Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Hunt Camp Trail Proposal Approved

POSTED ON: June 7, 2017

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) has accepted the proposal to improve the Hunt Camp Trail in Gary Giacomini Preserve, and incorporate it into the MCOSD trail system as a hiker/biker trail. The proposal includes two reroutes on Upper Hunt Camp and the installation of wet crossings and drainage improvements. The project description was circulated for a 30-day administrative comment period from April 13 to May 15, 2017. A total of 134 public comments were received, with the majority favoring the proposed change. The project will now be evaluated pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Environmental Champions Honored For Pesticide Reduction

POSTED ON: April 25, 2017

Two Marin County environmental champions are being bestowed a rare honor by Marin County Board of Supervisors and the Integrated Pest Management Commission because of their dedication to responsible pest management within the County. The late Ann Spake, a longtime member of the local Sierra Club chapter and a former Marin County Health Commissioner, and Pablo Rosales, the maintenance supervisor at the McInnis Park Golf Center in San Rafael, will be honored with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Achievement Awards during the April 28 meeting of the IPM Commission.

Help Control Invasive Weeds

POSTED ON: April 18, 2017

The California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC), in alliance with Marin County Parks and other organizations, is hosting Weed Management for Volunteers on June 17 at the Mill Valley Community Center. Participants will learn about the biology of invasive weeds, the danger they pose to local ecosystems, management approaches, success stories, and the new Califlora iPhone phone app that allows everyone to help monitor invasives. Additional free trainings will take place in Oakland, Portola Valley, and San Jose. Space is limited; register in advance.

McInnis Marsh Project Advances

POSTED ON: April 10, 2017

Marin County Parks has been awarded a $550,000 state grant to support restoration of 180 diked wetland acres within the boundaries of McInnis Park. The proposed project will improve habitat for sensitive birds and other animals, while helping protect park facilities, such as McInnis Golf Course, from sea level rise. Marin County Parks has partnered with the Las Gallinas Sanitary District and the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District on the project. Get project details here.

Check Out a Library Parks Pass

POSTED ON: April 6, 2017

If you have a Marin County library card, you can check out a Marin County parks pass. The parks pass covers free entry and parking for McNears Beach Park, Paradise Beach Park, Stafford Lake Park, Black Point Boat Launch, and Miller Point Boat Launch. It can be checked out for one week at a time.

Parks passes are available at all ten Marin County free libraries: Civic Center, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Marin City, Novato, Point Reyes, South Novato, and Stinson Beach. The library’s traveling Bookmobile also offers the passes.

For more information about checking out a parks pass, call or visit your nearest Marin County Free Library.

Draft 2017 Road and Trail Work Plan Announced

POSTED ON: February 14, 2017

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) has released its draft 2017 Road and Trail Work Plan. The project list identifies proposed road and trail work for late spring and fall 2017. MCOSD welcomes public input on proposed projects.

FY 2015-16 Annual Report Now Available

POSTED ON: February 14, 2017

Marin County Parks Annual Report provides an overview of the department’s goals and achievements in fiscal year 2015-16. It highlights key projects accomplished during the fiscal year and summarizes Parks’ annual budget, detailing Measure A expenditures. Measure A provides resources to support Marin County parks and open spaces, regional community park projects, and farmland preservation in Marin. Measure A’s one-quarter cent retail transaction and use tax was passed by voters in November 2012. You can also read the annual report in Spanish.

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