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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 13 benefit zones have voted to pay an additional assessment to fund maintenance at park facilities within their immediate neighborhood.
Each benefit zone has a unique assessment based on the special benefit provided by its landscape amenities. 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 an amount greater than the annual Consumer Price Index adjustment without the approval of a weighted majority vote of property owners in that benefit zone. This process is conducted by mail, and each property owner's vote is weighted based on the total amount of the assessment on that owner's property. Without support at the 50 percent + 1 threshold, service level reductions need to be implemented, and development of new parks will be indefinitely postponed in an effort to maintain a balanced budget.
Assessments are used to fund activities within each benefit zone, 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 funded. Well-funded 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-family, 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 assessments “overlay zones” and they supplement the original benefit assessment.
Not at this time. Eleven of the 13 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 a funding shortfall in Benefit Zone 6, but because the shortfall in Benefit Zone 6 is less severe, service level reductions have been less drastic than those currently being experienced in Benefit Zone 3.
The insufficient funding in Benefit Zones 3 and 6 does, however, have an impact on district-wide facilities, such as Elk Grove Park and Bartholomew Sports Parks. Because all benefit zones contribute to the maintenance of these district-wide facilities, improvement and revitalization projects are limited at these facilities because Benefit Zones 3 and 6 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.
For up-to-date information on Bike Park closures, upcoming projects and news, please visit the Elk Grove Bike Park Facebook page.
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 is covered 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, with a bbq/raffle prizes at the end of the season. We also offer a ladies mentor league on Fridays all year except Winter December through February. 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 30 minutes or 60 minutes 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!
Each event and program offers a unique audience and various levels including in-kind opportunities - so there is an option for every business budget.
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We will do our best to accommodate requests, but they are not guaranteed. When registering online or with the front office; give the first and last names of all guests you would like to sit with. All requests must be mutually requested by all parties; only 8 guests to a table.
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
Job Opportunities are posted on our Employment page https://www.yourcsd.com/155/Employment. This page contains the list of current job openings. For each title there is a link to the actual job announcement and application. You may also call us at 916-405-7190.
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 Human Resources office is located at 8820 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove CA 95624.
Conditional job offers are made "pending" a TB test, and may include a DMV driving record, physical examination/questionnaire, background check and/or urine drug screening depending on the position. If you are working when you receive a conditional job offer DO NOT quit your job until you have been instructed to do so. Employment background, academic degrees, licenses, certifications and other credentials are subject to confirmation as part of the appointment process. 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.
Our objective is to hire the best person for the job, so competition is keen. If you are not immediately successful in getting a position, you may be considered for other vacancies that occur in the same classification. If you see that particular classification opened for a subsequent recruitment you must reapply. 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,disability or national origin. Please contact the CSD Human Resources office 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!
For the Cosumnes Community Services District, inclusion is the method by which all participants - with or without disabilities - are invited to participate in recreation services with or without the support of reasonable accommodations.
Any participant who is registered and has a disability that impacts participation in recreation programs may request Inclusion Services.
Once you submit your request for Inclusion Services, you will receive an email confirmation that your request has been received. Staff will review your information and contact you regarding your request.
Please note: To allow adequate time for processing and assessment, please allow at least three weeks for your request to be processed. This allows us to discover what would be helpful and time to find the staff or equipment needed to set each person up for success!
It is the process of providing supports, adaptations and training to ensure that individual needs and desires for participation are met in ways that are reasonable, safe, and do not fundamentally alter the nature of the recreation program or activity. Reasonable accommodations for District programs and activities are available and are determined on an individual basis.
No. Recreation program registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Participants must be able to meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be used to assist a participant in meeting the minimum eligibility requirements. Regardless of disability, participants must be able to meet the minimum requirements for age, capacity, and fee.
Age override request on the basis of disability will not be approved, unless participants without disabilities are also granted age overrides on a case-by-case basis. Age override request will only be approved if the program is still age/grade appropriate. For example, a 15 year-old will not be approved for participation in a program designed for 5-7 year-old children regardless of cognitive or developmental abilities.
No. However, transportation may be provided to and from activities that occur during recreation programs. Such transportation is typically via van or school bus. Please include any accessibility needs related to transportation on the Inclusion Services Request Form.
The District will not provide personal care services. If an individual with a disability requires personal care assistance they may bring a companion or aide (at no additional charge or program fee) to assist with personal care services. Some programs may require that the individual first request a reasonable accommodation to bring a companion or aide to the program should that be required based upon the program structure.
In most programs, District staff will not administer medication (prescription or non-prescription) to participants. Some programs will allow staff to administer medication provided the participant has the appropriate Authorization for Administration of Medication by CCSD Personnel form on file.
No. However, as a reasonable modification, a participant may be accompanied by a behavioral therapist during a program. A background check of the behavioral therapist may be required. If so, you will be provided with additional information during the Inclusion Services assessment process.
For the enjoyment and safety of everyone, The District expects all participants to treat people and facilities with respect and abide by all rules and direction from staff. The District reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for failure to abide by these standards. If a participant engages in behavior that creates a safety threat (direct threat), the District reserves the right to remove a participant from a program, activity, or service, if that safety threat cannot be mitigated by staff intervention, provision of auxiliary aids or services or modification in policies. In addition, a failure to comply with legitimate rules and standards for participation may result in exclusion from a program. Reasonable accommodations to rules and standards will be considered.
Yes. As a reasonable modification, a participant may be accompanied by his/her own aide during a recreation program. A background check of the aide may be required. If so, you will be provided with additional information during the Inclusion Services assessment process.
It is the responsibility of the participant or his/her parent or care provider to inform Inclusion Services of any disability related updates or changes. Non disability related updates or changes should be communicated directly to the recreation program staff.
Yes. Programs are not required to accommodate a participant with a disability if doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, create an undue financial or administrative burden, or pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated through reasonable modification.
For more information, questions, or concerns about Inclusion Services, please contact Chantal Panis at (916) 405-5330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, questions, or concerns regarding a recreation program, please visit our website yourcsd.com or call (916) 405-5600.
The Laguna Town Hall can accommodate 250 in a dinning capacity and 300 guests in a theater style depending on your event.
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.
Questions regarding your L&L Assessment should be directed to the CSD at 916-405-5688.
Please visit TeamSideline for more information and registration.
Payment is due at the time of registration. A 50% partial payment reserves your team's spot in the league, but the amount must be paid in full by the end of regular registration. Full payment is also accepted.
Final rosters are due the first day of games with a minimum number of players with all information completed and signatures.
Passes go on sale the first day of summer registration (refer to the activity guide) and can be purchased at the Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex or Elk Grove Aquatics Center. Discounts are available, please inquire at time of purchase.
Yes! Season passes are sold at the Wackford Aquatic Complex and are accepted during all recreation swim hours at the Wackford Aquatic Complex and Jerry Fox Swim Center. Passes purchased at Elk Grove Aquatics Center are only accepted at Elk Grove Aquatics Center.
Children age 10 and older may enter the Jerry Fox Swim Center, Wackford Community & Aquatic Complex, and Elk Grove Aquatics Center without being accompanied by an adult. Any child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
All CSD Aquatics Facilities are heated pools and the temperature is set between 78° and 82° F. This is a temperature range that follows United States Swimming regulations.
It is highly recommended that swimmers under the age of 10 be accompanied by a responsible adult while swimming in this area and that swimmers feel comfortable in deep water. This area is not for beginning swimmers or swimmers in lifejackets. Please use caution when swimming in deep water.
The slides are single rider waterslide and the rider must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. A detailed list of rules is available at the entrances to Typhoon Tower, Jungle Falls and Coconut Cannon and is the riders responsibility to read.
Coolers/ice chests will be inspected upon entry to the facility. Personal pizza's or soda's are not allowed inside the Wackford Aquatic Complex or Elk Grove Aquatics Center, as you can purchase them at Aqua Cafe and Grovers Grotto, as well as many other snacks. NO GLASS or ALCOHOL is allowed! Umbrellas and easy-ups are permitted as long as they do not stake into the ground. BBQ’s are not permitted inside the aquatic complex.
The project planning phase kicked off in July 2019 with the Morse Park Recreation Center Feasibility Study. Completion of the study is expected in late 2019 or early 2020. Thereafter, the Cosumnes CSD Board of Directors will receive the study and decide if the project can move forward to the design phase.
Cosumnes CSD has contracted with GreenPlay, LLC to complete the feasibility study. The firm, based in Colorado and founded in 1999, has completed over 500 projects in over 48 states.
Attending a community meeting is the best way to learn more about the project and to have your voice heard. You might even be asked to participate in a short survey while visiting Morse Park this summer.
We understand that busy schedules can make it tough to attend a community meeting, so be sure to follow Cosumnes CSD Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be involved. In addition, everyone will have the opportunity to complete the online survey in August.
More information about this can be located on the CSD website.
We offer three park sites, in Elk Grove, to host your personal, family, or company picnic. Various sized sites are available for accommodating up to 500 people. All other CSD parks are available on a first come basis.•Derr-Okamoto Community Park 9550 Mainline Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 •Elk Grove Park 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road Elk Grove, CA 95624 •Morse Community Park 5540 Bellaterra Drive Elk Grove, CA 95757
Applications are processed in the order they are received. Walk-in customers have priority over e-mailed, faxed or mailed applications. Completed facility rental applications will be accepted via walk in or fax to our locations below. You may also email your completed application. Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex 9014 Bruceville Road Elk Grove, CA 95624 Open Daily, 8am – 8pm Fax: (916) 405-5659 CSD Administrative Office 8820 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624 Open Monday – Friday, 8-5pm Fax: (916) 685-6942
Barbeque grill embers must be completely burned out and placed in an existing ash bin, park grill or removed from the park. Ashes are not to be dumped in trash cans or on lawn. Use of privately owned propane grills is prohibited, commercially operated propane grills may be permitted at special event picnics.
•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.
Registration can be done online, in person at one of our offices (Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex or the Main Office).
The registration will cover 8 league games, a jersey, an individual and team photo and a medal.
Register online to be a volunteer coach or contact the CSD 916-405-5600 for more information.
Equipment varies per sport.
Basketball - athletic shoes and shorts.
T-Ball - a glove, pants and closed-toed shoes. (Cleats are optional, but no metal)
Pee Wee Soccer - shin guards are required, shorts and closed-toed shoes (Cleats are optional, but no metal)
Flag Football - shorts without pockets and closed-toed shoes. (Cleats are optional, but no metal)
Practices will be on a weeknight, but specific night and time is to be determined by the coach.
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.
The lake is home to a variety of wildlife, which includes birds, fish and reptiles.
The lake is primarily filled using non-potable well water, irrigation, and rain run off.
A valid California fishing license is required for those 16 and older.
Yes. Enforcement is provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at their discretion.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) stocks the lake with catchable size trout in March and April, and catchable size catfish between June and September. The District does not stock the lake.
With the exception of the moratorium, fishing at the lake is open March 1 - November 31 during regular park hours.
Prior to imposing the moratorium, District staff implemented multiple steps to help protect wildlife. Staff increased lake shoreline clean-up, concrete trash receptacles with lids (to keep wildlife out and trash in) were added near the lake; with the help of CDFW, eight fishing line recycling containers were built and installed around the lake; volunteers have piloted a duck and geese feeding educational program; and the District is working with the CDFW to provide regulatory patrol at the lake after fish plants. These wildlife protecting practices have been beneficial, but have not achieved the sustainable results needed to protect lake wildlife.
The biggest challenges the ducks and geese face at Elk Grove Park Lake are injuries/death caused from fishing litter and impacts of improper diet and over feeding. Fishing line, hooks and lures can cause grave injury to wildlife – from embedded hooks, loss of limb from being entwined in fishing line and even death. Improper diet can cause nutritional problems and unnatural over feeding can cause unsustainable populations of wildlife.
The District is considering fishing restrictions, fishing regulations, fishing education, and a wildlife feeding educational program.