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Welcome to the Town of Fairfax Open Space Committee (FOSC)

To preserve the visual and environmental values of our community through the purchase of undeveloped land in and around Fairfax.  Our goal is to provide sanctuary for indigenous flora and fauna for future generations. 

You can now donate online to FOSC!  Click on the donate button below - by doing so you will ensure that FOSC will have funds available to preserve and acquire open space in Faifrax!

Also see FOSC Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/FairfaxOpenSpaceCommittee

What's New! 

JOIN FOSC ON APRIL 26 at 1pm - Celebrate Fairfax’s acquisition of the Upper Ridgeway Trail!

The event will be held at the Upper Ridgeway trailhead at the top of Willow Avenue.  Preserving this trail ensures that all Fairfaxians, Willow Avenue residents and visitors will have access to these hills, and to the Hawthorne Canyon Open Space and the ridgeline trail system that runs through San Anselmo, Fairfax, Sleepy Hollow and West Marin.  Supervisor Katie Rice will be among the special guests attending.

SAVE THE DATE! FOSC BENEFIT CONCERT! MAY 4, 1-5 pm, PERI PARK, FAIRFAX! 

San Francisco's premiere Grateful Dead tribute band, The Eleven, will hold another FOSC benefit concert.  This is the third annual benefit concert presented by the band on behalf of FOSC and will take place outdoors, under the redwoods, on the stage in Peri Park.  The concert will be free with tax-deductible donations to the Fairfax Open Space Committee strongly encouraged.  This is a zero waste event.  Click here to view the concert flyer. There is no alcohol allowed in the park.  For more information about The Eleven, go to http://www.theeleven.net/

Save the Date!  Iron Springs FOSC Fundraiser! Tuesday - June 17, 2014 Details to follow.


Upper Ridgeway Parcels! FOSC raised the funds - the acquisition is completed!

The Fairfax Open Space Committee (FOSC) has completed the acquisition of two parcels on Upper Ridgeway for Open Space for the Town of Fairfax.  View flyer by clicking here. FOSC has negotiated with the property owner for the purchase.  Thanks to all who donated! The property consists of two parcels that have been merged together, located on Upper Ridgeway Avenue (adjacent to 2 Upper Ridgeway Ave.); the joined parcel numbers are APN Nos. 001-193-07 & 001-193-09.  They now constitute one parcel totaling 16,416.0541 sq. ft. / 0.3769 acres. The property owner is also the owner of another vacant lot, APN No. 001-193-03 in the same vicinity (7680.5507 sq. ft. / 0.1763 acres). These properties, in excess of half an acre, are adjacent to and provide the community access to Hawthorn Canyon Open Space and also serve as a wildlife corridor.

Please donate to FOSC so we can acquire and preserve open space! Please make out your check to the "Town of Fairfax Open Space Committee."  This will ensure that your donation is used only for FOSC purposes.  Mail your check to: Fairfax Open Space Committee, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA 94930.  You now can also donate online to FOSC through the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST). MOST is also accepting online donations on behalf of FOSC - to donate online, go to http://marinopenspacetrust.org/ and then go to the upper right hand side of the page to click on the Donate button. Once you have clicked on it, you will be lead through a series of steps BUT make sure in the "Designation" box, please write "Town of Fairfax Open Space Committee."  This will ensure that your donation is directed to FOSC and will be used for FOSC purposes only.

The annual FOSC Jolly Hill broom pull was held on Sunday, February 16, 2014Click here for flyer. 

The FOSC TREASURE HUNT was held on Sunday October 27, 2013 - FOSC hosted a Fairfax-themed Treasure Hunt - a sliding scale fee of $20 to $50 was requested as a donation to the Fairfax Open Space Committee for each team or individual working to solve Fairfax-themed clues to answer riddles.  Prizes were awarded to the fastest teams and individuals who answered all the riddles correctly.  There was a raffle for additional prizes, and open space-themed gifts for all entrants.  Click here for the flyer.

Another FOSC fundraiser was held on July 21, 2013! You run - Fairfax Open Space wins!  Marin's newest all ages run took on July 21st - when you registered with the link in this e-mail, a portion of your registration goes straight to support Fairfax Open Space. Click here to get registered & support Fairfax Open Space: raceroster.com/events/2013/923/The-Marin-415-Mile-&-Miracle-Mile/?aff=F7ZNM. Funds will be used for acquiring open space – see Upper Ridgeway Parcels above.  This was the inaugural 415Mile & Miracle Mile run with an awesome post-race celebration on 4th Street in downtown San Rafael.  Participants are encouraged to wear tie-dye, bright-colors, or anything that shines.  Get a 10% discount when you register with a friend & enter the code 415TAM for a $5 discount.  Click here for the flyer.

FOSC Fundraiser at Iron Springs on June 18, 2013! Another successful FOSC fundraiser! On June 18, Iron Springs Pub and Brewery's Give Back Tuesday fundraiser benefitted the Fairfax Open Space Committee. Iron Springs donated 10% of its day's sales to the Open Space Committee. Marin Produce will contribute an additional 5% of daily sales, for a total of 15%.  The restaurant is open between 4 - 9:30 p.m. and the bar is open until about 10 p.m. Thanks to all who attended and enjoyed fine food and drink which beneffitted our open space in Fairfax!  See press release by clicking here.

FOSC Benefit Concert!  Memorial Day Weekend--Sunday, May 26, 2 to 6 pm--Peri Park in Fairfax - IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!!

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, a local Grateful Dead Tribute Band, The Eleven, will perform an outdoor concert in Peri Park to benefit FOSC.  A raffle will also be held with great local prizes - see below for donors!  All proceeds will be donated to FOSC for their efforts to preserve and acquire open space in Fairfax - proceeds will primarily be used for fundraising efforts to acquire the Upper Ridgeway Parcels (see above). 

A San Francisco-based tribute band, The Eleven, draws on nearly a century of collective musical talent and changing gear, sounds, vocals and dynamics in its precise approach to the legendary music of the Grateful Dead. The band is known for highly authentic concert performances that reproduce the sound, feel and vibe of specific eras in the Grateful Dead catalog. Click here for the concert flyer. Band members: Clint Bajakian, Nick Sandoval, Michael Land, Ryan Hickey, Paul Scannell, Paige Clem.  The concert is FREE with tax-deductible donations to FOSC strongly encouraged! This is a Zero Waste Event - there is no alcohol permitted in the Park.

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING DONORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS FOR RAFFLE PRIZES: 123 BOLINAS, FAIRFAX BICYCLES, FAIRFAX FRENCH LAUNDRY, FAIRFAX SCOOP, FAIRFAX VARIETY, GRILLY'S, GOOD EARTH, LIVE WATER SURF SHOP, M & G, PERRY'S DELI, RINGSEIS DESIGNS, SORELLA, SUNSHINE BICYCLES, FRANK & RONITA EGGER (CAZADERO WINE), JACK JUDKINS (BIKE TRAIL MAP), AND RALPH BENDER (ART PIECE)!

Former FOSC member appointed to the Town Council

On May 1, 2013, the Fairfax Town Council appointed Barbara Coler to the Council to fill the unexpired term of Pam Hartwell-Herrero who resigned in April.  Barbara will also remain as a liason to FOSC and as the FOSC webmaster for this website.  On November 5th, Barbara was elected to a full four year term on the Fairfax Twon Council.

Former FOSC member resigns from Town Council

Mimi Ryan Ryan O'Neil, former founding FOSC member, was elected to the Town Council in 2011.  Unfortunately, he resigned in early February 2013 as he and his family are moving outside Town limits, see http://www.marinij.com/fairfax/ci_22534677/oneil-resigns-from-fairfax-councilFOSC thanks him for his service to our town.  Ryan was presented a small token of our appreciation, a redwood tree, by Chair Mimi Newton at FOSC's February 26th meeting.

FOSC Postcard - Mailed to all Fairfax residents in December 2012. View postcard here. It's that time of the year! Please donate to FOSC by making out your check to the "Town of Fairfax Open Space Committee."  This will ensure that your donation is used only for FOSC purposes.  Please mail your check to: Fairfax Open Space Committee, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA 94930

FOSC EARTH DAY BENEFIT CONCERT was a huge success!!!  On Saturday, April 21, 2012, a local Grateful Dead Tribute Band, The Eleven, performed an outdoor concert in Peri Park to benefit FOSC.  All proceeds will be donated to FOSC for their efforts to preserve and acquire open space in Fairfax.  Thanks to all who participated and donated to FOSC.  A San Francisco-based tribute band, The Eleven, draws on nearly a century of collective musical talent and changing gear, sounds, vocals and dynamics in its precise approach to the legendary music of the Grateful Dead. The band is known for highly authentic concert performances that reproduce the sound, feel and vibe of specific eras in the Grateful Dead catalog.  Band members: Clint Bajakian, Nick Sandoval, Michael Land, Ryan Hickey, Paul Scannell, Paige Clem.  The concert was FREE with tax-deductible donations to FOSC strongly encouraged! This is a Zero Waste Event - There is no alcohol permitted in the Park.  See the concert flyer »Visit the Facebook event ».

Former FOSC Member Elected to Town Council!

Mimi Newton and Ryan O'Neil Ryan O'Neil was sworn in as a member of the Town Council on November 30, 2011.  Ryan served on FOSC for nearly 8 years, for many as the Co-Chair of FOSC. We will miss him but his many talents will benefit our town in his new role.   We thank Ryan for his many contributions to FOSC!  Our Chair Mimi Newton and Ryan had a photo taken at the December FOSC meeting to commemorate his service.  Sadly, on February 7, 2013, Ryan resigned from the Town Council as he purchased a larger home outside Town limits for his growing family. We thank Ryan for his many years of service to Fairfax.

FOSC "Priority Criteria for Protecting Open Space" - Resolution No. 11-54 »

On September 7, 2011, the Fairfax Town Council adopted a resolution which includes criteria FOSC may use to determine the priority of a property for potential aquisition as Open Space.  See the attached resolution with the criteria.