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Summer Fun in Our Regional Parks

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Summer Fun in Our Regional Parks

Run, hike, picnic or play in the water at Sonoma County's beautiful regional Parks! Here are just a few of the happening in the parks this summer:

The “Water Park” at Spring Lake

Big summer fun is coming to the Spring Lake swimming lagoon in Santa Rosa. On Memorial Day weekend, Regional Parks debuts an inflatable playground on the lagoon. It’s a lot like a floating obstacle course where you make your way from station to station, catching air on a bounce island, splashing down a slide, conquering hills, maneuvering across a balance beam, and in all likelihood, getting thoroughly soaked. Called the “Water Park at Spring Lake,” it will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, May 28, through Labor Day, Sept. 5. All-day rates are $10 for children 6 and older; $15 for adults and $45 for a family of four.    

Funky Fridays at Hood Mansion

The popular Funky Fridays summer concert series kicks off May 27 at its new location, Hood Mansion, the historic (and also somewhat funky) landmark at the base of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. Come out each week to hear live music, picnic, dance, and enjoy the beauty of Sonoma Valley. Funky Fridays originated as a fundraiser at neighboring Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, but when the concerts turned into such a good time, organizers started looking for a bigger venue. A partnership with the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation led to the grounds of Hood Mansion. Built in 1858, the mansion has a diverse history as a pioneer ranch and winery, a politician’s retreat, a retirement home, and a state-run girls’ school. Now owned by the county, it awaits its next transformation. Funky Friday tickets are $10 for adults, free for kids and available at BrownPaperTickets.com or the event. Wine, tapped beer, and food will be for sale. Parking is $10 or free for Regional Parks members. Event proceeds will continue to benefit Sonoma Valley park projects, including the restoration of Hood Mansion.

Sonoma County Trails Challenge

Take Regional Park’s Trails Challenge this summer and discover your new favorite park. Hike, bike or ride at least five of the trails featured in the 2016 guidebook and get a free Trails Challenge gift. Post a social media photo from the trail using #SonomaCountyParks and you might win backpacks, tents, hydration packs, and other outdoor gear from REI and CamelBak or parks memberships. If you’re a kid, you’ll also get a new nature-themed book compliments of the Sonoma County Library. The Trails Challenge highlights more than 50 miles of trails from Petaluma to Gualala and Glen Ellen to Bodega Bay. How many will you hike? (The guidebook is available at SonomaCountyParks.org. starting June 1.)

Free Parking for Sonoma Valley Parks

Regional Parks is partnering with Sugarloaf and Jack London state parks to let pass-holders visit each others’ parks for free for the month of June. That means Regional Parks members can park for free at Sugarloaf and Jack London, and Sugarloaf and Jack London pass-holders can park for free at all Regional Parks. Sugarloaf is also planning weekend shuttle service to make those Sugarloaf/Hood Mountain thru-hikes easier to plan. For shuttle details, check the SugarloafPark.org calendar throughout the month.