2015 was a great year for American Canyon Parks and Recreation!
At the 2016 State of the City address, we unveiled our newest video outlining our 2015 accomplishments and a look ahead for projects coming in 2016 and beyond.
After years of planning, we kicked off the reconstruction of Kimberly Park. This project will resolve occasional flooding in the area during heavy rains by providing a basin to hold storm water. We are in the process of renovating the turf soccer fields and adding a restroom, parking lot, walking path and landscaping. The project will be completed and open to the public by August of 2016, just in time for soccer season.
In September, the American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation welcomed more than 200 people to a Sunset - Moonrise Hike on the autumnal equinox. Attendees got the chance to watch the beautiful sunset on their way out to the wetlands glass beach area. On their way back to the trailhead, they experienced the rare treat of watching the Blood Moon Eclipse. In October, the Pumpkin Patch in the Pool was a big hit! This event allowed kids the unique opportunity to swim while hunting for their Halloween pumpkin. The Foundation also funded a new water fountain at the Wetlands Edge trail head, which has become popular amongst thirsty walkers and their canine companions.
As always, the Spring Egg Hunt, Holiday Tree Lighting and 4th of July fireworks show and parade were great fun in 2015! We also added in a few new events this year. Nearly 300 young soldiers brought their nerf guns and battled in a specially designed Nerf Wars arena. May the Fourth Be with You was a huge hit! More than 300 Jedi, Storm Troopers and other champions of the Force joined in the celebration of all things Star Wars. In early 2015, we added a brand new bocce ball court to Veteran’s Park for all to enjoy. Just this fall, our new outdoor and environmental programs began with an acorn planting and hike at Newell Open Space and Audubon Society bird walks at the Wetlands.
We finished off the year with our First Annual Snow Day at Shenandoah Park. Though we expected a crowd of 1,500 people, we were happily surprised with a turn-out of 3,000 snow bunnies! The event featured a 1,600 square foot snow play area and 800 square foot sled hill. Next year’s event will be even bigger and better.
As we head into 2016, we are happy to present the projects and programs we have in the works.
This summer, look for the American Canyon Boys and Girls Club to break ground on their new clubhouse. The new clubhouse will replace the familiar and aging modular buildings at Community Park 2 on Benton Way. The new 15,000 square foot building will include a drop-in center for kids of all ages, teen center, nutrition center and kitchen, community room, technology center, game room, arts and cultural center, education center, and early childhood center. The City is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club for construction of the community room, which will provide the much needed space for us to expand our evening and weekend recreation classes and programs.
To be sure we are using our water wisely, the Parks and Recreation Department has a goal to save 35 million gallons of potable water annually by completing several water conservation projects. In 2015, we converted the park irrigation at Tower Park, Shenandoah Park and Silver Oak Park to recycled water. In 2016, look for landscape conversions along American Canyon Road, Newell Drive, La Vigne and along Wetlands Edge. To date, we have saved 16 million gallons of water. We are well on our way to meeting our goal.
We are currently finishing plans to fill a one-quarter mile gap in our trail system between Silver Oak Park and Silver Oak Trail. The trail is expected to be complete by summer. The trail will allow our community to walk or ride from the high school to Highway 29, keeping people safely away from the bustle of American Canyon Road.
The recently completed Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment showed tremendous need for more picnic shelters! Reservations for our popular picnic shelters fill up fast, and we agree more shelters would be a great amenity. Look for more shelters to appear at several park locations this summer.
Clarke Ranch is composed of 27 acres near the Wetlands Edge Trail Head. Clark Ranch is owned by the City, and has been dedicated to outdoor and park-related uses. The City will be working with the community this year to create a master plan for this land, which will likely include environmentally-oriented amenities. By the end of the year, we hope to adopt a completed, long range plan for the property that will include a site plan with proposed amenities, design and construction budget, operational budget, and a phasing and timing plan.
American Canyon Parks and Recreation continues to evolve and grow. With so many exciting accomplishments and projects on the horizon, we encourage you to get active and involved with one of our many events or activities.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there – parks are fun!
To find out more about our parks and programs, visit our Parks and Recreation home page.