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Review for Sonoma Petaluma Parks Inc, Sonoma, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The S/PSHPA has been in existence for over three decades. It has supported the work of the Sonoma and Petaluma State Historic Parks including the Mission de Francis de Solano, the Barracks, the Vallejo Home and te Petaluma Adobe by providing funding for interpretive and educational programs. In 2011, the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park was threatened with closure due to budget cuts. S/PSHPA led the campaign to raise funds to keep the park open and raised over $70,000. The S/PSHPA entered into an agreement with State Parks in May 2012 to fund the operations of the park for a year. This Agreement was amended in 2013 when following the discovery of additional funding at the State Parks, a matching grant agreement was entered into and the Petaluma State Historic Park will remain open under the Agreement until June 30, 2014. The S/PSHPA has also raised $15,000 in funds for a building assessment of the Petaluma Adobe so that it can better preserve the structure, once the largest adobe building in Northern California and center of General Mariano Vallejo's 66,000 acre ranching operation.
The S/PSHPA is governed by a Board of Directors representing citizens of Sonoma and Petaluma and meets monthly. There are many challenges ahead to better preserve, interpret and manage the Sonoma nad Petaluma State Historic Parks but the S/PSHPA has grown in te past two years to meet these challenges in an open and transparent way. Membership to the S/PSHPA entitles members to discounts with a local Business Partner program. Membership and Donations can be made via website at or by mail at PO Box 1702, Sonoma, CA 95476.

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