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Santa Rosa homeowners pushing to limit access to private park

A plan by a Santa Rosa homeowners association to redesign a small, privately owned park to make it less accessible to residents from outside the neighborhood heads to a zoning hearing Thursday morning. The proposal by the Linwood Homeowners Association has stirred passions in the neighborhood of 207 newer single-family homes south of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

City Council OKs cycling course, railroad for two Santa Rosa parks

The long-range plans for two Santa Rosa parks were updated by the City Council Tuesday to recognize an existing miniature railroad in one park and a future pump track for bicycles in another.

County supervisors back efforts to build park where Andy Lopez died

Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday directed staff to proceed with efforts to build a park in the Moorland Avenue neighborhood where 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy.

Report outlines cost estimates for Andy Lopez memorial park

The estimated cost of building a park where 13-year-old Andy Lopez died last October could be between $2 million and $3 million, according to Sonoma County officials.

Talks begin for creation of park in honor of Andy Lopez

The owner of the empty lot where 13-year-old Andy Lopez died more than six weeks ago is in talks with people who want to turn it into a memorial park for the slain boy.

Unofficial park takes shape at memorial honoring Andy Lopez

Fueled by a burning need to build something enduring to remember Lopez, residents have staked their unofficial claim to the lot where he was shot and killed. With every play structure, candle and flower arrangement, they believe it belongs more to the neighborhood than to the Santa Rosa real estate agent who owns the property. Some vow to never give back the land.

Cloverdale field of dreams ends in frustration

Ambitious plans for a baseball, skateboard and dog park in Cloverdale have been scrapped, disappointing supporters who have been working for years to make something happen.

Santa Rosa decides against immediate hires for parks cleanup

The Santa Rosa City Council chose not to hire six additional workers to clean up garbage, restrooms and graffiti in city parks Tuesday after an emotional debate pitted members who felt the extra staff was an urgent need against those seeking a more long-term solution.

Santa Rosa cedes weed-pulling at many parks to volunteers

With a budget burdened by higher fuel, insurance and pension costs, Santa Rosa is increasingly relying on volunteers to keep the city’s 66 parks tidy, a service once considered a basic government function.

Park planned for apartment project south of Coddingtown mall

The developer of a proposed apartment complex south of Coddingtown mall is planning to spend $1.1 million to build a 2.7-acre city park adjacent to the project.

The Wolff Company of Scottsdale, Ariz. has approval to build 270 apartments in a 15-building development called Range Ranch.

It is the largest apartment project proposed in Santa Rosa in years and a sign of the strength of the rental housing market. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer.

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