In 1964, when one of the earliest State Park Bond acts was passed, a decision was made by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to use the funds to build a restroom at Faulkner Park in Boonville and to eventually develop the Low Gap property into a regional County park. However, by 1973, when the County Parks Department was created, nothing had yet been done with the funds allocated for Low Gap, and it became the Park Director's first duty to proceed with the
Low Gap project.
Development of the park continued beyond the initial construction of restrooms and a parking lot, with the help of funds acquired under the State Park Bond Act, the Roberti-Z'Berg Grant, and the Land and Water Conservation Act. (The latter two grants were competitive grants requiring County match funds.) With this financial assistance, the County was able to reconstruct and develop several recreational facilities.
Park Location: Low Gap park is located in the west hills of Ukiah, just across Low Gap Road from Ukiah High School. This 80-acre park is
situated along Orr Creek, one of the three major streams in Ukiah and an
important tributary of the Russian River.
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Despite the extensive recreational development, the park's primary attraction is its location along Orr Creek. Orr Creek is an important tributary of the Russian River, and is also one of the three major streams which run through the city of Ukiah. Because public access to any of these streams is severely limited, the access to Orr Creek is one of the principal public benefits of the park. The upper reaches of the park serve as a "woodland preserve." The many nature trails allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the area in its natural state.
Features and Facilities: There is something for everyone at Low Gap Park! At the entrance of the park, there are tennis courts and a small playground. As the path leads you to the interior of the park, you will see a disc golf course; Harrison Grove (a covered picnic area); and an amphitheater perfect for small concerts, plays, and other performances. As you explore the park, you will also find a second playground, a fenced dog park, an archery range, horseshoe pits, and much more. Public restrooms are also available. For those wanting a more "natural" experience, hike up to the upper reaches of the park — various trails lead visitors through the undeveloped "woodland preserve" areas.
NOTE: Vehicle access to the upper portion of Low Gap Park can be arranged during regular working hours (M-Th/8-5) by contacting GSA.
Reservations: Reservations for the amphitheater and Harrison Grove (picnic area) may be made by contacting General Services Agency staff. Rates are as follows:
- Amphitheater: $30.00 per day, plus 10% of gross ticket sales (if applicable). There is also a refundable $20.00 key deposit.
- Less than 50 people: $20.00 per day. There is also a refundable $20.00 key deposit.
- More than 50 people: $30.00 per day. There is also a refundable $20.00 key deposit.
841 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 234-6050; (707) 463-4673-fax