Marin County Parks August 2017

Fall 2017

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EXPLORE YOUR PARKS Your Guide to Marin County Parks & Programs FALL 2017 The days are shorter, the willows at Stafford Lake Park are turning gold, and gray squirrels in our preserves are saving acorns. Swallows, rap- tors, and warblers are beginning a long journey south along the Pacific Flyway. The natural world is vibrant in fall, preparing for winter. Marin County Parks is also busy–finishing projects before the rainy season, and making a list of what still needs to be done to maintain and preserve our parks and open spaces. Measure A, approved by voters in 2012, pro- tects the rolling hills, forests, and shorelines that make Marin a special place to live, work, and play. Thanks to Measure A, road and trail work has improved natural habitat and the quality of creeks and streams while making trails safer and more enjoyable. Restoration projects are helping protect rare native spe- cies like the Tiburon jewelflower and showy Indian clover. We are also addressing de- ferred maintenance on important structures like the landmark piers at McNears Beach Park and Paradise Beach Park. Measure A helps invite all County residents to share the outdoor experience. Measure A Days and the Library Park Pass provide free access to county parks. Measure A supports recreation facilities in cities and towns across Marin–from Mill Valley tennis courts to a Santa Venetia pickleball court. And Measure A non-profit grants bring peo- ple of all ages and abilities to visit our parks and open spaces. Measure A is a reflection of the values of the people of Marin. As poet Gary Snyder wrote, for people living in Marin, "Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." DIRECTOR'S CORNER Max Korten Director & General Manager Marin County Parks CARING FOR WHAT WE HAVE

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