News and Announcements

Read more about the activities of Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation below.

October 2018 Newsletter: Read about Water Bark

September 2018 Newsletter: Read about Measure M

August 2018 Newsletter:  Read about the Water Safety Patrol

July 2018 Newsletter: Read about Helen Putnam Regional Park

June 2018 Newsletter: Parks fire recovery update.

May 2018 Newsletter: Read about Funky Fridays, the #SonomaStrong Ragnar Tahoe team and more.

April 2018 Newsletter: Read about the B.R. Cohn Harvest Music Festival, fire recovery hikes and more.

Generous Donor Funds New Restrooms at Doran Beach

new-restrooms-planned-for-doran-campgroundWe are thrilled to announce that the Parks Foundation has received a grant from Ginnie and Peter Haas, Jr. to construct a much needed restroom to serve the Gull and Shell Campgrounds at Doran Beach. The Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund will award the Parks Foundation $170,000 over the next two years for this project. In addition, the Fund granted the Parks Foundation $25,000 towards construction of a new trail connecting the Doran Beach campgrounds to Smith Brothers Road.

Currently, the 40-45 campsites at Gull and Shell Campgrounds are served by just four composting toilets. The Haas family’s generous gift will allow Regional Parks to construct a new, more attractive facility featuring flush toilets. The building will be in full compliance with current accessibility standards.

The planned trail from the Doran Beach campgrounds to Smith Brothers Road will enable Doran visitors to walk or bike from the popular park to restaurants and shops, providing a much safer alternative than walking or biking along Highway 1. An additional benefit will be that having a convenient bike and pedestrian trail will encourage more people to choose transit options other than driving, reducing traffic congestion in the area.

Engineering, design and permits for the new trail are expected to cost approximately $100,000. The Parks Foundation is seeking additional funding to reach this $100,000 goal and initiate the design and engineering portion of the trail.

We are grateful to Ginnie and Peter Haas, Jr. for their generous contributions to these two Doran Beach projects.



Pediatrician and Parks Foundation board member Ari Hauptman, M.D. (center) with James Pyskaty, M.D. and his wife. Crystal Cox. Dr. Pyskaty and Crystal made a generous year-end donation to the Foundation in Ari’s honor.

Kaiser Permanente Physicians and Staff
Award Ari Hauptman, M.D. Volunteer of the Year

Board Member and pediatrician Dr. Ari Hauptman was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year by his colleagues at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center. The award recognizes Ari’s extraordinary advocacy and passion for local parks, as well as his commitment to promoting exercise and time outdoors.  He is a dedicated and active contributor to the Parks Foundation board. Congratulations, Ari! 


Wildlife camera project: Sonoma County Regional Parks recently installed new wildlife cameras to better understand how wildlife travel within our parks. We are thrilled with the images and information these cameras are providing. The cameras were purchased and installed with funds from a 2016 Parks Foundation grant. Have a look:


The Petaluma Argus Courier published an article on the Putnam Challenge Grant (6/25/2016). Read it here.

Parks Foundation Board Chair Carol Eber wrote about needed improvements at Putnam Park in her Argus Courier Go Play Outside column. Read it here.

Foundation Purchases Zoom Flume for Regional Parks

ABOVE: The Parks Foundation is delighted to have assisted Regional Parks with the purchase of these Zoom Flume slides. These portable, inflatable water slides made their debut at the Healdsburg Water Carnival on August 13. Activities like the Zoom Flume and WiBit water park at Spring Lake swimming lagoon help Regional Parks create additional independent revenue streams. We are grateful to Foundation donors for helping make this possible!

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The Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation of Santa Rosa has fully funded this summer’s Vamos a Nadar swim lessons program, with a grant of $13,530. This is the second year the Finley Foundation has supported this program, and we’re grateful for this continued support. Thank you to Regional Parks Aquatics Director David Robinson for his assistance with this grant application and for his oversight of this important program.

Petaluma360 featured Parks Foundation Board Member Suzanne Tucker in recent article.

Sonoma Family Life magazine promoted Funky Fridays: read the article here.

Sonoma County Gazette wrote about Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve anticipated trails project: read the article here.