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November 20, 2017
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Rohnert Park has opportunities for fun
November 10, 2017

Rohnert Park is fortunate to have a wide variety of amenities to provide opportunities for recreation and fun for families. These include sports leagues, weight rooms and exercise equipment at the Callinan Sports and Fitness Center, classes in dance, pottery, youth sports at our community centers, swim lessons at our pools and opportunities for fun and socialization at our Senior Center.

Another service we enjoy providing is hosting a variety of fun events throughout the year. This month we are featuring a combination of traditional events and some new ones; all of those noted here will be at the Community Center at the corner of Snyder Lane and Rohnert Park Expressway:

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Celebration – 11 a.m.: Join us in honoring our Veterans and Active Duty Military. 

November 12 – Mad About Plaid, part of the Second Sunday Family Fun Series – 1 – 4 p.m.: This event will feature local country artist McKenna Faith along with arts and crafts, jump house, food, beverages and more!

November 24 and 25 – Arts and Crafts Fair – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Boasting over 60 local crafters, this event is sure to bring holiday delight. New this year will be free childcare featuring facilitated arts and crafts projects

November 27 – December 12 – Letters to Santa: This year we struck a cool deal with Santa. Children are invited to write a letter to Santa and drop it off at the Community Center’s “Santa’s Mailbox” including a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Letters have to be received by December 12 at 5 p.m. Letters can also be mailed to “Santa Claus”, c/o Community Services Department, 5401 Snyder Ln, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Santa says he will write a letter back!

In addition, we invite you to Spreckels Performing Arts Center (5409 Snyder Lane) for the production of Little Women running November 24 through December 17. For ticket information visit www.spreckelsonline.com. 

While the city has restrooms at our larger parks, they have been closed for several years due to damage from vandalism, including graffiti, extensive damage to sinks, soap dispensers and toilets and damage from fires and fireworks set off inside the restrooms. Most vandalism occurred after normal park hours, typically at night when the parks are closed. 

In 2015, the city council approved a plan to renovate and to open the restrooms. Since then, we have opened them at Benicia Pool, Alicia Park, the Magnolia Pool building and this week we expect to open at Colegio Vista Park. The restrooms at Eagle Park, Sunrise Park, Magnolia Fields and Golis Park are in construction and should be open by the end of the year.  They need moderate improvements, including new fixtures, paint and repairs. The existing restroom building at Dorotea Park will be demolished and a new one constructed in its place by next summer.    

To minimize vandalism and safety threats, security measures have been implemented as the facilities are reopened. These include outside security cameras, auto door locks, intrusion alarms that notify staff if the door is ajar after hours, additional outside lighting and motion sensors mounted inside the building to alarm if movement is detected in the restroom once the restroom is locked after hours. 

We are glad to be providing this most basic of services to our residents as part of our goal of keeping Rohnert Park a family friendly community.