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Elk Grove Opens Nature Park

The City of Elk Grove Opens New Nature Park

Residents in Elk Grove and surrounding areas now have a place to experience nature and wildlife habitat. The city recently completed a 2.7-acre park on its wetland environment.

Elk Grove Nature Park is the city’s 102nd park and lets visitors enjoy a small grove that includes walking paths, a boardwalk, and a bridge over a future vernal pool.

Location of Elk Grove Nature Park

Elk Grove Nature Park is located at 8820 Elk Grove Boulevard behind the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) administration building. The park is near Clarence Baker Park, Jessie Baker School, and the Project R.I.D.E. Arena, which provides educational and therapeutic equestrian activities for students with disabilities.

Staff members at CSD held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 19 to commemorate its completion. CSD’s director Rod Brewer said the board plans to increase urban forests and wildlife habitat while reducing stormwater runoff at their parks and facilities. He said it is part of their larger effort to promote environmental climate and awareness relating to the well-being of the Elk Grove community.

First Phase of the Project

According to a Cosumnes Community Services District staff report, the first phase of the park’s completion costs $521,600, paid by state parks grants, SMUD, and other fees collected by CSD. The District plans to raise funds for future amenities like an agricultural garden, a playground area, and a building that houses a nature center.

Other features and amenities at Elk Grove Nature Park include the following:

  • Accessible pathways
  • Benches
  • Bike racks
  • Bioretention swales
  • Boardwalk
  • Interpretive signage
  • Open space with vernal pool
  • Parking lot
  • Picnic tables

Park with a Purpose

CSD’s planning and construction chief, Paul Mewton, said the park was created with a purpose where people can learn and enjoy the natural world while also gaining knowledge of how our actions can impact the environment.

A biologist visited the park site and identified vernal pool areas with potential nesting sites for migrating birds and protected fairy shrimp. There are signs informing visitors about the local wetlands.

The Nature Park is a Community Collaboration

More than 120 community members collaborated to provide feedback in May 2020 on what they wanted the park to look like. The Nature Park Team conducted a virtual event to share information about the project and answer their questions. The feedback from the community helped influence the final master plan of Elk Grove Nature Park.

Future Projects for Elk Grove Parks

Listed below are some projects the City of Elk Grove plans to complete by the end of 2022.

Elk Grove Park

  • Upgrade and level the softball and baseball infields before the start of the spring season
  • Fill and level the decomposed granite walking paths
  • Renovate the restroom roof at the softball complex
  • Refurbish wooden picnic tables throughout the park
  • Seal and stripe parking lots
  • Pain curbs and gates
  • Fix cable fences and posts along paths and roads
  • Perform road base maintenance
  • Renovate landscape to replace missing or poorly performing plants

Bartholomew Sports Park

  • Upgrade and level the softball and baseball infields before the start of the spring season
  • Add engineered wood fiber to the playground to maintain a safe depth
  • Reseal the restroom floors
  • Replace shade sails
  • Maintain the irrigation wells and pumps
  • Perform synthetic turf field grooming
  • Renovate landscape to replace missing or poorly performing plants

Camden Lake

  • Inspect, clean, and repair the irrigation intake screen
  • Harvest aquatic weed
  • Renovate landscape to replace missing or poorly performing plants

Rau Community Park

  • Upgrade the irrigation system
  • Repair playground
  • Renovate the multipurpose field
  • Renovate the landscape to replace missing or poorly performing plants

Watch YouTube Video: Elk Grove Bike Park. In the video below, Good Day Sacramento reports from the Bike Park at Elk Grove Regional Park to showcase how hard volunteers have worked to get the park in good condition.

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