Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission to Discuss Preferred Concept Plan for Sonoma Valley Oaks Park

Posted on December 8, 2023

An illustration of an overhead view of a park showing proposed enhancements.

The City of Sonoma Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission is set to convene on Wednesday, December 13th, at 6:00 pm to consider the Preferred Concept Plan for Sonoma Valley Oaks Park. The proposal will be presented by Ann Baker of LandCulture LLP, a consulting firm engaged by Public Works to lead a comprehensive community design process.

Public Works initiated the collaborative effort to explore alternatives for enhancing Sonoma Valley Oaks Park, specifically focusing on the addition of toddler play elements and the renovation of existing features within the park. LandCulture LLP, the chosen consultants, conducted a site conditions assessment and developed three alternative concept designs, each showcasing distinct approaches to integrating play features into the park.

As part of the inclusive decision-making process, LandCulture LLP collaborated with City Staff to host a community design review meeting. This meeting allowed residents to engage in discussions and share valuable feedback about the three alternative designs. Recognizing the importance of capturing input from a diverse range of stakeholders, LandCulture LLP and City Staff also conducted an online survey to gather additional feedback from residents who were unable to attend the onsite meeting.

In response to the community’s input, LandCulture LLP has crafted a Preferred Concept Plan (click here to view/download the plan) that reflects the consensus on desired play elements and site improvements. This Preferred Concept Plan will be presented to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission for review at the upcoming meeting. The Commission will have the opportunity to assess the plan further, listen to additional community feedback, and make recommendations for the next steps in the design process.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to voice their opinions and contribute to decision-making. The public is encouraged to submit comments in advance of the meeting online* on our CivicWeb Portal by clicking on the “Public Comment” button at the top of the page or by attending the meeting in person and speaking during the public comment period for the agenda item.

The meeting will be held at City Council Chambers at 177 First St. West and can be viewed on channel 27 or the City’s CivicWeb portal. This is a “hybrid meeting” in that those interested in participating can do so in person or virtually on Zoom. Find out how to participate in virtual meetings here.

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