Located on the border of a bustling downtown district and historical West Side neighborhoods of Petaluma, Walnut Park was first dedicated in 1969 and today remains a popular place for families to congregate and play.
Originally developed as a Vietnam War memorial, the park serves as a reminder of local friends and residents of Petaluma who gave their lives in order to protect our freedom and way of life. The park had fallen into some disrepair over the years, so Rotary Club of Petaluma approached Michael Cook about renovating the community amenity to coincide with the club’s 90th anniversary. Michael did not hesitate to volunteer his services pro bono, as he has many years of service with multiple chapters of the organization.
Rotary’s goals and focus were refurbishing the park’s Victorian gazebo, adjacent landscape and children’s play equipment. Firma Design Group designed a planting plan which specified appropriate plants, colors and patterns to honor the Victorian style of the park and was integral in coordinating landscape materials and estimates for the renovation. Rotary held a widely attended community celebration for the rededication of the park and the Club’s 90th anniversary in Petaluma in 2013.