jen santos burbank ave entrance roselandcreekWhen we asked nonprofits active in Roseland about issues connected to the health of the community, they drew our attention to a small proposed park on a creek. How the park will be developed has become a lively neighborhood debate. Our three-part examination of the park begins today.
In this first story, Jen Santos, Deputy Director of Santa Rosa’s Department of Recreation and Parks (pictured in front of the park boundary on Burbank Avenue) walked Roseland Creek with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher in late summer.

open space signYesterday, we heard from Santa Rosa’s deputy parks director about plans for a new community park in Roseland. The 20 acre site is an oasis of nature and beauty. Members of the community differ on how the park should be built to provide maximum benefit to all.

Today, we meet Duane DeWitt – a neighborhood activist who lives near this park,  and who played in what he calls this “neighborWOOD” as a child.

Listen to community member Sandra Valencia talk with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher about what her friends and neighbors are saying about the park.

Reporting for this project supported by a grant from the USC-Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.

Visit the City of Santa Rosa Parks and Rec Department Draft Master Plan Concept (PDF)

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