2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Sonoma County Regional Parks. On January 30, 1967, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to create the Sonoma County Parks and Recreation Department. They started with just one park, Doran Beach in Bodega Bay, a 2-mile long stretch of beach perfect for walking surfing, flying kites, and bird-watching. Over the years they have grown to more than 11, 000 acres, hosting more than 5 million annual visitors in its 56 parks, trails, and beaches.

Regional Parks has packed the year with a slew of activities including wildflower walks, family hikes, birdwatching, camps for kids and more. See their website (http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Activities/50th_Anniversary.aspx ) for details.

Enjoy our tribute to our wonderful parks system with images staff photographers and historic images from Sonoma County Regional Parks.