Restore S.R. City Parks
The October 2017 firestorm damaged approximately 75 acres within 10 Santa Rosa City park sites. Damage was sustained within Community Parks, Neighborhood Parks, Open Space and Landscape Areas. Total damage estimate is more than $40-million. The City’s most severely damaged park is Coffey Neighborhood Park where upwards of $5-million is needed to rebuild. Federal disaster funding for Coffey Neighborhood Park is estimated to be as little as $1-million. This leaves up to $4-million to be raised through other sources, such as community donations, just to rebuild Coffey Neighborhood Park alone.
Donations to Help Rebuild - Santa Rosa Parks Foundation
The Santa Rosa Parks Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is working with Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks to fundraise and serve as the sole source for collecting community donations to help rebuild Santa Rosa’s fire damaged City parks.
To learn more about this agreement, please read the Media Release
To contact the Parks Foundation and/or to donate now, visit SRParksFoundation.org
Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks is responsible for managing all park rebuild and restoration projects in accordance with City policies and with input from neighbors and community stakeholders. As a first step, staff members are discussing restoration plans for Coffey Neighborhood Park with members of Coffey Strong, a non-profit organization representing the Coffey Park Neighborhood. Additional outreach efforts to solicit input from Coffey Park residents will follow. Residents of all neighborhoods where City parks were damaged will play key roles in determining restoration plans for those parks.
Steps to Rebuild
Recreation & Parks staff are developing loss analysis and cost estimates and working to secure federal disaster funding. The next steps are (1) Assessment of hazardous materials, (2) Removal of debris; (3) Re-build/restoration of damaged parks and landscapes. Testing of potentially hazardous materials, including soils, turf and burned playground equipment, will begin soon and is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2018. Debris removal will follow. Staff are also cataloging every tree contained on City streets and lands within the burn areas, approximately 1200 trees. An arborist’s report will be prepared and those trees determined to be hazardous and/or no longer viable will be removed. Further planning and projects to rebuild Santa Rosa’s fire damaged City parks will be initiated as funding becomes available.
*Update: September 11, 2018: Test results for soil and playground equipment in the City’s most severely fire-damaged parks show no toxic contamination. Coffey and portions of Fir Ridge and Rincon Ridge Parks have been closed while awaiting these test results. Crews are cleaning and conducting structural safety tests of the play equipment at Fir Ridge and Rincon Ridge, and the closed playground sections of these parks will be open by September 12th. Play equipment at Coffey Park, though not contaminated, is structurally unsound and will be removed and replaced. All of Coffey Park is closed now and through re-construction. With the hazardous materials testing and the arborist’s report now completed, the City will begin the process of contracting for debris removal. This process is scheduled to begin Fall 2018. Reconstruction of the park is planned to begin in 2019.
Overview of Fire Damage to City Parks
Parks with Significant Structural Damage
5.85 acres burned of 5.85, including all landscape, irrigation, electrical, two playgrounds, picnic areas, monument sign, fence, turf and partial pathways.
Rincon Ridge Park
.58 acres burned of 1.83, with damage to landscape areas, irrigation, electrical, play equipment and benches.
Fir Ridge Park
.86 acres burned of 1.06, including damage to landscape and turf, irrigation, electrical, play equipment, fencing and the retaining wall.
Francis Nielsen Ranch Park
3.87 acres burned of 6.04, with damage to landscape areas, irrigation, electrical and total loss of the pedestrian bridge.
Additional Park Sites Damaged
Less than one acre burned of the park’s 138 acres, with damage primarily in the Sullivan Ridge trail area.
21 of 33 acres burned. Damage was sustained to the natural area, irrigation, electrical, parking lot lighting and fencing.
Rincon Ridge Open Space
9.69 acres burned of 10.2. Damage was sustained to the landscape areas, including to the special ceanothus plant species, and fencing.
Francis Nielsen Open Space
7.5 acres burned of 7.9 acres, including natural areas and landscape areas.
Thomas Lake Harris Open Space
5.9 acres burned of 6.2, including landscape and natural areas.
Parker Hill Open Space
4.20 acres burned of 4.27, including landscape and natural areas.
14.43 acres burned, including irrigated and non-irrigated areas, electrical, irrigation, and common walls.