Downtown Park FAQs

(If you have more questions, please call Lucy Barnett Hardcastle at 707-887-8722.)

Why didn’t the Parks Department purchase that land for the trailhead for the West County Trail?

It has resources available for the completion of the Trail and the development of a trailhead but not for the outright purchased of the property. It has pledged $300,000 for the trail completion and $75,000 for its maintenance.

What’s in it for me?

Pride in knowing you helped create a lasting legacy for the town for those to come (your children and grandchildren perhaps?). There will be a sign erected with your name as a founder for certain levels of donations (see the Financial page.)

What about the liability of a community park?

Because the land will be dedicated to public/recreational use, there is very little liability exposure to the nonprofit owner (FPA).

Who will maintain the land?

There would be no immediate need for maintenance different than what the County Parks will provide with the trailhead aside from volunteer efforts to remove the blackberry bushes. Volunteer efforts to improve and maintain the property are valued into the matching grant and count towards its purchase.

At this juncture, high weed mowing and trash removal seem to be the primary maintenance tasks. Improvements such as grading or adding gravel to the parking lot come under the in-kind donations, which are being counted towards the matching grant over 5 years.

Is there money and/or labor for maintenance of the land?

Besides money set aside for maintenance, the FPA also has these very generous contributions:

  • $50,000 in-kind contribution by Corks and Russian River Vineyards: “monthly gardening and landscaping services by the garden and vineyard crews for 5 years — planting, weeding, mulching, and general grounds maintenance.”
  • $50,000 in-kind contribution by Fine Tree Care over 5 years for tree health and maintenance.
  • $30,000 in-kind contribution by Sonoma County Gazette for Graton Labor Day Center maintenance work on property for 5 years.
  • Several smaller in-kind contributions by individuals towards ongoing maintenance work.
Is there money and/or in-kind donations for design and plans for the land?

The FPA has the following in-kind and cash contributions:

  • Sonoma County Parks and Recreation Department will design, create and maintain the continuation of the West County Trail through the property.
  • Sonoma County Parks and Recreation Department will build and maintain a parking area for the Trail.
  • In-kind contributions have been received for picnic tables and benches.
  • $1000 donated toward creation of a community garden.
  • $10,000 in-kind donation by the Bodean Company — gravel for upgrading current parking area.
  • In-kind contributions for architectural and design services by Ken Smith ($5000) and Jeff Blechel ($10,000).
  • The FPA also has $80,000 in cash pledges over the next 5 years to help develop and maintain the property.
How will the park design and plan process work?

The Open Space District requires that the FPA create a plan within 6 months of acquiring the property. This will be done through Town Meetings and other forms of community input.

FPA also already has the design for the Town Square (planned by Orrin Thiessen with advice by the FPA Downtown Planning Committee) which holds many elements endorsed by Town Meetings (e.g. trails, benches, tables, raised platform/gazebo for music, etc.).

The Open Space District will allow us to build 3000 sq. ft. of structures on the land. Such structures can be used for commercial purposes related to the recreational purpose of the open space, e.g. bike shop, smoothie/coffee/sandwich concession.

FPA has several thousand dollars of in-kind donations for construction and painting work.

Why are you asking individuals and businesses to support this idea?

Forging a partnership with Open Space and the bank by having committed Forestville and West County support is the only viable way to move this project forward. Both cash and in-kind donations are needed.

Where should I send my check, make a pledge or offer my services?

You can donate here: Park Donate Form.

How do I find out more?

You can call Lucy Barnett Hardcastle at 707-887-8722 to schedule a meeting. We would be happy to meet with you to answer other questions you may have, or to provide more detail.

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