The Future of Sonoma County State Parks

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The Ruins of Jack London's Wolfhouse - Kirsten's Sonoma Real Estate Blog

The Future of Sonoma County's State Parks is the subject of a hearing being held today at Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa.  Numerous stakeholders, both public and private agencies and organization, will be participating in panel discussions on various ideas aimed at preventing the California state budget-deficit-related closure of some of the county's most popular parks, including Jack London State Historic Park, and the famous Wolf House ruins pictures above, in Glen Ellen.   It's an open meeting and the public is invited to attend.

Agenda for Hearing on State Parks - Kirsten's Sonoma Real Estate Blog

Hearing on State Parks - Kirsten's Sonoma Real Estate Blog

The state park closures are scheduled to begin after Labor Day of this year.  The map below shows the location of the meeting.


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Comments (6)

William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Kristine, Who would have ever dreamed it would come down to this. The real answer is cut a few of the public service jobs and keep the parks Open! IMHO, that is. :-)

Jun 10, 2011 11:01 AM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Unfortunately, this scenario is playing out more and more across the country. Residents have to fight hard to keep public facilities from being closed.

Good luck.


Jun 10, 2011 11:39 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kristen, the ruins are just beautiful.  Bet someone had some great parites there once upon a time.  Hope they come up with ways to keep it open - I mean it's not like they have to do a rehab or anything.

Jun 11, 2011 03:24 AM
Kirsten Lindquist
Pacific Union International - Sonoma, CA
Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country

Bill:  I'm not sure what the answer is...but I believe that closing the parks is penny wise and pound foolish.  The impact on communties, tourism, wildlife and natural resources will be huge...far outweighing the 22 million in "savings."

Rich:  I went to the hearing.  It was well attended...lots of top level folks representing many stakeholders.  We definitely have a battle ahead.

Pat:  In fact, we used to play in those ruins as little kids...before the fence was put up around it to protect it and visitors.  You're funny!  No doesn't need a rehab...but park maintenance costs are an issue.

Jun 11, 2011 04:12 AM
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Kirsten, I hate to see parks get closed. Good luck with your battle.

Jun 11, 2011 04:53 PM
Kirsten Lindquist
Pacific Union International - Sonoma, CA
Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country

Rich---it's going to be a challenge to keep them open.  The governor has said the cut in parks funding is a must.   We are hearing that the only way to keep them open will be through a public-private effort.  Lots of people here are gearing up to find solutions.

Jun 11, 2011 05:05 PM