Construction is underway for the permanent access trail improvements and related work for Fitch Mountain. The project components include:
A sustainable trail access from the Lower Villa parking lot to the existing fire access road/trail on Fitch Mountain.
A bridge system to cross the seasonal stream
Low-gradient trail for ADA access
Information kiosks and interpretive signage
Dog Park improvements (see more information below)
Funding for the project is from multiple sources:
State of California via the Coastal Conservancy: $1,650,000
Sonoma County "Measure M" Regional Park Funds: $380,000
State of California Prop 68 Per Capita Grant: $185,530
City of Healdsburg: $561,570
Future work will include installation of flush toilet restrooms when funding becomes available.
Fitch Mountain Villa Trail Access Closed August - October, 2023
With construction activities that includes the use of heavy equipment and hauling of materials, we are required to close all trail access from the Villa Chanticleer lower and upper parking lots, along with trail access from North Fitch Mountain Road. The main trail and all connection trails will be inaccessible during construction. To ensure your safety, please do not proceed past the closure signage and do not cross construction fencing.
During Fitch Mountain’s construction activities please join us at the 155-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve located off Parkland Farms Boulevard and Arabian Way. Keep an eye out for the fascinating wildlife, including an otter residing in Fox Pond. www.healdsburg.gov/healdsburgridge
Villa Dog Park Improvements
An important component of the overall Fitch Mountain Access Improvement project includes improvements to the Villa Dog Park to address ADA accessibility, ongoing erosion issues, and general aging of the facility. The planned work includes:
Redesigning the entrance area with new ADA access, signage, people water fountains, and associated improvements
Installing ADA accessible walkways
Relocating and improving the pet water fountain area
Drainage improvements and erosion control
New commercial-grade shade structures, benches, and picnic tables
The Villa Dog Park will need to be closed during construction. The City will be working with the Dog Park Committee to identify and establish a temporary location for the Dog Park during construction. More information will be posted here, on the City's social media, and at the Dog Park when we know the construction timeline.
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Aerial View of Improvements
Plan View of Improvements
Example of Amenities (Actual Amenities May Be Different)