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Information About Sacramento Zoo Relocation Project to Elk Grove Released


The City of Elk Grove has released information about the financing for the $400M multi-phase project to move the Sacramento Zoo to Elk Grove, but questions remain.

California State Parks Recommends $6.7 Million in Grants for Local Recreational Trails


California State Parks has recommended $6.7 million for seven local nonmotorized trail projects in various cities, including Galt and Gilroy.

South Sacramento Park Receives $8.5 Million Grant for Expansion


Jack N. Sheldon Park in Sacramento’s Florin neighborhood is one of eight locations to receive funds from the California Statewide Park Program.

New Fitness Club Taking Shape in Citrus Heights


Renovation work at the 150,000-square-foot Sunrise Village shopping center continues, with the coming addition of a new fitness club.

Disneyland’s New Vision Includes Up to $2.5-billion Investment and Plan to Take Over City Streets


Disneyland’s plan to reimagine the theme park into a more “immersive” experience may require up to $2.5 billion and a plan to privatize some Anaheim streets.

Fourth Graders Might Lose Free Access to California State Parks


California’s projected budget deficit of close to $38 billion likely means some cuts are coming. Among them, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed ending the California State Park Adventure Pass, which offers free access to some state parks for fourth graders.

Advocates Want More Green Spaces in Black Neighborhoods


Some say the state is not developing and maintaining community recreational facilities equally. They point out that green spaces in neighborhoods where Black Californians live remain underfunded.

Advocates Urge Biden to Expand Berryessa Monument


Last year, environmental groups and tribes rallied behind a proposed expansion of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Expansion was tried through congressional legislation, but it stalled.

Yosemite Trying New Strategies to Reduce Food Packaging Waste


An estimated 100,000 pizza boxes have been removed from Yosemite’s waste stream. This is because the famed park now serves pizza on trays and puts to-go portions in compostable bags, part of a move to reduce food-related waste.

California’s First Black-led Conservancy Acquires Land in Placer County


The 40 Acre Conservation League has recently acquired hundreds of acres of land in Placer County, 70 miles northeast of Sacramento—a significant step toward making outdoor experiences more inclusive.

Utility Increases Loom for 16 Million California Households


Utility giant PG&E is set to raise its rates an average of 13% on Jan. 1. That equals an extra $32.50 a month, or $390 for the year.

Natural Resources Agency Launches Plan to Increase Outdoor Access in California


State and local leaders gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate a new plan that will increase access to the outdoors for all Californians, regardless of who they are or where they live.

How to Visit a California State Park for Free


A pilot program that allows Californians to visit many state parks for free—after checking out a pass from their local library—is helping increase access for more people of color and lower-income residents, according to research from the California State Parks Foundation.

Beachside Trail Close to Finally Getting Built on Central Coast


A beachside trail connecting the communities of Morro Bay and Cayucos could finally be built after 20 years. This happened after Chevron decided to sell land needed for the trail to be built.

What a Theme Park Giant Merger Means for California


Two theme park giants, Six Flags and Cedar Fair, announced they are merging. It could have potential impacts on California theme parks like Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Two Disneyland Voices Are Moving On


Camille Dixon, the announcer for Disney California Adventure, and her husband, Bill Rogers, the voice of Disneyland, are moving on from this work. They have been at the parks for more than 40 years combined.

Dry Creek Parkway Trail Project to Break Ground in 2025


​​The Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks is laying the groundwork for its Dry Creek Parkway Trail project.

California State Parks and Partners Launch ‘Arts in California Parks’ Program


Through this new program, artists, culture bearers, and California Native American tribes will be eligible to receive funding to create artwork throughout state and local parks.

How to Get a Permit to Cut Down a Christmas Tree in Northern California


Harvesting your own Christmas tree is a holiday tradition—and in the next couple weeks, permits to do so are opening up in forests throughout the state. Among them is the El Dorado National Forest.

New South Sacramento Trail Seeks to Expand Options for Transit


As part of the city’s effort to enhance infrastructure in underserved areas, Sacramento announced the completion of the South Sacramento River Parkway Trail West, which connects Meadowview to the soon-to-be-finished Del Rio Trail.

Ribbon Cut on Westside Park Improvements


The Rio Linda Elverta Recreation and Parks District unveiled the latest improvements to Westside Park, which include a sun shelter structure, a new restroom structure, new planting and walkways, and a cornhole court.

Vast Marine Sanctuary Proposed in Partnership with California Tribe


The Biden administration is one step away from designating the first national marine sanctuary nominated by a tribe. Tribal members of the Chumash, who have lobbied for the creation of this Central Coast preserve for more than a decade, would be involved in managing it.

Three Locations Within Rusch Park Considered for Amphitheater


A virtual meeting was held by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District on Thursday evening to discuss potential locations for a new performance venue that is being proposed by the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band.

Planning Underway for Outdoor Performance Venue at Rusch Park


A flyer posted on Sunrise Recreation and Park District’s website invites the public to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns on the construction of a new bandshell to be located at Rusch Park.

Chumash Tribe’s Vision for a Marine Sanctuary Could be Coming True


Some 7,000 square miles of ocean on California’s Central Coast could soon become the largest national marine sanctuary in the continental U.S. It could also make history as one of the first federal sanctuaries to be spearheaded by a Native American tribe.

Neighborhood Park Is Dedicated to Renowned Elk Grove Educator


The legacy of Arnold J. Adreani was celebrated when a neighborhood park was dedicated to him. The Elk Grove educator worked as the principal of Joseph Kerr Middle School for 26 years before dedicating much of his retirement to providing scholarships to local students.

Parks and Rec Waits for Impact of Field Reservation System


At its July 26 meeting, the Galt Parks and Recreation Commission discussed how to prioritize youth sports groups. Parks and Recreation Director Armando Solis said his department has developed a way for sports groups to reserve fields online.

When Will the New Nature Park in Citrus Heights Open?


A 23-acre open space park with a nearly mile-long paved trail through a new housing development off Arcadia Drive is expected to be completed in the fall.

Up, Up and Away With Yolo Ballooning Adventures


Morning dawns on a field bordered by residential homes a little over a mile north of Winters. Eight passengers approach the launch site where a hot air balloon will take them high above Capay Valley farmlands on one of the first perfect flying days of the year.

Hanami Line Project Recognizes Japanese Sacramentans


Next year, pink cherry blossom petals in Robert T. Matsui Park—a grove called the Hanami Line—will blanket the Sacramento waterfront. They’ll fulfill the promise of Japanese Sacramentans’ nickname for the city: Sakuramento, after the cherry blossom.

California Legislature Passes Joshua Tree Protection Law


California lawmakers passed the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, permanently protecting the iconic and imperiled species.

Jurassic World Live Tour Roars Into Sacramento


Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that brings the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans, will be roaring into Sacramento for the first time this summer.

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