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Larson Creek at the Park - Photo: Crystal DeMarco - Google page share
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Larson Park In The Springs
Has It All!

Warning to Our Community of Danger
from Rail Tankers in Schellville

Jul 10, 2019
by Thomas Martin


Larson Park bordering Sonoma Creek in the Springs has multiple facilities for the young and older population alike. Located in the neighborhood at 329 DeChene Avenue just 3-4 blocks off Hwy 12 at Lichtenberg Avenue

A view of Larson creek at the park.. Larson Park provides recreational fun for all. 

Any day – any time, there are a variety of activities….

Once the weather warmed the swimming hole at Larson became a favorite for children and young people in the area. At some point a concrete abutment was laid across Sonoma Creek that serves as a dam to create a swimming hole for kids and parents alike.*

Picnic tables, tennis courts and pickleball courts are next to the Little League baseball diamond. Any afternoon one can find young folks engaged in soccer games, tennis or handball practice. As the Warriors came closer to the NBA finals the activity on the basketball court increased.

One of the many picnic tables at the park- Photo:

In the morning the sound of “click-clack” from pickleball paddles is common. The children’s play area is always open.  

Dog walkers utilize the trails around the sports complex and Community Garden maintained by Alejandra Cervantes and Nuestra Voz. A bridge over Pequeño Creek leads to the fields at Flowery School. During school hours the gate is locked. Otherwise this is a recreational area that includes a track where long distant runners work out. The school district leaves the gate to the bicycle path open so runners and walkers may cross the school fields after the close of classes. 

Serene view at the park- Photo:

Larson Park is a County facility utilized by residents near and far. Make a visit and enjoy yourself. 

*Anyone with information about the construction of the concrete dam at Larson Park, please forward it to Tom

The Springs MAC: A recently formed community organization!

Springs Community Center – Site of MAC Meetings

The Springs Community Center, formerly “The Grange,” will be the meeting location for the recently constituted Springs Municipal Advisory Council (MAC). MAC was created by Supervisor Susan Gorin earlier this year to provide an additional voice for residents in their relations with the County. To date three meetings have been held, March, April, and May. Information or minutes from those meetings is available on the County website ( but not reported generally in the press. A review of the minutes shows a body of people taking their jobs very seriously. 

The Springs MAC will have met in June. It’s next calendared meetings are July 23 and August 27 at 6:30 p.m. For further information check the County website and hopefully the local press will begin publicizing dates, times, and subject of meetings. The County contact person is Ms. Elizabeth Hamon, 1st District Field Representative for Supervisor Susan Gorin (707-565-2241). 

Letter to editor….

Dear Mr. Martin, I bought a lovely home on Hillside Avenue six years ago when I moved from Larkspur. The elephant in the Springs today is the neglected, four layer deep, crumbling asphalt streets. What a joke! Four layers sometimes five deep repeatedly patched and they turn into holes as big as basketballs… and to think I pay approximately $800 a month in property taxes!! It’s EMBARRASING The County doesn’t care about this appendage of the City of Sonoma! Well 'shame on you!' – Artie Lange

Ed. Note: Sonoma County Pothole Damage Claims – Submit a Request: Go to: , Submit a Service Request “Roadway.”

“Mobilize Sonoma” warns of danger to our community from rail tankers in Schellville….

Join with Mobilize Sonoma to get rid of the tankers in Schellville.Mobilize Sonoma, an organization founded to eliminate the danger of a liquid natural gas (LPG) explosion, warns that damage to the Sonoma Valley Sanitation District facilities in Schellville could impact everyone on sewer hookup in the Valley. If tankers filled with LPG parked on SMART (Sonoma Marin Area Rapid Transit) owned tracks at 8th Street East and Hwy 121, could damage the sewage facilities nearby. In that event sewage services to 17,548 homes (30,000 people) in Sonoma Valley south of Glen Ellen could be in jeopardy. To view the force of LPG rail explosions search on the web at “LPG Railroad Bleve.” Let your City and County representatives know of your concerns. Ask for the removal of the tank cars in Schellville!!




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