Sen. Dodd Introduces Bill to Acquire Skyline Wilderness Park
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that would allow Napa County to negotiate with the state Department of General Services to buy the 850-acre Skyline Wilderness Park, ensuring the prime land with popular hiking trails and views of the Bay Area remains a public open space forever.
“This is such an important community asset, both from a recreational and environmental perspective,” said Sen. Dodd. “It needs to be preserved for the public and placed under local control so it remains parkland in perpetuity.”
Napa County has sought the land for many years. It currently holds a lease on the property under an agreement with the state that will expire in 2030.
The property in the Napa Valley foothills includes 25 miles of trails and a beautiful pond, Lake Marie. A portion of it is adjacent to Napa State Hospital.
“Skyline Park is a valued asset to the Napa County community,” said Napa County Supervisor Belia Ramos, whose district includes the property. “We thank Sen. Dodd for his efforts to assist us in preserving Skyline Park for generations to come.”
Senate Bill 20 will be scheduled for its first vote in the coming months. It was introduced as the Legislature began it new session Monday.
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, is principle co-author of the bill.
Senator Bill Dodd represents California’s 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa counties. You can learn more about Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.