There will be a public workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Petaluma to learn more about the master planning process for Tolay Lake Regional Park.

A park master plan is being prepared to provide a spectrum of outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities and protect sensitive habitats and cultural resources.

There will be an opportunity to review materials and speak with planners from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

The workshop will be held Petaluma Community Center at Lucchesi Park, 320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma.

Tolay Lake Regional Park is located between the Petaluma River and Sonoma Valley. This unique 1,769-acre property was acquired by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and transferred to Regional Parks in 2005.

The property contains grasslands, ridges, a seasonal freshwater lake, ponds, wetlands, and many other natural and cultural resources and provides habitat for several species of special status. For now, public access is allowed through a weekend permit program, guided hikes, and the annual Tolay Fall Festival. Regional Parks began gathering public input and developing elements of the master plan earlier this year and will continue the process in 2014.

If anyone would like more information about the planning process or to sign up for project notices, email