The Town has received numerous complaints from community members using Memorial Park for recreational activities who have felt unsafe and witnessed reckless behavior by large groups of teenagers and pre-teenagers on electric bikes (e-bikes). The youth have reportedly been racing through crowds of people at high speeds. Last weekend was opening day for baseball and softball, with multiple games and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly refurbished athletic fields. The festivities were marred by a senior citizen being knocked over by an e-bike rider and many other people feeling concerned for their safety because of the unruly use of e-bikes in the park.
Due to this alarming uptick in risky and aggressive behavior by e-bike riders in Memorial Park resulting in safety issues and concerns, the Town has increased enforcement at the park. E-bikes are prohibited from being operated in Town parks. The Town had previously focused on deterring e-bike riders from riding on the newly refurbished playing fields, but due to the recent safety issues related to reckless e-bike use throughout Memorial Park, additional resources will be used on enforcement.
Increased Enforcement Memorial Park rules and regulations state that “No motorized vehicles are allowed” in the park. Failure to comply with this rule shall constitute an infraction, except that the fourth and any additional violations within one year shall constitute a misdemeanor. (SAMC § 11-1.02). An infraction may result in issuance of an Administrative Citation which carries fines beginning at $100 and increasing to $500 per violation as described in Town Resolution No. 4271. (SAMC § 1-6.01). Enforcement officers will contact a minor’s parent or guardian, who will ultimately be held responsible for the violation.
E-bike riders may walk their bikes through Memorial Park on the paths. Non-motorized bicycles are allowed on the paths at a safe speed. No bikes are allowed on the grass fields at any time.
The safety and welfare of our entire community is of utmost importance in all Town community public spaces.
The Town will host a Community Forum to address these and other issues related to youth at Memorial Park. This forum will take place on Saturday, April 22 at 11:00AM in the Vista Room at the Isabel Cook Community Center at 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
For more information about e-bike state, county and San Anselmo laws and regulations, please click: HERE
The Town Council will be discussing the following items at their next Council meeting on March 28, at 7:00 pm.
Mayor's Proclamation Recognizing March as the American Red CrossMonth.
Council Agenda includes:
Special Event Application: Friends of Robson Spring Fundraiser 2023 - May 7, 12:00-6:00pm
SpecialEventApplication:ChamberofCommerce’sSipn’StrollFundraiser 2023 - May 13, 4:00-7:00 pm
Receive presentation by the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District on the status of the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction (SAFRR) project.
Receive introduction of an Ordinance Amending the Town’s Single-Use Foodware RegulationsandApproveanAgreementwiththeCountyforEnforcement.
Receive the 2023-2025 Work Plan Priorities Draft to review and provide Input at a FutureMeeting.
Consider options related to the interview andappointment processes for Town Boards, Committees and Commissionsand provide direction to staff.
Consider to reappoint (2) two incumbents to the Economic DevelopmentCommitteeand(1)oneapplicanttotheParksandRecreationCommission.
The full agenda and further information can be found on the Town website: HERE
Please add your email to receive notifications and agendas for the Town Council meetings or any other Town public meetings: HERE
Creek Park News: County presentation at
Town Council Meeting
rescheduled for March 28
Representatives from the County's Flood Control and Water Conservation District were unable to present an update on the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction (SAFRR) project to Town Council at the meeting on Tuesday, March 14 due to illness. That presentation has now been rescheduled for the upcoming March 28 Town Council meeting.
For more additional information regarding the closed Creek Park plaza, go to the Building Bridge #2/Creek Park Update page on the Town website, or click HERE
For information about the Reimagine Creek Park project - please click: HERE
Please note that Creek Park is still open: This includes the Redwood grove picnic tables. You can access Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge from San Anselmo Avenue or from Center Avenue and Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Additionally, the Town has created a larger parklet with picnic tables in front of the closed plaza, along San Anselmo Avenue. Lights and umbrellas will also be installed soon.
Town Council Discussion of County Foodware Ordinance
At the March 28, 2023 Town Council meeting, staff will present the first reading of a foodware ordinance modeled after the County’s foodware ordinance that was adopted last year. If adopted by the Town Council, the ordinance would replace the Town’s existing foodware ordinance and allow the County to handle the enforcement of the ordinance on behalf of the Town starting on November 10, 2023. The proposed ordinance covers all entities selling prepared food to the public in the Town including restaurants, grocery stores and delis, bakeries, carry-out, quick services, farmers markets, food trucks, and any other business that requires a health permit.
For more information about the County’s foodware ordinance, please visit their: Reusable Foodware webpage. The Town’s current foodware ordinance can also be accessed: Here. For additional information visit the Single Use Foodware Regulations page:HERE
Study Presentations: The Hub Transportation Study was presented to the San Anselmo Planning Commission on March 6, 2023 and Town Council on March 14, 2023. At that meeting, Council gave direction to staff to pursue several alternatives.
Next Steps: Staff will return to Council for approval of next steps for each potential alternative. Parisi will also present their findings to the TAM Board (who funded the study) and seek further funding for the next phases.
For additional information about the Hub Study, visit the Town website page: HERE
Come and learn about the basics of pruning ornamental small trees and shrubs including: why we prune, the must-have tools, and the 3 basic cuts which are used.
The workshop will start with a talk, followed by a demonstration. Participants will then have the opportunity to try out the 3 basic cuts themselves. Bring hand pruners if you have them.
The workshop is a joint venture by members of the UC Marin Master Gardeners’ Pruning Guild and the Elders’ Garden, a mostly California native plant garden, which is owned by the Town of San Anselmo and was created 20 years ago by volunteers.
Parking: Park in the lot behind Memorial Park, by the Log Cabin.
Note: Rain will cancel the event
Arts Commission featured in The Richies 2023 videos by Archie Williams High School students
On Friday, March 3, students from the ComAcad (Communications Academy) program at Archie Williams High School (AWHS) held a screening of videos they've created, each focused on a local non-profit. The event, called The Richies(short for Community Enrichment Rewards), takes place once a year.
AWHS students have worked hard communicating, filming, and editing these short videos for important organizations that bring peace and love to the community.
"Stroll Through San Anselmo’s History" Walking Tours Return!
The Historical Commission is excited to again sponsor its popular free walking tour through downtown. Travel back in time with Dick Miner and other members of the commission to learn about San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role the railroad played in the development of the Town, and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue.
Tour dates for 2023: April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, and October 14. Meet Dick at Creek Park at 9:00 a.m. The tour ends at the Historical Museum for refreshments. No reservations are required.
Spring into Reading: Adult Virtual Reading Challenge
March 6 -- April 30, 2023
Spring into reading with the San Anselmo Public Library! Log your reading on Beanstack and attend library programs throughout the challenge to earn a new set of colorful badges. Sign up on Beanstack and start reading today: https://townofsananselmo.beanstack.org/
Beanstack is an online and mobile app you can use to track your reading and participate in challenges and programs from your San Anselmo Public LIbrary. Earn spring-themed badges for logging your reading and completing activities. Sign up today at townofsananselmo.beanstack.org
Violin and Cello Spring Concert
Friday, April 7 - 12:00pm noon Library Reading Room
Spring is here! Join us for a violin and cello concert with the Forget-Me-Knots, Charmian Stewart and Amanda Craver. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Can’t make the concert in-person? Click here to watch virtually on Zoom!
Marin Water Wednesday, April 5 - 6pm Library Reading Room
Join us for a presentation from Marin Water about their work to protect wildlife and our drinking water from the dangers of wildfires. Discover how Marin Water’s imperative forest restoration and vegetation management efforts in the Mt. Tam watershed are vital to Marin County.
Pam Jenoff, author of Code Name Sapphire
Tuesday, March 28 at 4:00 pm
Join us for an exciting trip through time as we chat with New York Times bestselling historical fiction author Pam Jenoff about her newest book, Code Name Sapphire! Inspired by incredible true stories of courage and sacrifice, Code Name Sapphire is a powerful novel about love, family and the unshakable resilience of women in even the hardest of times. Register for this virtual author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sananselmolibrary/24846
Town Books: Spring 1/2 Price Sale!
March 22 - April 1Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
CELEBRATE SPRING! Shop our store-wide sale! You’ll have eight days to relax and browse our 4,000 gently-used books in a wide range of categories, CDs, DVDs, Audio books, and some rare and special books, too. Give yourself a spring treat, tell a teacher, or get a gift certificate for a friend or loved one. While you’re in the store, immerse yourself in the beauty of Marin through paintings by Connie Kirk, now on display and for sale, prices as marked.
TOWN BOOKS 411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo HOURS: Wednesday–Saturday, 10:00am–4:00pm INFO: 415.526.3791 townbooks.org
Town Books is run by the Friends of the San Anselmo Library - all profits are donated to the San Anselmo Library.
Free Hot Water Heater Assessment & Other Ways to Reduce Household Emissions
Heat pump water heaters are a climate-friendly alternative to gas water heaters. But most gas water heaters are replaced when they fail, with another gas one, locking in years of greenhouse gas emissions. Getting a free assessment is a great first step to be ready to replace your gas water heater.
Landscape Equipment Ordinance and Leaf Blower Rebate Program
San Anselmo passed an ordinance that will prohibit the use of gas-powered landscape equipment as of June 1, 2023 for residents, and January 1, 2024 for commercial landscapers. Further details about the ordinance and upcoming launch of the landscape equipment trade-in and rebate program will be made available on the Town website.
To apply for the rebate, you’ll first need to go to the Landscape Equipment Information page on the Town website to get instructions on dropping off your gas blower, and to download and complete the rebate application that provides further details about the program.
This will be our 5th year of enhancing the Avenue with beautiful hanging flower baskets from May - October.
The flower basket program is a volunteer effort and relies on donations from the Town, the merchants and the community. Each year these baskets draw such an overwhelmingly positive response that we are committed to keeping them going. We are especially grateful to have Ed Healy (aka "Indy") on our team to water the baskets every day.
A special thank you to the Town of San Anselmo and the Chamber of Commerce for their support and donations. And also to the residents and merchants who have supported us for the past four years. We couldn't do it without you!
San Anselmo's Boards,Committees and Commissions provide a vital link between Town government and the community for gathering public input, reviewing projects and making recommendations on key issues. If you are interested, we encourage you to submit a completed application and you will be scheduled for an interview with Town Council. Positions will remain open until filled by Town Council.