Archive for the ‘Steele Lane Park’ category

Neighborhood Picnic Postponed

September 18, 2007

The neighborhood picnic announced previously for September 23 has been postponed, most likely until next spring. We hope to have the event coincide with the arrival of the new playground equipment, but it’s looking like work will occur this winter and early spring. Stay tuned for a new date.


General Meeting and Picnic

July 12, 2007

Mark your calendar for September 23 when the North JC Neighborhood Association will hold its annual picnic at Poppy Creek Park (aka Steele Lane Park). We’ll be out there from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and will also hold our general meeting at that time. More details to follow. Come on out and meet your neighbors!

Playground Equipment Meeting

July 12, 2007

After a series of meetings and planning with neighborhood parents, Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks will be presenting the plans for new playground equipment for Steele Lane Park (aka Poppy Creek Park) on Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 a.m. Come on out to the park if you’d like to see the plans. Last we heard, work will begin this fall.

Explore Poppy Creek

May 21, 2007

Explore Poppy Creek as it winds its way through the JC neighborhood and into our own North JC neighborhood via Long’s parking lot.  Thanks to the fine folks from LandPaths and Alistair Bleifuss, Creek Steward for the City of Santa Rosa, this great tour will allow us to learn more about what we can do for the two urban creeks (the other one is Paulin Creek) that flow through our neighborhood.  This 2-3 mile urban walk & talk will finish with a picnic dinner and possible project in Steele Lane Park, (hopefully soon to be renamed Poppy Creek Park).  “Poppy Creek Park” is located behind Steele Lane School at the end of Schurman Dr. off of Rowe Dr.

Meet at the park on Thursday, June 7, 5:30 p.m., The City will provide Rosie the Trolley to shuttle us to the start of our walk near the rural cemetery.  If you would like to join us, drop a line at or call 707.524.9318 and you will be provided details on where to meet, what to bring, etc. We should be done by 8:00 p.m.

Planting Poppy Creek

March 11, 2007

Poppy Creek workday

Thanks to Landpaths IOOBY (In Our Own Back Yard) program along with the City of Santa Rosa for coordinating a workday on Poppy Creek in Steele Lane park on March 7. Twenty sixth graders from Hidden Valley School teamed up with twenty third graders from neighboring Steele Lane Elementary to plant native plants along the north bank of the creek. The morning activity forged some bonds between the children and their local environment, and also brought out some neighbors to help with the project. Thanks to all who participated!

Updating the Playground Equipment

March 5, 2007

Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Department is working on a project to update the playground equipment at Steele Lane Park and have prepared preliminary plans based on neighborhood input thus far.  Plans include accessibility to play area (a path to and around the playground); swings and play sets for school and preschool age groups; and possibly a net climber.

SR Rec and Parks hope to have the project underway by summer of 2007, with completion slated for September 2007.  To enable this schedule to stay on track, we can help by reviewing the plans and giving final comments that could be incorporated into the playground plans.  Rich Hovden, Parks Project Superintendent of the SR Rec and Parks Department, who is spearheading the effort, has agreed to meet up with NJCNA members and other interested community members on Saturday, March 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, on-site at the park.  Please join us to look at the plans in process and to share your ideas.

Another meeting will also be held on Saturday, March 31, at 2:00-3:00 p.m.  So please join us then to support SR Rec & Parks and our neighborhood in putting finishing touches on the plan.  Let’s help them build consensus toward a plan that meets everyone’s needs.

Poppy Creek Stewardship

February 10, 2007

At our January 18, 2007, Membership Meeting, LandPaths talked to us about the Poppy Creek Stewardship Program – part of their IOOBY (In Our Own Backyard) free educational program. They take children out 4 times per year to an adopted Open Space District property and to stewardship (for Steele Ln. they do their stewardship at Poppy Creek). Stewardship at Poppy Creek has been going since 2004. Otters and red-shouldered hawk sightings prove the importance of this habitat. March 7 is the next stewardship date for our neighborhood to be involved. Volunteer base would be great to water during the summer and do other maintenance.