The Neighborwood, Roseland Creek Community Park Plant Walk

Sunday, June 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Join CNPS hike leaders, botanist Lynn Houser and wildlife biologist Trish Tatarian for a leisurely exploration of Roseland’s hidden gem of a new and undeveloped urban open space/community park in Santa Rosa.

Oaks at Rosland Creek Regional ParkKnown locally as the Neighborwood, this area of 20 acres, of three connected parcels, was originally slated for commercial development. Twenty plus years ago a group of far sighted, visionary residents realized this land was potential urban open space accessible to all. They had watched people use the juvenile oak woodlands, riparian corridor of Roseland Creek and the adjacent north and south meadows for bird watching, dog walking, and leisurely walks. People sought quiet and peace among the oaks and along the creek. Children experienced the opportunity for unstructured play in a natural environment, so important in child development for cooperative activities, empathy for other living creatures and creativity.

Residents come together for Earth Day Cleanups in the Neighborwood and individuals often go there weekly to pick up trash. The group approached the City with their dream and after considerable lobbying and public planning meetings, Sonoma County Agriculture and Open Space and the City of Santa Rosa purchased the three adjacent parcels that included north and south meadows, a reach of Roseland Creek and it’s riparian corridor, as well as the incredibly rich and healthy juvenile oak woodland.

Besides exploring the native plants and wildlife of the park, we’ll talk about how the public can support this invaluable local resource. We can make our voices heard by the City of Santa Rosa as they draft the development plan. We will provide resources to comment on Roseland Creek Community Park for CNPS members and residents.

Wear good walking shoes, bring water and a snack or lunch, and wear a hat and sunscreen. Questions? Please contact Lynn at Lynnhouserplants@gmail.com

Meet 9:45 am at the McMinn Ave side of The Neighborwood, across the street from Chelsea Garden Apartments, 1220 McMinn Avenue just south of cross street Hughs Ave.

For a complete list of our plant walks, see our Plant Walk page.