Senator Dodd Seeks to Establish Solano County Park District
SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced legislation on Tuesday to help preserve land and expand recreational opportunities in Solano County. The bill, which is co-authored by Assemblymembers Tim Grayson and Jim Frazier, authorizes the formation of a regional park district in Solano County.
“Parks help us preserve the beauty of California for future generations, while also benefiting our health and economy,” said Senator Dodd. “We’ve already seen the successes of parks districts in our region, and I commend the Solano County Board of Supervisors for recognizing the value of creating a park district to preserve land and enhance recreational opportunities.”
The Solano County Board of Supervisors formed a subcommittee on exploring the establishment of a regional park and open space system back in 2015. A final report by the subcommittee recommended that Solano County form a regional parks and open-space district, spurring this legislation. Allowing Solano County to move forward with forming a park district could create opportunities to give the public access to lands they did not already have and provide new opportunities at the county’s existing parks and open spaces.
“Establishing a Solano County park district provides our protected lands with a better economy of scale and consistency in management,’” said Supervisor Erin Hannigan, Vice Chair of the Solano County Board of Supervisors. “We want to thank Senator Dodd for his leadership in the legislature over the past years in helping protect California’s open spaces for the public to enjoy.”
The state has authorized several counties throughout California to form regional park districts, including Sonoma and Napa Counties. Dodd’s legislation, SB 365, would authorize the Solano County Board of Supervisors to create a parks district by resolution.
Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.