Marsh Creek State Park

State Park and Recreation Commission Approves General Plan, Certifies EIR and Names New State Park

At the January 27, 2012 public meeting, the California State Park and Recreation Commission approved the General Plan and certified the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the park property formerly known as Cowell Ranch/John Marsh State Historic Park.

In a separate action, the Commission named the new park Marsh Creek State Park.

A Notice of Determination (NOD) for the final EIR was filed with the State Clearinghouse on February 1, 2012.

PUBLIC NOTICE - CA State Park and Recreation Commission Meeting

The California State Park and Recreation Commission will meet on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 9 a.m. in the Community Room of the City of Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street, in Brentwood, California. Agenda items include consideration and possible action on the following Department of Parks and Recreation recommendations: Naming of the state historic park property known as Cowell Ranch/John Marsh as Los Meganos State Park, and Approval of the general plan/environmental impact report for this park. The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible.
January 26-27, 2012 - Brentwood, CA
Public Notice of the meeting

Final EIR – Response to Comments on the Preliminary General Plan and Draft Program EIR

The Preliminary General Plan and Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was available for public review for 45 days, beginning October 25 and ending December 9, 2010. The official public review and comment period is now closed.  Copies of the Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR are posted below.
Comments received during the document review period have been compiled and responses to these comments have been prepared. The Final EIR-Response to Comments document containing the department’s responses to all public and agency comments is posted below.

Public Meeting
A public meeting to present the preferred alternative and environmental analysis took place Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the City of Brentwood, Senior Activity Center, 193 Griffith Lane, Brentwood, 94513. Newsletter #3 – Fall 2010 provides additional information about the meeting. The meeting summary is posted below.

Project/Site Description
The Cowell Ranch/John Marsh State Historic Park encompasses nearly 4,000 acres of natural habitat, wildlife, and unique cultural features, including the historic John Marsh House.  Through the efforts of concerned citizens, as well as The Trust for Public Land and other public entities, this is one of California’s newest state parks, although not currently open to the public.

The California State Park and Recreation Commission on May 4, 2007 classified this unit as a State Historic Park. The final unit name has not been determined.  “Cowell Ranch/John Marsh” is the working name during the planning process.  The park is expected to be officially named upon the completion of the general planning process, allowing opportunities for public input and consideration of alternatives.

Partners in Park Planning
In a collaborative partnership, California State Parks and the City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department are working together on a joint planning process to prepare a general plan for the future development of Cowell Ranch/John Marsh SHP.  Working together with the community, this planning process will provide recommendations for the future treatment and use of the historic John Marsh House, public recreation access, and natural and cultural resource management, as well as set guidelines for implementation of a long-term vision for the park so it can be enjoyed for years to come.

California State Parks
Planning Division
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 
Phone: (916) 653-9901

For questions or comments about the General Plan Process:
California State Parks
Diablo Vista District – Bay Sector
96 Mitchell Canyon Road
Clayton, CA 94517
(925) 673-2895