Natural Play Area at Taylor Mountain Regional Park


Something new, important, environmentally friendly and educational is coming to Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. Taylor Mountain already benefits the community with five miles of multi-use trails and a disc golf course. Sonoma County Regional Parks is in the planning stage of developing a unique Natural Play Area, which will feature natural and environmentally friendly materials, landforms and vegetation to create a fun and educational play space for children of all ages.


The Natural Play Area addresses the health inequalities identified by A Portrait of Sonoma County (Sonoma County Department of Health Services, 2014) by providing a captivating play space that will draw children to Taylor Mountain Regional Park, inducing them to play and improve their fitness while fostering a connection to the natural world. . Studies have shown that interaction with the natural landscape is critical to the mental and physical health of children. Constructed of natural components such as plants, logs, water, sand, mud, boulders, hills and trees, Natural Play Areas are outdoor spaces designed to entice youth to experience nature.

The Parks Foundation has secured $80,000 for this project from the Finley Foundation, PG&E, Wine Country Weekend, Bread for the Journey and generous individuals like you. We continue to fundraise with a goal of $330,000 for this project. 

Breaking News! A generous donor has just offered a $10,000 challenge grant for the Natural Play Area.
Your contribution today will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

Thank you for your support! 

Note: The images on this page are of similar installations across the country and represent ideas for features of the Taylor Mountain Natural Play Area. Final selection of components is in process. See detailed conceptual plan here. For details or to discuss this project please call Melissa Kelley, executive director, at (707) 565-3190 or email here. Thank you!