Cosumnes CSD board approves $8 million purchase for future park | News

A 100-acre community park is proposed for Elk Grove’s southern border along Kammerer Road. On July 20, the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) board voted unanimously for district officials to finalize an $8 million purchase of two agricultural lots for the park.

“It is on the way to development,” CSD director Gil Albiani told his colleagues. “It’s in the right place for whatever kind of park you want to develop in the future.”

Both lots are outside the Elk Grove city limits and are near the corner of Kammerer Road and Promenade Parkway. Although this site is outside of Elk Grove, it is still within the CSD’s service area, the district’s Parks and Recreation Administrator Phil Lewis told the Citizen.

The park site is comprised of a 94-acre lot owned by the Alan C. Wackman Land Trust and a 6-acre lot owned by the Wackman Family Trust, according to the Sacramento County Assessor’s Office.

This potential park neighbors Lent Ranch, McConnell Estates Winery and the developing community of Sterling Meadows.

Sky River Casino is slated to open a few blocks north of the site in September. The proposed Sacramento Zoo home is also near the 100-acre site.

If approved and built, the community park will be smaller than the 122-acre Elk Grove Regional Park located along Highway 99.

CSD General Manager Joshua Green noted the proposed park’s proximity to the casino and potential zoo.

“It’s a great area for activities and entertainment,” he told the Citizen.

CSD parks staff believe the community park is necessary to serve Elk Grove’s growing population, which is estimated to reach 291,000 by 2050, according to the Elk Grove Climate Action Plan. More than 178,000 people currently live in that city.

“With this increase in the number of residents we will be serving, it is important to ensure we provide a suitable park for those future generations,” said Paul Mewton, head of planning, design and construction for the CSD.

The 2018 CSD Parks and Recreation Master Plan aims to provide five acres of parks for every 1,000 residents in the district’s service area.

“The purchase of this 100-acre property will allow the district to increase access to nature in our growing community as well as improve acres per park compared to the national average,” a CSD staff report stated.

CSD officials plan to finance the $8 million purchase of the park site by spending $5 million in debt financing and $3 million in park impact fees and Quimby fees. They will also spend $400,000 in Quimby fees to pay for additional expenses such as property appraisal and closing costs, according to a CSD staff report.

Green told the Citizen that his staff will work with the community to see what park amenities they are looking for.

“We try very hard to engage with the community in any planning process for the park,” he said. “Obviously, we’ll assess the needs of the park, but we’re also thinking about fire coverage and what it looks like. It’s a good investment in the future of the community.”

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