Is Skyline Wilderness Park being actively included in the Napa County housing element for the state as a 100-unit housing site?
Skyline Wilderness Park is an 850-acre park that was once a part of Napa State Hospital grounds. Currently, the park is leased for 50 years (until 2030) by the County from the State and is administered by Skyline Park Citizens Association, a non-profit citizen’s group. In all documentation with the state, it is simply described as state-owned surplus property on Imola. What is not said is that the 5-20 acres at risk are a multi-use area that hosts large group events, including scouting, camping, equestrian events, emergency response training, and indigenous gatherings. Its use also finances between 25-50% of the upkeep of the entire park.
There is no other park like Skyline in our county. It is a place that brings a wonderful diversity of people and interests together. We are not opposed to the much needed affordable housing, but a community park, our only such park, should be protected, and not included as an option for development.
Citizens saved Skyline Wilderness Park from development in the early 1980s, and now citizens need to come forward and protect the park in its entirety yet again!