Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Stafford Lake Park Master Plan

Stafford Lake Park has remained mostly unchanged since the 1970s. The recent additions of Stafford Lake Bike Park and a new adventure playground highlight the park's potential. The Stafford Lake Park Master Plan presents a new, community-driven vision for the future of the park.

Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration


Marin County Parks has completed a Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the draft Stafford Lake Park Master Plan pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is seeking public comments on the environmental effects of the project. The public comment period for the IS/MND for the draft Stafford Lake Park Master Plan closed at 4:30 pm on November 13, 2018.

The proposed Master Plan for Stafford Lake Park is a comprehensive long-term planning document guiding the future development of park facilities, improvements and programs. The Master Plan provides recommendations for general infrastructure, and circulation improvements to singular design elements. Overall, the Master Plan aims to protect natural, cultural, and recreational amenities that currently exist within the park while proposing new complementary features and programs. Specific improvements would be constructed incrementally over the life span of the Master Plan.

A draft Initial Study was circulated for the Master Plan in 2016. Since that time, the Master Plan has been amended to include a strider and tot lot, additional options for the swimming lagoon area, and additional details on project components such as the multiuse paths and single track trails. Funding for this project will come from Measure A.

The Stafford Lake draft IS/MND evaluates the environmental effects of the proposed project. This document is available for neighbors, concerned citizens, or interested members of the public to review. The report describes the project and its setting and evaluates it for potential impacts on environmental resources, including biology, air and water quality, cultural resources, and other resource areas. The report describes potentially significant impacts and identifies mitigation measures to address these impacts. With these mitigation measures, the project would not result in significant impacts on the environment.


Project Background

In 2014 Marin County Parks contracted with RHAA, renowned landscape architects and planners in Mill Valley, to develop a new Master Pan for Stafford Lake Park in Novato. Public participation has been an integral part of developing the Master Plan, helping landscape architects and Parks staff shape the future vision for facilities and recreational opportunities at the park. Marin County Parks hosted community workshops regarding the proposed master plan on Oct 15, 2014 and July 8, 2015.

139-acre Stafford Lake Park includes the largest upland area in all of Marin County's parks and is also unique in its rural setting. The park currently offers fishing, group picnicking, large events for up to 5,000 people, hiking, disc golf, a bike park, and more. in 2016 a new kids adventure playground opened at the park.