The Trust for Public Land will buy San Geronimo Golf Course in Marin

November 15, 2017
San Francisco

The San Geronimo Golf Course is on track to become Marin County’s newest park after the Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of the 157-acre property this week, The Trust for Public Land said Thursday.

“The unanimous decision by the Board of Supervisors will forever protect this treasured place for everyone to enjoy and will restore spawning grounds for endangered salmon,” said Guillermo Rodriguez, California State Director for The Trust for Public Land.

The future of the golf course was thrown into question this year as it was prepared for sale. Independent, expert analysis indicated the golf course was unlikely to survive at the location so The Trust for Public Land acted to ensure the community could continue to benefit from the land and control its future use.

“One of the biggest mistakes any of us can make is not taking an opportunity when it arises.” said Marin County Supervisor Dennis Rodoni. “…Thanks to The Trust for Public Land we have an opportunity to open up this property for all walks of life.”

Under the plan approved this week, The Trust for Public Land will pay $8.85 million by the end of 2017 to buy the property and will own it until Marin County, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, raises the money to buy it at the same price.

“We are inspired by the passion and engagement of so many people around the future of their land,” said Brendan Moriarty, Senior Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land. “Thousands of citizens discussed the opportunity with their neighbors, wrote to the paper, spoke to their elected officials and attended public meetings, and we applaud the Board of Supervisors for carefully listening to all perspectives.”

The commitment to community decision-making will continue under the plan approved this week. Marin County will soon begin an extensive process to engage the community in the development of a restoration and reuse plan for the property.

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.