Sonoma State Historic Park workshop
California State Parks will host a public workshop for the presentation and discussion of recommendations that will change the ways visitors use and experience Sonoma State Historic Park.
The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma.
Participants will be able to comment on proposals that will affect some of Sonoma's ionic historic sites, including the Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma Barracks, Blue Wing Inn, Toscano Hotel and Kitchen, the Vallejo Home and the Vallejo Casa Grande/20 East Spain area (located between the Cheese Factory and Toscano Hotel).
Visit www.parks.ca.gov/SonomaPlan to learn more about the development of the Sonoma State Historic Park Interpretation Management Plan (IMP).
To date, the year-long IMP planning effort has included opportunities for visitor, community and stakeholder participation via in-park visitor surveys, one-on-one interviews, stakeholder planning charrettes, a public meeting and a teacher focus group. Slated to be completed in December, the IMP will be the master planning document for the way history is told and experienced at the park and will include a five-year Action Plan, a flexible and realistic road map to achieve the plan's goals.
Recommendations have been developed by Frank Binney and Associates, a professional interpretive planning firm contracted by California State Parks to complete an IMP for Sonoma State Historic Park.
Interpretive planning at Sonoma State Historic Park represents a high operational priority for State Parks due to the park's statewide significance, heavy visitation by school groups, increasing visitor demand for park interpretive opportunities and the park's contributing role in local tourism.