In the early 20th century, the area now known as Helen Putnam Regional Park was a quarry, sand, and gravel operation. The land was first acquired by the City of Petaluma in 1967 for $320,000 and was named after the first woman mayor of Petaluma and former Sonoma County supervisor, Helen Putnam. The park is located on the city’s western edge and covers 476 acres. It is adjacent to the Petaluma River and comprises a variety of habitats, including grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. There are also several miles of hiking and biking trails. Learn more here.
The park is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Wetland habitats are home to endangered species, such as the California red-legged frog. Some common species include the western meadowlark. Learn more about Shollenberger Park in Petaluma, California: A Nature Lover’s Dream.
Helen Putnam Regional Park is a beautiful and diverse park that offers something for everyone. The park also has a popular dog park.