Jul 152010
 

Just north of Petaluma as you head toward Santa Rosa, right off Highway 101, is Rohnert Park, the first planned community in the U.S.  Its tree-line boulevards and attractive neighborhoods are conveniently connected by bikeways and walkways. Rohnert Park was originally owned by the nation of the Coastal Miwok Indians. Later the land was the site of seed farms run by the Rohnert family. The farms were prime agricultural property and rivaled only by the gardens of Luther Burbank in importance.

With 40,000+ residents, Rohnert Park is Sonoma County’s third largest community. This family-oriented community offers more public and private recreational facilities and opportunities per capita than any other North Bay city, including 13 neighborhood parks, nine tennis court complexes, five swimming pools, two 18-hole golf courses and a community center with a sports complex.

Rohnert Park is also the home of Sonoma State University, which is part of the 23-campus California State University system. Sonoma State has a growing reputation as one of the better small universities in the state due to its small class size and a tradition of accessibility of professors. Sonoma State offers bachelor’s degrees in 33 fields and master’s programs in 13 fields. Visitors to the campus will enjoy the butterfly garden and native plant sanctuary, set beside the placid waters of geese and duck laden lakes.

Emerging in the heart of Rohnert Park, Sonoma Mountain Village is an award-winning, deeply sustainable community whose members live the ideals of sustainability to create a community that cares for and preserves Earth’s natural resources. Sonoma Mountain Village is the first community in North America endorsed by the prestigious international One Planet Communities Program. While there is still much to come, you can visit the village now and spend some time at Sally Tomatoes Cafe & Bar. They offer periodic live entertainment and a great spot to have your corporate event.

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