Big News at Taylor Mountain


Exciting Funding for Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve!
Will you help us raise a critical $80,000 local match?

We are thrilled to announce that California State Parks has recommended Sonoma County Regional Parks receive a $1.7 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program.  This substantial grant requires a 12% local match. Regional Parks and the Parks Foundation actually committed to a higher percentage, with a total match of $316,000 – including $132,000 in cash plus in-kind goods and services. In addition, the grant and Parks Foundation funds will be leveraged by more than 50 volunteer trail workdays from the Sonoma County Trails Council and other partners.

The Parks Foundation is working to raise $80,000 to meet its matching commitment for this grant. Donate now to join us on this exciting project!


Project Background

Providing a picturesque backdrop to Santa Rosa, Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve offers ample opportunity for public recreation on the urban edge. Currently, 5 miles of trails provide an outstanding playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders alike. Park visitors take in a sweeping view of the Santa Rosa Plain, while disc golf enthusiasts enjoy the 18-hole course. The park lies within minutes of 215,000 residents of Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park.

In addition to providing a hub for outdoor recreation, Taylor Mountain is home to a mosaic of grassland, wetland, riparian, scrub and oak woodland plant communities. The park supports an abundance of wildlife species, and it links the stream corridors, parks and backyards of Santa Rosa to the Sonoma Mountains.

This Taylor Mountain Trails project, the second phase of public access, proposes construction of 8 miles of multi-use trails designed to fully meet accessibility requirements – dramatically increasing the mileage of high quality trails within 20 minutes of over half of the county’s population. Combined with current trails, these new trails will open public access to 75% of the 1,100-acre park. The local match includes some funding from Sonoma County Regional Parks, but more inspiring is the nonprofit Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation providing its largest leverage grant ever: an $80,000 match! This match and the federal grant will be further amplified by more than 50 volunteer trail workdays from the Sonoma County Trails Council and other partners.

Donate now, or for more information:

1. Contact Parks Foundation Executive Director Melissa Kelley at (707) 565-1830 or

2. Read the January 10, 2016 article in The Press Democrat here.

3. Check out our recent full-page ad in the Press Democrat:

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