The McNear peninsula in the Petaluma River located downtown is in the process of becoming a beautiful art park. As the gateway to Sonoma County it will be what you first see when you enter the county on HWY 101 from the south. For residents and visitors to Petaluma it will offer a great addition to our public open space for recreation and river access. PCI is involved in the design and planning for the project and about to start phase 1 which includes initial public access and shoreline restoration. The park will ultimately be home to many large sculptures and other art installations.
The Kelly Creek project is moving forward with preparation of the Final EIR. PCI is working with Earth Island Institute and Sonoma County Regional Parks to design a project that includes restoration of the iconic red barns, new trails that connect into the 256-acre Helen Putnam Regional Park, parking lot with restrooms, children’s play area with native butterfly garden, creek restoration and pasture improvements. We are excited to continue design development and planning for the park.
PCI is thrilled to be working with the Redwood Coast Land Conservancy to develop a Conservation Plan for the 113-acre Mill Bend Preserve. This newly-acquired preserve lies at the mouth of the Gualala River, at the border of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, and offers spectacular views of the estuary. It is adjacent to the town of Gualala to the north, and Gualala Point Regional Park to the south. PCI’s work includes assessment of the site’s rich resources, identifying restoration opportunities, and planning public access that protects sensitive habitats.
As recently covered in the Press Democrat, the nonprofit Kelly Creek Protection Project recently announced that it has succeeded in securing $4.1 million to purchase 44 acres adjacent to the popular Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma. The land had been proposed for housing by property owner Davidon Homes, but now may be added to the park instead. Davidon Homes will retain 14 adjacent acres, where it plans to build 28 homes. PCI’s Maggie Jensen has been the lead designer on the proposed park expansion project.
Kelly Creek runs through the property. A proposed new multi-use path would run along it and connect with the existing park’s six miles of trails. Other proposed park enhancements include rehabilitating the three red barns into an interpretive center, an amphitheater, livestock demonstration areas and a children’s playground.
Learn more about the Kelly Creek Park effort here.