Neighborhoods of San Rafael
San Rafael has many unique and great neighborhoods. The Federation's Steering Committee is comprised of leaders from a variety of neighborhoods. Here's a brief introduction and links to their respective websites and contacts.
The Bret Harte Community Association, in existence for over 50 years, is a neighborhood organization that supports approximately 500 residences, with the purpose of bringing the community together.
The BHCA is funded by neighborhood and community donations. A $10/year per household donation is suggested, however, all activities are available to all neighborhood residents regardless of donor status. The many accomplishments of BHCA are achieved solely through volunteer efforts.
Go to the Bret Harte website: www.bretharte.org/
Dominican Black Canyon
The Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Association (DBCNA) serves the neighborhood east of Highway 101 that surrounds Dominican University and extends into Black Canyon (Mountain View Avenue). The area includes older homes, built in the 1800’s, newer homes, as well as homes that were built on the site of the historic Hotel Rafael, which burned to the ground in 1928. Part of San Rafael’s “banana belt,” the area has a mediterranean climate good for year-round gardening. The DBCNA focuses on building community connections, improving safety, and enhancing the neighborhood. The DBCNA website is at: http://www.dominicanareanews.com
Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association's Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of each month. Many activities and events are managed by the Association and range from social and community building to preservation and improvement projects. Every year, the neighborhood collaborates with the City of San Rafael on major cleanup and Earth Day events. Our neighborhood has strong ties to its historic roots of architecture, enjoys great diversity, one of San Rafael's best parks and close-in to downtown walkability. For more information and contact emails, please visit www.gerstlepark.com
Embraced by the ridges of China Camp State Park, the Glenwood Neighborhood is nestled on the shore of San Pablo Bay where it receives the first rays of the new day. The marine climate is influenced by San Francisco Bay, so there is a 3-5 degree difference between downtown. Residents have easy access to hiking trails, enjoy wildlife and migrating waterbirds, while windsurfers and recreational fishermen utilize our shoreline.
Our neighborhood boasts of Glenwood Elementary School, a National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School; Church of the Redeemer; and Victor Jones Park. A new, exciting renovation plan for Victor Jones Park is currently underway in collaboration with the city of San Rafael. The Glenwood Homeowners' Association, a voluntary board of Glenwood residents, has established a website, www.glenwood94901.org , as the main vehicle for communications. It offers neighborhood news, emergency preparedness information, youth job opportunities, advertising space for Glenwood-based businesses, games and more. We also provide welcome baskets for new neighbors, and organize a number of events during the year, including our renowned Easter Egg Hunt.
Lincoln San Rafael Hill
The LSRHNA is the area North of Mission Street, west of Highway 101, South of Fair Drive, and East of the San Rafael Hill.
Our Mission is to build a sense of community within our neighborhood. We provide a forum to voice concerns, review information, current events, and resolve local issues, affecting our community. We represent your concerns for the community and present them to the city and county government to affect change.
Visit our website: http://www.lsrhna.com/
The Montecito Area (Happy Valley) is one of San Rafael's oldest neighborhoods, with elegant historic homes and a diversity of business, community, and school activity. At the MARA home page you'll find links to archived newsletters and articles that feature some of our city's more interesting and lesser-known history, from decades past to recent times. The Park-Jewell Triangle beautification project is one example of a community beautification project sponsored by MARA.
Montecito Area Residents Association (MARA) Home Page is http://www.montecitoresidents.com/
West End Neighborhood Association
The West End neighborhood is located on the west end of San Rafael. It spans both sides of Fourth Street (the “Miracle Mile,” where the train tracks ran from West Marin to San Rafael) from the basin to the ridgeline. Our neighborhood is also the west entrance to the eclectic West End Village shopping district on Fourth Street. Founded in 1977 as a non-profit, non-partisan association, WENA is dedicated to fostering community and to enhancing the quality of life for our residents, both homeowners and renters. To contact WENA go to: www.wenaonline.org
Additional neighborhoods represented by FSRN: