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Sonoma County Board of Supervisors OKs money for new Monte Rio park

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $389,000 grant of county open space funds to develop a small park in Monte Rio.

The 3.8-acre Creekside Park, on the old Monte Rio School site, is to include a perimeter trail, bathrooms, a caf?and a skate park. Long-range plans call for a watershed museum, multi-purpose room, additional parking and support facilities.

The property, which fronts Dutch Bill Creek and a smaller tributary, was purchased by the county's Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District in 1999 and transferred to the Monte Rio Parks and Recreation District.

The county open space funds will support construction of the 0.3-mile perimeter trail, restoration of a creekside meadow on Dutch Bill Creek and creation of an orchard along the edge of the meadow.

Nearly $1 million in funds from the county's former redevelopment agency will pay for the building improvements, including restrooms, the skate park, parking area upgrades, and creation of a community garden.

Construction on the first phase of improvements is set to begin in several weeks.

Supervisor Efren Carrillo, who represents western Sonoma County, called the park "an important and vital" project for the area.


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