausalito Pathway Improvements
  • Stafford Lake Adventure Playground
  • Roy's Redwoods Bridges
  • Old Railroad Grade Bridge
  • Horse Hill Trail Realignment
  • Loop Trail Improvements
  • Octopus Junction Restoration
  • Marin Wildlife Picture Index
  • Bolinas Lagoon Ecosystem Restoration
  • McInnis Marsh Restoration
  • and much more!

As of FY 16-17, Parks has invested $19.6 million in Measure A funds for parks and open space infrastructure repairs, vegetation management, conservation, and public programs. Measure A has supported the development of park master plans, the inclusive access plan, and other initiatives that will keep parks and open spaces enjoyable and sustainable.


Farmland Preservation: 20%

Measure A Farmland Preservation

20% of Measure A funds are dedicated to saving family farms and ranches through the purchase of agricultural conservation easements in voluntary transactions with Marin landowners. As of FY 16-17, Measure A has allowed Marin County to award $4.9 million in grants for farmland preservation, in coordination with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). Get more details about the Farmland Preservation Program, including the application process.

Cities and Towns: 15%

Novato Park
  • San Rafael
  • Novato
  • Mill Valley
  • San Anselmo
  • Larkspur
  • Corte Madera
  • Tiburon
  • Fairfax
  • Sausalito
  • Ross
  • Belvedere
  • Firehouse Community Park Agency
  • Tomales CSD
  • Marinwood CSD
  • Tamalpais CSD
  • Muir Beach CSD
  • Strawberry Recreation District
  • Bel Marin Keyes CSD
  • Marin City CSD

Measure A grants totaling $7.3 million have been awarded to support parks, open spaces, and recreation programs in 19 municipalities, towns, and districts. The Measure A grant allocation process for cities and towns is the result of a collaboration between all 19 governing agencies.

Land Acquisition: 13%

Sky Ranch
  • Corte Madera Baylands (with Marin Audubon Society)
  • Sky Ranch

As of FY 2016–17, $605,000 in Measure A funds have been put toward land acquisitions and easements.

Measure A also funds $100,000 annually in local community grants, extending opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy parks, preserves, and programs. Grant recipients incllude Lifehouse, servicing people with developmental disabilties, San Rafael City Schools after school STEM education, Trips for Kids, Marin Conservation League, and much more. Read the Grant Program Overview for complete information about grant recipients, and the grant application and selection process.

Measure A Video

Related Links

Marin County Ordinance No. 3586
Road and Trail Management Plan
Vegetation Management Plan
Inclusive Access Plan
McNears Beach Park Master Plan
Paradise Beach Park Master Plan
Parks and Open Space Commission 3-Year Program Update
Parks and Open Space Commission ParksRx Update

Finance Documents Archive

FY 2013-2014 Annual Report
FY 2013-2014 Badawi Audit Report
FY 2013-2014 Subrecipient Audit Report