Utilizing green infrastructure approaches, this future nature park located behind the Cosumnes Community Services District Administration Building (8820 Elk Grove Blvd.) will manage stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, promote environmental awareness, and contribute to the wellbeing of our Elk Grove Community. See the full conceptual design.
Over 120 community members provided feedback on the conceptual plan and what they want to see in the future nature park by completing an online survey. The Nature Park 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 virtual event will help influence the final master plan of this nature park.
Green Infrastructure in Parks
Green stormwater infrastructure in parks offer 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 is receiving 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:
Questions? Contact the CSD Park Development staff.