The first phase of this project was completed and opened to the public in September 2022. Several future phases are in the planning stages and shall be completed as funding permits.
A Park With Purpose
Utilizing green infrastructure approaches, the Elk Grove Nature Park located behind the Cosumnes Community Services District Administration Building at 8820 Elk Grove Boulevard manages stormwater runoff, provides wildlife habitat, promotes environmental awareness, and contributes to the wellbeing of our Elk Grove Community. See the full conceptual design.
Over 120 community members provided feedback on the conceptual plan by submitting an online survey regarding amenities they would like to see included in the park. The Nature Park design team conducted a virtual event on May 28, 2020 to share more information about the project and answer questions. A recording of the virtual event can be watched on Facebook. The feedback received from both the survey and the virtual event influenced the final master plan of the nature park.
Rain Garden Volunteer Day
On May 8, 2021, a combination of District Staff and volunteers installed a new rain garden at the Elk Grove Nature Park site. Over 300 plants were used to create this beautiful piece of green infrastructure, including drought-tolerant varieties of achillea, agave, aloe, lomandra, penstemon and salvia.
Prior to the event, Urban Rain Design and the California Student Leadership in Green Infrastructure worked to remove the existing turf. They also created a depression to retain storm water on site by first removing, and then grading the remaining soil.
Green Infrastructure in Parks
Green stormwater infrastructure in parks offers an effective way to positively impact environmental and social change. Projects can mitigate the effects of climate-related weather events, improve community health, increase access to green space and nature, and provide opportunities for education, employment and social inclusion.
Green infrastructure uses natural processes to filter and slow the flow of stormwater to protect communities from flooding and restore waterways. Examples of green infrastructure projects include rain gardens, bioswales, constructed wetlands, daylighted streams and permeable pavements.
This site in Elk Grove received grant funding through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Great Urban Parks Campaign. The Great Urban Parks Campaign aims to demonstrate the social and environmental benefits of green stormwater infrastructure in underserved communities — including increased public access to recreational opportunities and access to nature via parks.
For more information about the Great Urban Parks Campaign, visit NRPA's website. To learn more about the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure in parks, watch this video:
SMUD Shine Award Partners
This project received grant funding from SMUD for the construction of ADA-accessible pathways near wetlands. The Shine Award contribution will enhance the educational curriculum and bring inclusivity to this natural habitat. Thank you to our partners!