The Town of Windsor has an excellent civic reputation and image. The Town is highly regarded and continuously finds innovative ways to improve the community's quality of life. This endeavor has enabled the Town to receive a number of awards and recognitions, including healthy community, best land use design, environmentally conscientious and best place to work.
The Town of Windsor creates community through people, parks and programs. The Town offers quality housing, ranging from affordable to high-end residential neighborhoods, and from single family-homes to condominiums and apartments. View a list of current Major Housing Projects here. There are five community parks including the Windsor Town Green, a skate park and a regional Soccer Park, over 14 neighborhood parks as well as three large regional parks offering an enviable variety of team, cultural and recreational activities.
With a keen emphasis on family and community values, Windsor is making another transition that will further set it apart from other cities and towns as it becomes known for sports competitions and healthy, active living. Boasting a population of nearly 27,000 (5,300 of whom are in elementary, middle and high schools) the community has responded to the need for parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and Boys and Girls Clubs. The town has a proud list of local baseball, football, basketball, soccer and swim teams in addition to other sports groups. Windsor is also becoming a cycling center with numerous races and weekend Wine Country touring excursions supported by local clubs. The availability of bike rentals at hotels and at the Windsor Bicycle Center supports the demand for family cycling.
The Town of Windsor is located in the heart of wine country and is the jumping off point for the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley wine regions. Hundreds of friendly wineries, family farms and "farm-to-table" restaurants are within an easy drive. Stroll the Town Green for a farmers market or a local restaurant and try wine at local tasting rooms. Be sure to stop by the Visitors Center for the latest updates - it's in the railroad station on the west side of the Town Green. Located in the heart of Old Downtown at 9001 Windsor Road on the Town Green, the Visitors Center contains a host of information about local attractions, restaurants, wineries and lodging.
Throughout its history, Windsor has evolved with the times and changed its direction based on market preferences and the needs of its residents. Originally the town was known for its prunes, hops and other agricultural commodities produced for local populations. With the coming of the railroad in 1877 Windsor had a strategic transport link to distant markets helping to fuel growth and encourage new enterprise. Today the greater Windsor area, and Sonoma County as a whole, has successfully reinvented itself as a winegrowing region with more than 260 wineries, placing it on a par with Napa County and distinguishing it as a major destination for travelers. 32 wineries are located within a five-to-ten minute drive from Old Downtown Windsor.
The town has been located along a Northern California railroad corridor for over a century. The arrival of the SMART passenger train, along with commercial rail freight service, is destined to achieve another significant change in the way people work, play and travel, while also helping to limit greenhouse gases and enable people far and near to experience drive-free access to Windsor.
Sources: www.townofwindsor.com | www.windsorchamber.com