Arcade Creek Park Preserve

Citrus Heights, California

Foothill Associates prepared the master plan, provided grant support, prepared construction documents and specifications, conducted biological monitoring during construction, and designed interpretive signs for the Sunrise Recreation and Park District’s Arcade Creek Park Preserve. The site is heavily forested with native oak woodland and riparian vegetation. Arcade Creek, a highly degraded urban creek with steep eroding banks, flows through the parcel. Foothill Associates prepared an opportunity and constraints analysis based on GIS data, a wetland assessment performed by our biologists, and a site evaluation by our landscape architects and arborists. This analysis helped design the Preserve by identifying areas to avoid, thereby minimizing impacts to sensitive resources and streamlining the permitting process.


During the Master Plan process, Foothill Associates facilitated two community meetings to elicit desires, needs, and concerns of local residents. In addition to an overall conceptual design, the final master plan included a cost estimate, an analysis of environmental permitting requirements, identification of possible funding sources, and a maintenance plan. The final master plan includes a group picnic and play area, multi-use trail, Low Impact Development (LID) parking lot with bioswales, a boardwalk through wetland features, an informational kiosk, par-course work out stations, and an interpretive signage program. The final plan includes restoration of the creek through removal of invasive plant material species and regrading, stabilization, and revegetation of the creek banks.


Foothill Associates assisted SRPD with preparation of the Prop 84 grant proposal for construction of the park improvements. We also organized five community outreach events, including site tours, and hands-on workshops with local elementary school children. The project received Prop 84 funding in 2012 and Foothill Associates was selected to develop construction documents and obtain regulatory permits.

In 2015, the park was awarded a Merit Award – Development under the California Trails and Greenways Conference Award Program.


Conceptual plan.


Arcade Creek Park Preserve is tucked away along Sunrise Boulevard in the Sunrise Marketplace area of Citrus Heights.


Heavily forested site with native oak woodland and riparian vegetation.


Restoration along three segments of Arcade Creek were planned to repair the degraded creek and eroding banks. (before restoration)


Our team facilitated a number of meetings during the master planning, grant preparation, and construction document phases.


We created a project website to inform the public of the development process.


Page from construction document set.


Main play area with multi-use trail.


Covered picnic tables for large groups at the main play area.


Boardwalk to wetland overlook.


Zip line invokes the sensation of swinging through the trees.


Salamander themed play pocket along the trail.


Workout stations with gym-quality fitness equipment are placed with play pockets.