State Parks project will add heritage to Casa Grande site

A California State Park project that will revitalize a heavily visited park site, reveal its history and tell a uniquely Californian story was scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 19, at Sonoma State Historic Park across the street from the Plaza.

The project will be completed in two phases. Phase I is expected to be finalized in December and Phase II is expected to begin next summer, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The half-block wide site straddles the area from 20 E. Spain St. north, to the 120-space Barracks parking lot. Known as the Casa Grande site, it will be fenced with no through access to the Plaza during construction. Plaza access will continue to be available by traveling a short distance to First Street East, and then to Spain Street.

The project will provide an attractive, inviting and interpretive setting to enhance the visitor experience to the Sonoma State Historic Park. Project manager, regional interpretive specialist Karen Barrett calls the site, “history hiding out in the open.”

This project will introduce visitors to the heritage of California Indians, history of Gen. Mariano Vallejo and the early 20th Century quarry workers who left their mark on the site.

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