Current District Projects
Vineyard Community Center, Aquatic Center and District Support Facility Project
The District's design team of Monighan design, The HLA Group, and the Aquatic Design Group finalized the construction drawings for the Vineyard Community Center, Aquatic Center, and District Support Facility located on Waterman Road, north of Vintage Park Drive. The plans were put out to bid and construction began in the fall of 2015 and will continue through 2017.
The project consists of three components; a community center, an aquatic center, and a support facility. The new community center will include approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of building space and an outdoor event patio. The aquatic center complex includes approximately 4,500 sq. ft. of building space, a 6,500 sq. ft. competitive swimming pool, and a 4,500 sq. ft. zero-entry recreation pool. The new District Support Facility will include a 6,500 square foot building with a yard for equipment and materials storage. Click here for more informaiton.
Rainbow Park Community Garden
The District completed the first phase of the Community Garden at Rainbow Park located on 42nd Avenue just east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Stop by and see what's growing! Community gardens provide residents a place to grow their own vegetable or flowers, interact with their neighbors, and share gardening tips and advice. Plot rentals for the year begin February 1st. Call (916) 422-7610 x17 for more information about the garden and register for next year!
Master Plan Update
The Southgate Recreation & Park District continues moving forward with its Master Plan update. The District hosted public workshops that provided an opportunity for residents to share their vision for the District's future. It was great to see our residents taking the time to participate in such an important process. Many of the ideas generated focused on expanding programs at our community centers, improving amenities at our existing parks and pursuing environmental sustainability throughout the District.
Olde Florintown Parking Lot Design
The District received grant funding from the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) to redesign the Olde Florintown Park Parking Lot at the corner of McComber Street and Florin Road. Improvements to the parking area include drainage, asphalt paving, landscaped islands, and perimeter planting beds. Construction is currently underway for this phase of the project.
The County will also construct street frontage improvements along Florin Road in parallel with this project. Planned features include a detached sidewalk, landscape plantings, street trees, decorative fencing, and a plaza with seating and a 40-foot high water tower monument. This monument area is part of the enhanced streetscape planned for Florin Road and serves as a focal point in the Old Florin Town Area which will orient visitors and residents to this unique community and promote a pedestrian presence in the area. Phase I of the streetscape construction occurs from Pritchard/McCurdy to McComber Street and includes a traffic signal at the corner of Florin Road and McComber Street to serve the businesses and park users.
Vineyard Road Bridge Replacement at Laguna Creek
The Sacramento County Department of Transportation will replace the Vineyard Road Bridge at Laguna Creek in the Vineyard Community of South Sacramento County. The new bridge provides a number of benefits such as: raising the bridge and roadway to clear the 100-year flood event; adding shoulders and sidewalks for bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrian riders; and increasing accessibility for persons with disabilities.
Southgate planning staff worked with the County to minimize impacts to the Laguna Creek Parkway and to enhance the safety and accessibility for bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrian riders using the Parkway trail system. Work is currently underway for this project and due to be completed by summer/fall 2016.
Gateway Safety Project
The County of Sacramento and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency completed preliminary designs for pedestrian/gateway improvements at two prominent locations within the South of Florin Planning Area (SoFA). These include the corner of Florin Road and Florin Mall Drive and the corner of Florin Mall Drive and 66th Ave.
The 66th Ave. location involves frontage improvements at the Jose Rizal Community Center and the Southgate Library. These gateway locations were identified within the South of Florin Area Infill Development Plan and were proposed to serve to orient visitors and residents and reinforce SoFA as a unique community. The intent of this first phase of improvements is to make enhancements to the public realm that are visible to the community and promote pedestrian and bicyclist presence in the area. The planned gateway improvements include: pedestrian crosswalks, accessible curb ramps, decorative permeable concrete plaza paving, and concrete seat walls.
Florin Creek Drainage Improvements
Florin Creek drainage improvements will include widening and concrete-lining Florin Creek as well as installing flood walls. The project will also repave and install fencing along the existing bicycle path between Persimmon Avenue and Highway 99. Construction of the$ 7.1 million project will commence in May of 2016. The project is the result of a joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.
North Vineyard Station Drainage Master Plan
The North Vineyard Station Drainage Master Plan is a Sacramento County Department of Water Resources document that outlines the flood risks for the North Vineyard Station Specific Plan Area. It identifies construction necessary to support gravity drainage of ten year storm events and protect planned development from a 100-yr flood event. A large component of the plan includes widening and rerouting Elder Creek, between Florin Road and Elk Grove Florin Road, and Gerber Creek, between Vineyard Road and Elk Grove Florin Road.
The Southgate Recreation and Park District is participating in the planning of this project because, once complete, Elder and Gerber Creek will each meander through 225' wide open space corridors owned by the District. In addition to providing passive recreational open space, each corridor will house a multi-use trail corridor suitable for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrian riders. This trail network will serve as an off-street transportation system linking several planned parks in the North Vineyard Station Specific Plan area.
To learn more about the North Vineyard Station Drainage Master Plan, visit the County webpage: http://www.waterresources.saccounty.net/Pages/NVS-DrainagePlan.aspx
Vineyard Point Basin & Trail
The Vineyard Point Basin is a flood control and water quality basin designed to support development of the Vineyard Point project and other construction in the North Vineyard Station Specific Plan area. It is located at the junction of Gerber Road and the California Central Traction Railroad. The Southgate Recreation and Park District partnered with the Sacramento County Department of Water Resources to build a bicycle/pedestrian trail along the rim of this basin and a stretch of Gerber Creek. Construction of the trial is complete, but the trial will be improved with lighting, benches, and an array of tree planting and landscaping. These improvements are anticipated from the fall of 2015 to spring of 2016. In time, the basin trail will connect to others planned along Elder and Gerber Creek. See additional details under the North Vineyard Station Drainage Master Plan (link to other page).
Florin Creek Park Multi-Use Basin Project
The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), the City of Sacramento and the County of Sacramento are working to minimize flood hazards in the Parkway Estates area and surrounding neighborhoods by constructing two storm water detention basins at Florin Creek Park. Construction on this project will be starting this week and lasting through October 2016. The first phase of the project is the removal of many trees, because the land will be reduced by up to eight feet and they will not be able to survive. The project will then sit idle until the end of the rainy season when construction of the basins and flood control improvements can begin. The landscaping and re-planting of trees to replace the previous trees, will take place at the end of the project.
The primary objective of the Florin Creek Park Multi-Use Basin Project is to provide off-stream flood control storage in conjunction with the United States Army Corps of Engineer's Florin Creek improvements upstream of Franklin Boulevard. Once constructed, these basins will significantly decrease the flood potential of Florin Creek. The two basins will be integrated into the park and offer enhanced recreational amenities. The park's overall acreage will increase by 2.8 acres. Additional sports fields and new interior park sidewalks and pathway lighting with ADA access will be added. The existing nature area and pond on the south side of the park will also be expanded.
Kingsbridge Open Space Preserve
The entirety of the Kingsbridge Open Space Preserve will soon be owned and managed by the Southgate Recreation and Park District. Located in the vicinity of the Churchill Downs community off of Waterman Road, the Kingsbridge Open Space Preserve protects vernal pool and grassland species. The preserve was established in 2003 by J R Horton as mitigation for development of the Churchill Downs project. The District currently owns approximately 11 acres of the open space area, but as a condition of their mitigation, J R Horton was required to own and monitor an additional 17 acres of the preserve in order to meet certain habitat metrics. The monitoring period is complete; therefore, J R Horton will transfer the remaining 17 acres of property to the District. The District will then take ownership of the Kingsbrige Open Space Preserve, which will total close to 30 acres once consolidated, to ensure consistent management of the property and continue to maintain access to connecting District paths and parks.
Yoshino Property Expansion to Fruitridge Park
In April 2014 the District purchased property next to Fruitridge Park off of Mendocino Avenue. Inclusion of this property will eventually add approximately 1.5 acres of land to the Fruitridge Community Park. Before the property can be planned for public uses, the District must clear the site of the original homes, sheds, and a well house.
The District is also cooperating with Sacramento County regarding an ongoing water treatment and monitoring program to clean groundwater contamination. The District's involvement includes allowing access to the property to take ground water samples and water samples from an inactive well in the center of the property.
District Administration Headquarters Bicycle Lockers
The District installed bike lockers at the District Administration office located in Sheldon Park. The lockers will have the capacity to securely store up to four bicycles. This project also includes planting a shade tree to replace one that was removed and extending walkway access to the District flag pole on the eastern side of the administration office building.