FAQ Topic: Parks & Recreation

Can the public provide input on Measure M funded projects?

Yes! Public input is encouraged throughout the process. Residents and park enthusiasts are invited to share their thoughts and suggestions on potential park projects by submitting public comments or attending commission meetings where project proposals are discussed. Subscribe to Parks & Recreation news to be notified via email when projects are being considered.

How are Measure M projects selected for funding?

In 2024, the City of Sonoma is adhering to the 2024 Measure M Project Consideration Process, a five-step procedure rooted in the original recommendations put forth by the Parks and Recreation Task Force. These steps include: Conducting a comprehensive parks assessment by City Staff. Convening the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission (PROS) “Measure M … Continued

How may the funds be spent in the City of Sonoma?

The revenue that is dedicated to the nine cities, including Sonoma, must be used to support local city parks and recreation needs, and may not be used to reduce existing funding for parks and recreation. Funds do not expire and may be used to accrue savings to be invested in park projects in future years. … Continued

What is Measure M?

Measure M, also known as “Parks for All,” is a one-eighth cent sales tax approved by Sonoma County voters in 2018. It aims to support regional and city parks by generating an estimated $11.5 million annually for a period of 10 years.

What is the City of Sonoma’s allocation of revenue?

As one of the smallest cities in Sonoma County, with just over 3% percent of the county-wide population, Sonoma will receive an estimated $118 thousand dollars per year, and a total of $1.19 million dollars over 10 years.

Where can I learn more about hiking in and around Sonoma?

A favorite local hiking location is the Sonoma Overlook and Montini Preserve trails.  The City’s Class I bike paths are multi-use, providing opportunities for pedestrians as well as cyclists.  For more hiking options in Sonoma Valley, visit the “Parks, Open Space, and Historic Sites” listings in the online Community Parks & Recreations Directory.

Where are park facilities located in Sonoma?

Sonoma is proud of its extensive park system, totaling almost 80 total acres, as well as its bike trail network and its two open space preserves encompassing almost 99 acres. Find locations, amenities, maps and more on our Parks, Trails & Trees page. For listings of parks and recreational opportunities throughout Sonoma Valley, visit the … Continued

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