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Petaluma water ways - History

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In the last part of the 20th century, community leaders began to see renewed potential for recreation, environment, and economic development along the river that gave our city life. 

With help from the California Coastal Conservancy, a panel of city and community leaders developed The Petaluma River Access and Enhancement Plan (approved in 1996).  This visionary plan addresses river protection and supports new access points for people to reach the river and use it recreationally — for walking, cycling, fishing, bird and wildlife watching, boating, landscape painting, or relaxing.

In 2008, the city received a grant from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program to provide a staff person to help develop a “river trail.”  A shirtsleeves working group of city and community advocates, the Petaluma River Access Partnership or “P-RAP,” was established to conceive a pedestrian and bicycle path along the waterfront; identify and enhanced public access to the river; and plan for river-related recreation amenities including community access points, public restrooms, and interpretive signage. The NPS coordinated with partner organizations in the planning of the Community Boathouse and the David Yearsley River Heritage Center.

The members of the P-RAP team recognize this is an ambitious project, and are eager for residents and professionals in related fields, such as contractors and landscape architects, to join them as volunteers in shaping the future of the Petaluma River and waterfront area, while honoring the numerous already approved city plans that provide river access.

What’s the next step for Petaluma Water Ways?  Go to the Get Involved page to find out what you can do.




Contact Information

Administrative Offices
320 N McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707.778.4380
Fax: 707.656.4057
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday

General Information:
Parks and Rec Front Office: 707.778.4380
Senior Center: 707.778.4399
Field Scheduling: 707.778.4519
Aquatics: 707.778.4410
Marina: 707.778.4489

Allison Cresci


Makayla Gouveia


Recreation Coordinators:
Kevin Hays (Adult Sports, Field Rentals)


Sandra Kraus (Senior Center, Special Events)


Rachel Beer (Youth Programs, Contract Classes)


Recreation Supervisor:
Drew Halter