Melanie Parker

Deputy Director of Sonoma County’s Regional Parks, Melanie Parker, will speak at the Petaluma Arts Center on March 7 from 7 to 9 pm. Speaking, as the title implies (“Why Parks Matter”), about the impact of the county’s parks and protected areas, Parker will share her experience in taking care of parks and how they have positively impacted the community.

Artist Mary Fassbinder’s “National Parks Plein Air Project” is currently on display at the Petaluma Arts Center, with 60 paintings of every single U.S. National Park. And for those that are inspired by Fassbinder’s work to seek out the true beauty of nature, local parks may bring to light the significance of equally beautiful areas within Sonoma County. Petaluma is home to two regional parks: Helen Putnam Regional Park and Tolay Lake Regional Park. These parks are just two of 54 regional parks.

Parker plans to speak on why putting time and effort into these community spaces is key to a healthy habitat. To read more on Parker’s inspiration, visit David Templeton’s Argus-Courier article on the speech.