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Snapshot — Park and Recreation Master Plan, City Updates, Events and More!!!

Posted on February 17, 2023


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Sunrise over Marinwood

Photo Credit: Alissa Curtin, Administrative Services Department

Last Quiz Question

Congrats to Jay Workman for being the first to answer our latest Snapshot Quiz. So I Married an Axe Murderer is the 1993 movie that featured San Rafael’s police boat, the “Mission City!” Congrats Jay on your extensive movie knowledge, and thanks for reading Snapshot. Scroll down to see this edition’s quiz and be the first to answer!

San Rafael City News

Park and Recreation Master Plan Update

On Tuesday, February 21st, the City Council will hear an update on the Citywide Park and Recreation Master Plan. In November 2021, the City launched a comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Planning process, with the goal of creating an action plan that the City can use to prioritize recommendations and develop strategies to improve our parks, update facilities, increase ways for people to access and connect to parks, and strengthen recreation programs. At Tuesday night’s meeting, staff and consultants will provide an overview of the planning process and share findings, themes, and draft recommendations. For more details on the Master Plan, you can visit:

Read the Staff Report Here

Boards, Commissions & Committees Rules and Procedures Update

On Tuesday, February 21st, San Rafael’s elected City Clerk, Lindsay Lara, will present an update on the City’s Boards, Commissions, and Committees “Rules and Procedures” document. This presentation will be an opportunity for the City Council hear an overview of current processes and provide feedback on potential updates to the appointment process for Boards, Commissions, and Committees.

Read the Staff Report Here

Third Street Improvements   

During this week (February 13 – February 17): 

  • Crews will remove and replace the separator island at Ida Street and Second Street. This work will require a lane closure and no parking on westbound Second Street from G Street to Fourth Street.
  • Crews will remove and replace the curb ramps at Third Street and C Street, and Third Street and B Street. This work will require a curb lane closure and no parking adjacent to the intersections.
  • Crews will install traffic control cameras at Third Street and Shaver Street, and Second Street and Shaver Street. This work will require a lane closure during the installation of the cameras.
  • Crews will install new street lights at Third Street and Shaver Street, and Second Street and Shaver Street. This work will require a lane closure during the installation of the luminaires.
  • Crews will install splice boxes for new electrical service on Second Street.
  • Crews will replace the sanitary sewer lateral main on Second Street between Shaver Street and Miramar Avenue. This work will require a lane closure on eastbound Second Street.


  • The stairway from Second Street to Jessup Street (south of Ida) is closed.
  • For the lane shift on Second Street the posted speed limit is 25 mph. Drivers should be aware of changed conditions and be alert.
  • Traffic Controls (temporary signs, message boards, traffic cones, delineators, and detour signs) will be put in place to direct motorists through the work area.
  • Curb parking spaces will be marked “No Parking.”

The daytime hours of work will be from 6 am to 6 pm, with lane closures from 6 am to 3 pm on Third Street and Second Street westbound. Lane closures will also be in effect from 9 am to 6 pm on Second Street eastbound.


COVID-19 Updates

As COVID-19 remains a part of our everyday lives, it is important to remember that the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 during gatherings remains high. Please remain diligent against the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing, masking, and testing whenever possible.

According to the Marin County Department of Public Health, as of February 10th, Marin County has 142 “Active Cases” (cases confirmed in the previous 10 days), bringing the total confirmed cumulative cases to 44,574 since March 2020. These numbers continue to highlight the remaining threat of COVID-19 in our communities, and the need for all community members to continue to remain diligent in their efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please follow the links below regarding the appropriate steps to follow if:  

COVID-19 booster shots and vaccination appointments continue to be offered at all Marin vaccine clinics. If you need transportation assistance to get vaccinated, please visit the following links about Lyft’s Vaccine Access Program and GoGoGrandparent. As always, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms, please get tested as soon as possible, even if you are fully vaccinated.


Sun Valley Park Construction

Now that the weather is clear, construction work on the Sun Valley Park playground improvements is making great progress. Department of Public Works crews have been busy replacing the wood retaining wall near the basketball courts and installing a concrete retaining curb around the perimeter of the play area to help hold in the new play surfacing. Playground equipment is expected to arrive mid-March and will be installed upon arrival. The project is on track for our targeted completion in late April 2023. More information and project updates can be found here.

At the Last Council Meeting on February 6, 2023

Beginning with the April 18th, 2022, City Council meeting, the City Council has returned to in-person meetings combined with virtual real-time public comment.

At the February 6th Regular City Council meeting, the Council:

  • Held open time for public expression.
  • Heard City Manager and Councilmember reports.
  • Approved the consent calendar.
  • Held special presentation of a proclamation honoring Black History Month.
  • Adopted a resolution on mid-year budget updates.
  • Accepted an informational report on the B Street two-way conversion project.

City Council meetings are held every first and third Monday of the month. City Council meetings that fall on a holiday are rescheduled for the following Tuesday.


Marin Local Agency Formation Commission Accepting Applications

Accepting applications through March 10th, 2023

The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is recruiting for two open public member seats. The Commission, which is established by State law, has regulatory power over the formation and boundary changes of cities and special districts. In addition, the Commission is responsible for determining sphere of influence for all cities and special districts within the County of Marin. If you would like to apply, please fill out an application here. The Commission will accept applications for service as the Public Member through March 10th, 2023.

The Spring 2023 Activities guide

San Rafael Activities Guide is now available and class registration is open!  Click here to view the guide and see our current classes, camps and events. Then go to our online registration system to sign up. You can reach out to (415) 485-3333 or email if you have any questions.

A Celebration for You, Residents 85 years old and better!

Sunday, February 19th, 3:00-4:30pm, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street. 

The City of San Rafael and Age-Friendly San Rafael invite you to a celebration honoring You, our City’s residents over 85 years old and better. RSVP by calling 415-485-3333 with your name and number of guests or come see us at 618 B Street, Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm.

San Francisco Bay Ferry 2050 Public Survey

Survey will remain through the end of March 2023

San Francisco Bay Ferry is looking for input from the Bay Area community to help them finalize a Ferry Service Vision for the year 2050. Take their short, 5-minute survey to share your water transit priorities and enter for a chance to win a raffle prize at the end of the survey. Consider sharing the survey with your friends, family and network so everyone has an opportunity to contribute!


San Rafael’s Albert Park can be accessed by B Street, what “B” sport has not taken place there?

  1. Baseball
  2. Bowling
  3. Bocce
  4. Boxing
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