Office of Community Engagement

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Kawana Springs Community Park: Plan for the Future

The City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Department is working with GSM Landscape Architecture, Inc. and David J. Powers & Associates to develop a Master Plan for Kawana Springs Community Park.This is a continuation of the community park planning process that began in the summer of 2015. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide development of this 19.2-acre park located in southeast Santa Rosa at Kawana Terrace and Meda Avenue. David J. Powers has been providing ongoing environmental analysis of the park area and GSM is working on the draft design plan. Residents are encouraged to participate in the planning process to help determine the future of the park!

Online Public Input Process:

May 22 - June 5 -- CLICK HERE to view draft plan and access online input forum

If you would like to receive project update notifications for Kawana Springs Community Park, please subscribe here
For questions, please contact Adriane Mertens, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, at or (707) 543-3276.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Advisory Board 2017-18 Community Improvement Grant Program Now Open!

Welcome to the Office of Community Engagement! Our office utilizes the most important resource available to us: people! Whether you are wanting to participate in your local government, reduce youth violence in your neighborhood, or help bring people together where you live, you have come to the right place! Our office includes the following programs:

  • Community Engagement
  • Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership 
  • Community Advisory Board
Please see information below about both programs. We look forward to speaking with you!
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Community Engagement Program

The Community Engagement Program provides support and resources to community and to other City departments in an effort to improve relationships between residents of Santa Rosa and the City of Santa Rosa. This includes:

  • Conducting door-to-door outreach in project neighborhoods
  • Creating fun and engaging methods to get information out to the public
  • Coordinating community meetings and workshops
  • Participating in community and neighborhood meetings 
  • And more! 
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Community Advisory Board

Staff from the Office of Community Engagement also provides support to the Community Advisory Board (CAB). CAB's current focus is on the following:
  • Housing for All
  • Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget Priorities - Town Hall Meetings and Other Outreach
  • Community Improvement Grant Program
  • Strengthening Public Involvement Process 
  • Building Community

Violence Prevention Partnership 

The Partnership is a collaborative effort involving private citizens, government, local community-based organizations, schools, parents, the faith community, and local law enforcement to prevent violence in our community and provide support for our youth and families through partnerships. Please visit our webpage for more information! 

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