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The funding sources upon which CSD relies to maintain the 10 parks, trails and streetscapes in this part of Elk Grove – known as “Benefit Zone 3” – is insufficient to cover increasing costs for water and services. This budget shortfall could not be closed with the use of reserve funds as it has been since 2009. As a result, CSD had to reduce staffing hours and contractor services effective July 1, 2018 to save approximately $129,000, almost enough to close the funding gap. The balance of the FY 2018-19 deficit ($79,362) will be covered by reserve funds.
Residents in the Elk Grove West / Vineyard Park area can expect the following reduced services through, at a minimum, the current budget year, which ends June 30, 2019:
Moreover, CSD will not have funds to replace damaged equipment, such as basketball hoops and play structures. Additional service-level cutbacks may be necessary if assessments are not increased.
The following parks in Benefit Zone 3 will be impacted:
Although funds are available for park construction for the development of three new parks, CSD cannot move forward with construction until assessments increase to provide an adequate source of funding for ongoing maintenance.
Landscape and Lighting (L&L) assessments paid by property owners are the predominant source of funding to maintain parks, including replacement of equipment, restroom cleaning, tree service and sport court resurfacing. These assessments are collected in 13 “benefit zones” throughout the District. There are also four “overlay zones” in which smaller segments of property owners within one of the 12 benefit zones have voted to pay an additional assessment to fund maintenance at park facilities within a smaller area.
Each benefit zone has a unique assessment. The annual assessment in Benefit Zone 3 for FY 2018-19 is about $132.25 per Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU).
Under California law, assessments may not be increased by CSD without the approval of a majority vote of property owners in that benefit zone. These votes are conducted by mail and the votes are weighted based on the total amount of assessment. But without support at the 50 percent + 1 threshold, reductions need to be implemented and development of new parks will be indefinitely postponed.
Assessments are used to fund activities within each zones such as the salaries of Park Operations staff, services such as landscape maintenance, restroom cleaning and tree service, and a small portion of administration overhead. In zones that are adequately funding, projects such as replanting, sport court resurfacing and furniture replacement are also funding. Those well funding zones also set funds aside for future asset replacement such as playgrounds and shade structures.
Funding challenges in Benefit Zone 3 is not new. In 2009, property owners were given an opportunity to approve higher assessments to offset funding shortages for maintaining parks. They overwhelming rejected the proposed assessment increase. In November 2017, CSD conducted a survey among owners of all single- and multi-family and commercial properties in Benefit Zone 3 to determine whether they would support an assessment increase. Because the survey results were well below the minimum threshold needed for approval, CSD decided to not proceed with a vote.
Residents surrounding Jordan Family Park passed an additional assessment of $194.91 in 2009 when the initial funding shortfall was identified. As such Benefit Zone 15 – Vista Creek, was created to maintain the park at a normal level. We call these additional assessment “overlay zones” which supplement the original budget zones.
Not at this time. Eleven of the 12 benefit zones are currently funded at sufficient levels to pay for watering, maintenance, equipment replacement and other services. In Benefit Zone 3, low assessment rates were established about 20 years ago but have not been increased since 1997, except for adjustments tied to the CPI (0.50–2.5 percent in past five years). There is also a funding shortfall in Benefit Zone 6. Because the shortfall in this zone is less severe, the service reductions are less drastic as compared to service cuts currently being experienced in Benefit Zone 3.
The insufficient funding in Benefit Zones 3 and 6 do, however, have an impact on districtwide facilities, such as Elk Grove Park and Bartholomew Sports Parks. Because all benefit zones contribute to the maintenance of these districtwide facilities, improvement and revitalization projects are limited as the two benefit zones cannot afford to pay their portion.
The basketball hoop at Amundson Park was damaged by vandals and had to be removed. Unfortunately there are no funds for asset replacement. As assets become unsafe, staff will remove equipment, and it will not be replaced until additional revenue is recognized.
One solution would be for a weighted majority of property owners in Benefit Zone 3 to support increasing their L&L assessments to close the gaps between expenditures and assessment revenues. Increased assessment funding would be used to restore the cutbacks in service levels and put these benefit zones on a more sustainable financial path to maintain existing and new parks. The other solution would be to create “overlay assessments” for smaller areas within Benefit Zone 3 focused around specific parks. These assessments would only benefit these parks.
The CSD has been successful at increasing assessments in other Benefit Zones when residents ban together to form a community champion group to help educate fellow neighbors about park funding, and the current lack of funding. The CSD will work with these community champion groups on educational material, and community meetings. Once there appears to be enough community support, staff can present the information to the Board. The desired outcome would be a successful ballot vote.
Parks and Recreation Department phone number is 916-405-5300.
Administrative Services Department phone number is 916-405-7150.
For questions regarding other local services, such as law enforcement, water, sewer, and roads, please contact the City of Elk Grove at 916-683-7111. For customers in unincorporated areas, please contact the County of Sacramento.
There is a large parking lot adjacent to the facility and parking throughout Elk Grove Park.
From Stockton: - Highway 99 north to Grantline Road Exit - Grantline "north" right turn onto Survey Road, which dead ends into course parking lot approximately 1 mile
For the Golf Course a set of clubs is $11 to rent. For the driving range we have a bag of free single clubs available next to the golf ball machine.
We have a variety of snacks, grab n go foods, and soft drinks available for sale.
We have both mats as well as a grass area for the driving range. The mat area also has a cover so you can practice all year rain or shine!
We have range cards that give a bigger discount the higher the package amount.
During the fall/winter the driving range is open till 8:00 p.m. On Sundays the driving range is open till 7:00. During the spring/ summer the driving range is open till 9:00 p.m.
We offer four different levels of Get Golf Ready Classes. These range from beginner to intermediate level of players.
During the summer the golf course offers a Monday Twilight League. This is a handicapped coed league for 16 weeks and holds a bbq/raffle prizes at the end of the season. We also offer a ladies mentor league on Fridays all year except winter. This is an evening league focused on getting women more comfortable on the golf course.
The Golf Course has The First Tee, US Kids Golf, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, and PGA Junior League.
We offer private lessons for junior, adult, senior, and semi-private players. These can be single half hour or one hour as well as package series in single and group form.
You may attach a resume and cover letter; however the information on the resume cannot substitute for and portion of the completed application.
Human Resources will review all the information you provide; however, your minimum qualifications must be clearly stated on the application form. Failure to include requested information (including writing "see resume" on the application in area of experience) will result in rejection of your application. Without accurate and complete information, we will not be able to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualifications for the job.
All individuals are encouraged to apply for employment with the Cosumnes Community Services District. The District is an equal opportunity employer. This means that we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, handicap or national origin. Women, minorities and the disabled are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Human Resources Dept. at least five working days before a scheduled interview/examination if you require reasonable accommodation in the testing process.
Try not to be discouraged by the length of time taken in the recruitment, or if you do not get hired the first time around. We know that the hiring process in the public sector seems like a long time; however, we want sufficient time to evaluate everyone fairly and find the best person for the job. The time and effort are worth it. If you are not chosen in your first attempt, try again. Candidate pools are different in each recruitment and as you become more familiar with the process, you will be more at ease with successive efforts. Don't give up!
The District also receives development fees and parkland dedications from new residential developments for the construction of parks; ambulance transport fees; plan check fees; recreation fees and Lighting and Landscape Assessment fees.
Their hours are 8 am - 5 pm
Please list all paid work experience, licenses, professional affiliations, classes you have taken, training you have received, applicable volunteer work and any other special qualifications you possess which relate to the position for which you are applying.
Part time experience will be prorated accordingly.
The District complies with the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986. If offered a position, you will be required to present identification and/or work authorization paperwork. Only documents identified in law or regulation are acceptable.
After you have been offered and have accepted a position, be sure that you understand when you will begin, where and to whom you will report on the first day, and whether there are any other steps the hiring department would like you to take before starting work. Be sure to get the telephone number of the person who contacts you for hire in case you have further questions.
A Benefit Zone is a geographic area within the Cosumnes Community Services District. Property owners within a Benefit Zone have access to parks, trails and streetscapes within close proximity of their property. To locate your Benefit Zone, refer to the CSD Benefit Zone Map.
L&L Assessment funds pay for the maintenance of parks, trails and streetscaped areas within the District. L&L Assessment funds are collected in 16 benefit zones annually through your county property tax bill. Funds may only be used within the boundaries of the benefit zone where collected and on District-wide functions, which include Elk Grove Park, Bartholomew Sports Park and Camden Creek Greenbelt.
Park Maintenance Funding 101 is a FREE seminar for residents who want to better understand park and public landscape funding. The seminar will be offered at the Wackford Complex on two dates: Wednesday, August 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 from 9 – 11 a.m. Advanced registration is required. Sign up online!
Park Maintenance Funding 101 flier
Questions regarding your L&L Assessment should be directed to the CSD at 916-405-5305.
Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex 9014 Bruceville Road Elk Grove, CA 95624 Open Daily, 8am – 8pm Fax: (916) 405-5659
CSD Administrative Office 9355 East Stockton Blvd, Ste. 185 Elk Grove, CA 95624 Open Monday – Friday, 8-5pmFax: (916) 685-6942
•Rentals involving fees for participation, selling of commodities, amplified music (e.g. live bands or DJ setups), entertainment attractions (e.g. bounce houses, climbing walls), or sales of food and alcohol may be considered Special Events rather than Picnics. Special Events are subject to a different approval process and require a minimum of 90 day’s notice. •Park staff is not available for loading and unloading any type of equipment. •All equipment used during the picnic site rental must be removed from the site during the time allotted in the rental contract. The CSD is not responsible for damage or theft of items left by the rental party or services contracted by the rental party. •Portable toilets (porta potties) can be provided for an additional fee and must be arranged through the CSD. CSD staff will assist in placement of the porta potties. Placement will be made as close to the site as possible without causing damage to CSD property. CSD staff will not prevent the use of the units by the public. •The CSD reserves the right to cancel all activities if the activities differ from what is stated in the rental application and / or the renter does not meet contractual terms, the rental will be cancelled without a refund. •Dogs must be on leashes and kept with owners at all times. Dog owners are required to immediately clean up after their dogs. •The renting party is responsible for securing and posting all required licenses / permits. •Sub-leasing to another individual or party is strictly prohibited. •CSD District properties, including picnic sites, are regulated under Ordinance No. 15. Copies are available on the CSD website at www.yourcsd.com •Available parking is not guaranteed and may be limited. •Security may be required for events held at any CSD facility or CSD outside rental space. The rental party will be notified of security charges upon contract signing. •All trash must be placed in receptacles provided. The CSD will provide additional trash liners if needed. •A minimum of one adult must be at your booked site no later than Noon. Reservations cannot be guaranteed after that time, if nobody is at your site by Noon the reserved picnic site will be released. •In the event of undesirable weather, including park closures, the CSD will not be responsible for the interruption to the event. The CSD reserves the right to close a park or facility due to unsafe conditions or inclement weather.
We limit the guest list to 30 guests maximum, including hosts, parents and children. If you have over 30 guests, you must purchase a second party. Party’s with attendance higher than 60 guests (2 parties) may want to consider a Private Pool Rental.
Anyone who is attending the party is considered one of the 30 guests. This includes the main contact, the guest of honor, children and any guest that enters the facility. Children under the age of 2 years old are not considered one of the 30 guests.
Registration for residents will begin April 11 and non-residents on April 25. Parties are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, so book your party early either over the phone or in person. Pool parties must be booked at least a week prior to your party date.
Payment for your party is due in full at time of registration. You may pay over the phone or in person with card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), cash, or check.
The Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex is open from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Friday, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. All guests are allowed into the facility when we open, regardless of party time. The host/hostess may enter the party area 30 minutes prior to party time to set-up. Pool Party host/hostess and guests enter through the Pool Party entrance located to the right of the main entrance.
A Private Splash Party is an option on Saturdays and Sundays which allows the private use of Splash Island, the round 1 foot 4-inch deep pool with a play structure. It is recommended for parties with children under age 6. The party is held from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. before opening to the public. Guests will use the pool deck permanent canopy next to Splash Island and will include tables and chairs for 30 people. This package does not include pizza, tablecloths, plates, cups, or napkins. All guests will be able to stay and enjoy Recreation Swim after the conclusion of the party from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., however must vacate the canopy by 11:30 a.m. Please keep in mind that while there is private use of Splash Island, the remainder of the facility will be open for other programs.
Everyone who is on the guest list of 30 may check in at the pool party entrance located to the right of the Aquatic entrance. Look for a door with a blue canopy and a whiteboard displaying the names of the guests of honor for that day. Please make sure you have provided a list of all 30 guests with first and last names at least one week prior to your party. Our staff members use your list to check guests in and allow them into the facility.
The 30 guests are considered entries into the facility. Anyone age 2 and older that enters the facility is counted as part of those 30 guests, regardless of whether or not they plan on swimming. The fee charged to patrons of the Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex is an entrance fee.
Additional canopies can be brought into the facility but cannot be setup alongside the canopy provided by CSD. Guests are welcome to set up outside of the pool party area, such as the grass area next to the concessions stand, or on the grass behind the pool party area. Please be respectful of other parties and understand that if your party time is over we ask that you set up the canopy at least 10 feet away from the party canopies.
The facility does not have heating or cooling storage available for pool parties. We are not responsible for your food or other belongings and do not have the ability to store them for you. Items such as cake and ice cream will need to stay with you at your pool party area. We suggest avoiding ice cream or having a family member or friend bring it right before it is time to eat.
CSD staff members set-up of the canopy, tables, chairs, and table settings. Drinks and pizza purchased with the Adventure Package will be delivered to your canopy by CSD staff. Unfortunately, CSD staff members are not able to help with loading or unloading of your car or equipment, or serve any food that is not purchased through the CSD.
For Jr. NBA and She's Got Game leagues, the first two practices will be held on Saturday. After that, practices will be on a weeknight.
Please call our Hotline at 916-405-5688. Calls are answered 24/7 and run on sprinklers are one of our top priorities.
Call our Maintenance Hotline at 916-405-5688 to report the issue or access the
Sprayground Parks are open daily from 10am to 8pm from May through September.
For more information, access the Elk Grove City Special Waste Collection Center.