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Sonoma County Parks Campaign

Our parks have been suffering for years due to a lack of funds for maintenance and capital improvements. Plans to improve parks and increase public access have also been delayed.

Then the fires hit…

The problems our parks face exist because of years of under-investment, and they’ve gotten worse since the fires:

  • Regional Parks acreage has nearly doubled in the last five years, increasing ranger duties, and the fire damage is only stretching thin the limited staff time
  • Parks, trails and campground maintenance is struggling to keep up with increasing demands for use from the community
  • Without sufficient resources, it’s difficult and slow to create new trails, make planned park improvements and open newly acquired park areas
  • After the fires, there’s more work to do to protect our natural resources – and our communities – and our parks play a critical role in this effort

Regional Parks has been working with the community on a plan to address these challenges. This newly developed countywide plan proposes a 1/8-cent sales tax dedicated just to parks, including the parks inside our cities, which will generate $11.5 million per year for 10 years. At 0.125%, it would add just three cents to the cost of a $25 purchase.

If passed, two-thirds of the funds raised would go to county parks and one-third would go to cities for our neighborhood parks. Our campaign slogan, “Parks for All”, highlights that funds raised through this measure will expand and enhance our parks for every resident in Sonoma County.

This new investment will also enable us to pursue more grants, private funding, and State bonds. We need to pass a local measure this year if we’re going to qualify for matching funds after Prop 68 passed statewide in June.

Our parks need help. These new funds will maintain parks, trails & open spaces, help protect water quality, reduce future wildfire risk, protect wildlife habitats and fisheries, and improve access to serve more visitors, now and for future generations. You can read more about our parks' needs in Sonoma County Regional Parks' Expenditure Plan.

Join the campaign TODAY!

 


Paid for by Friends of Sonoma County Parks - Yes on Measure M, sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Committee major funding from Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. 5241 Old Redwood Hwy. #2, Santa Rosa CA 95403, FPPC# 1387826
FriendsOfSonomaCountyParks@gmail.com
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