The Open Space Committee's first successful land purchase project occurred in 1982, soon after the Committee was formed in 1981. Now known as Kite Hill, this hilltop 1/4 acre lot, located at the highest elevation in San Anselmo (730’), was owned by the Marin Municipal Water District. The District had intended to build a domestic water tank at the crown of the hill, which has panoramic views of the Bay Area. When the tank was deemed unnecessary, the MMWD offered the property to the Town of San Anselmo for a price of $10,000.
The Open Space Committee swung into action and organized the fund-raising to acquire this small but stunning property. With financial support from the Town, the Sierra Club, the Sleepy Hollow Homeowners Association, the County of Marin, The Trust for Public Land and a number of citizens, the land is now public open space. Hal Brown, who at the time was a new member of the Board of Supervisors, was also a key supporter of the project.
Kite Hill is located off Oak Springs Drive at the border with Fairfax. A visit to the top of Kite Hill reveals the dramatic landscape of the Ross Valley and beyond, and why preserving land in its natural state is such an imperative.
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From the Hub, proceed west on Sir Francis Drake. Turn right on Butterfield Road. Turn left on Woodside Drive and follow it to Oak Springs Drive. Turn left and park safely beyond #170. Walk up the driveway between #168 and 170 and follow the fire road to the summit of the hill. This access crosses a private drive, so please respect the residents’ property and privacy.
DOGS: Dogs are permitted off leash. Do not allow your dog to chase wildlife or harass other park visitors. Please clean up after your dog. Poop bags and a trash can are at the entrance. No water is available.