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

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: 65%

Measure A Open Space
  • MxNears 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!

65% of Measure A funds are designated to restore natural resources, maintain county parks and open space preserves, restore and improve public access, and protect natural lands. Since 2013, Measure A has funded $11.5 million in park 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 designed to keep parks and opens spaces sustainable and enjoyable for future generations.

In addition, 20% of parks and open space Measure A funds are designated for natural land preservation over the course of ten years. To date, Measure A has helped fund land acquisitions and easements that include Hill Ranch, Sky Ranch, and Corte Madera Baylands.

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. Since 2014, Measure A has allowed Marin County to award $2.9 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%

Measure A Dog 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

To date, Measure A has funded $5.5 million in grants to cities and towns, supporting parks, open spaces, and recreation programs in 19 local municipalities, towns, and applicable special districts. The Measure A grant allocation process for cities and towns is the result of a collaboration between all 19 governing agencies.

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