Construction for improvements to begin in August
The board of directors today approved an additional $3.35 million toward a $7.2 million renovation and improvement of recreational facilities at Maxwell Farms Regional Park, a popular regional park in Boyes Hot Springs, adjacent to the city of Sonoma are needed. The funding enables the completion of the first phase of Maxwell Farms’ master plan, which includes construction of a new all-weather baseball field, new all-weather soccer field and expanded parking lots, including improvements for ADA accessibility.
New funding approved today includes $1.65 million from District 1’s community infrastructure project funds, $1 million from a state grant, $500,000 from Parks Measure M Category 3 and $202,045 from Park Mitigation Fees Area 6. Funding for the project also includes $1.4 million approved by the Board of Supervisors during the 2022-23 budget hearings in June.
“The renovation and improvement of Maxwell Farms has been a long-awaited project that we are proud to support,” said Supervisor Susan Gorin, whose District 1 includes the park. “I look forward to this first phase of the project, which will expand the park facilities that Sonoma Valley residents have enjoyed for generations.”
Maxwell Farms Regional Park was developed in 1988. Over the years, the 85-acre park has provided residents of the Sonoma Valley and the city of Sonoma with a variety of recreational opportunities in one of the most densely populated unincorporated areas in the county.
Sonoma County Regional Parks updated the master plan – the document that guides a park’s development and management – for the park in 2019 in response to strong community interest, growing population and changing demographics. The improvements also address delayed maintenance needs at the park, as well as the loss of an adjacent local ball field, which required Maxwell’s fields to be redesigned to meet increased demand.
The master plan supports the community’s vision that the park will meet current and future recreational needs while preserving and enhancing the natural resource values of the floodplain and riparian environments along Sonoma Creek.
The approved grants support the construction of priority projects as the first phase of the implementation of the master plan:
A new all-weather baseball field
A new all-weather soccer field
Two new toilet and concession buildings
Extended parking options including ADA accessible parking
Parking lot lighting improvements
Picnic areas and seating
The new fields are designed to reduce Maxwell’s overall water use by converting the athletic fields to artificial turf and adding a modern irrigation system and stormwater collection system. Work will also be heavily focused on parking lot improvements in the form of capacity expansions, ADA accessible parking lots and walkways, pedestrian crossings on Verano Avenue and improving community safety in the area.
Additionally, an expanded park entrance will be provided during this phase to better accommodate emergency vehicles and buses, and to facilitate drop-off and pickup at the Boys and Girls Club, which is centrally located in the park.
“We are pleased that this reinvestment project is underway thanks to Supervisor Gorin’s leadership and collaboration with the community and our partners,” said Bert Whitaker, director of Sonoma County Regional Parks. “These priority improvements improve safety and expand recreational and health programming opportunities in the Springs area.”
Funding already approved for this first phase of construction includes:
$1.4 million approved by the Board of Supervisors during the 2022-23 budget hearings
$925,899 from a State Parks Recreational Infrastructure and Revenue Enhancement Grant
$250,000 Ag+ Open Space District Matching Grant
$125,000 in Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation funding
$972,933 in Parks Measure M Category 2 funding
$65,000 in Parks Mitigation Area 6 Fund
$130,000 from the General Disability Access Fund
$57,067 from a Community Development Block Grant
The board of directors this month awarded the construction contract to Bauman Landscape and Construction Inc. Construction will begin in August and is expected to last through the summer of 2023, weather and emergency permitting. The new facilities are scheduled to open shortly thereafter.
To learn more about Maxwell Farms Regional Park, visit: parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/visit/find-a-park/maxwell-farms-regional-park
For more information on the park’s master plan improvements, visit: parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/learn/planning-division/project-directory/all-active-projects/maxwell-farms-master-plan/project-detail.