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2021 Forestville Community Fund Application
Do you have a special project you would like to do to that would enhance downtown Forestville and/or provide community benefit in the Forestville area (the 95436 zip code)?
Every year, the Forestville Community Fund Advisory Committee awards grants to existing organizations, ad hoc groups or private individuals for worthy, local projects. To find out more, go to the FCF section on this website: FCF Intro.
See which projects have been granted through the years: Grants Awarded
The New Boardwalk at
the West County Trailhead
The boardwalk construction on the West County Trail at the Downtown Park has been completed. Go to the Downtown Park trailhead to see it. Read more…
Photo by Iain Burnett
See our Blog for monthly updates on the issues and people of Forestville.
• Farmers Mkt, Fire Inspections, Chamber Grants + More, May 2021
• Grant Apps Open, El Molino Benefit, Colorful Forestville + More, April 2021
• Summer Visitors, Speed Monitors, Downtown Park Boardwalk + More, March 2021
• Rezoning, March Election Measures, Trail Upgrades + More, February 2021
• What needs our attention in Forestville? January 2021
• Hope is Upon Us, January 2021
• Just a dream? November 2020
• Action is the Antidote to Despair, October 2020
• Get up. Shake it out. Dance. You’ll feel better., September 2020
• Gratitude, August 2020
• Farmers Market’s Back for the Summer, July 2020
• So, What Are We Going To Do About It? June 2020
Use our forms to make comments & ask questions.
See the November 2020 Forestville Town Hall
It was a Zoom Meeting with Lynda Hopkins, other county experts and the FPA.
FPA President, Michael Cuoio, spoke about the Downtown Oaks Park and where the we are in the process. His presentation is demonstrated with photos and text on this page: Current Status
The recording from the meeting is available here:
All the topics covered:
- County updates from Lynda Hopkins.
- Quarry mitigation funds report.
- Downtown Oaks Park permit process from Michael Cuoio.
- West County Trail update from the Parks Department.
- Emergency Preparedness from Fire Chief Dave Franchesci.
- Summer river traffic report from Lynda Hopkins.
- The Skatespot Committee on their good news.
LRRMAC Vacation Rental Committee Report
The Lower Russian River MAC’s revised version as of 8/22/20
The report highlights Vacation Rental history, regulations, how to apply for a permit, data including the residents and home owners surveys’ answers, research from Sonoma and other counties and recommendations.
In researching the effects of vacation rentals on the lower Russian River community it’s easy to see how multiple conflicting issues come into play. How land use policy comes up against the need for revenue. How property rights square up with neighbor’s rights. How a lucrative hospitality industry, when inserted deep into an established neighborhood, can potentially impact the quality of life for those who live there year-round.
The quality of life issues mentioned above seem to be primarily focused around noise and parking issues. Aside from the occasional households that just don’t like strangers in their neighborhoods, those are the top two complaints. What happens as a result of those complaints is pretty much nothing apart from a letter sent to the owners. Therein may lie one of the problems.
Downtown Park Design Plan
Implementation of the park design features depends on two factors: solid community support and a successful fund-raising campaign. The FPA had hoped to present the park design status and our fund-raising plans in conjunction with a community town hall meeting in April, however, that meeting has now been cancelled. Nonetheless, we have a great park plan!
The below report is from May 2019’s Town Hall but the info still applies for the 2020 fire season.
Almost 200 Forestville residents attended the Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 19, 2019 to hear Forestville Fire Chief Dave Franceschi talk about Emergency Preparedness bringing examples of preparedness kits, emergency contacts, pamphlets, flyers and neighborhood maps. On hand were 6 other Forestville Fire Department’s crew. Get the resources you need. Read more…
L-R: Engineer Eric Gromala, Engineer Chuck Franceschi, Captain Michael Franceschi, Chief Dave Franceschi (Front), Firefighter Wiley Valley, Engineer Spencer Hansen, Captain Matt Eggleston
The West County Trailhead began on June 13 and will be done in two phases – Paved Trail Construction and then Wood Boardwalk Construction. This project includes completing the existing 13-mile West County Trail into downtown Forestville by constructing a 0.2-mile multi-use trail from Highway 116 to the current trail terminus near Pajaro Lane. Read more…
Regular Board meetings are scheduled every month.
Dates: Every 1st Tuesday of the month.
Anyone interested in attending is very welcome.
Contact: Board President Lucy Hardcastle for more information.