Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

McNears Beach Park Master Plan

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration


This study was prepared by Marin County Parks, as required by Marin County Environmental Review Guidelines and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The 30-day public comment closed March 7, 2017.

Creating the Master Plan

Thanks to Measure A funding, Marin County Parks has prepared a comprehensive Master Plan to guide long-term design and planning for McNears Beach Park. 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. A park master plan is a comprehensive, long-term planning document that guides the direction of park facilities, improvements, and programs. Public participation helps shape the plan and resulting projects. 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 offered input. 

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, buildings, and water, electrical, irrigation and storm drain systems are over 50 years old and in need of renovation.