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California Trails and Greenways Conference Merit Award – Development

Arcade Creek Park Preserve AwardSunrise Recreation and Park District’s Arcade Creek Park Preserve was selected for the Merit Award (Development) under the California Trails and Greenways Conference Award Program. The award was presented at the annual CA Trails and Greenways Conference Awards Dinner on April 23 at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. The awards program acknowledges those that have made contributions that promote, enhance or expand public awareness and use of trails and greenways in California. The project’s nomination was evaluated on how the project was successful, special, unusual, creative, innovative, or unique; how the project involved community resources such as people and funding; how the project benefited the community; and how it serves as a model, or provides guidance or inspiration to others.

World Landscape Architecture Month #wlam2015

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. Many diverse spaces are designed by landscape architects.

World Landscape Architecture Month 2015


Arcade Creek Park Preserve Now Open

The Sunrise Recreation and Park District has completed construction of the Arcade Creek Park Preserve, a 10-acre nature park in Citrus Heights, CA. The park’s grand opening and ribbon cutting was held on November 1, 2014. Foothill’s role was to help develop the Master Plan; assist with public outreach and grant support; conduct bio and arborist surveys and the wetland delineation; secure permits; develop detailed designs and construction documents and help with construction support. We were assisted by Bennett Engineering, cbec, and Balance Hydrologics.  The project incorporated nature-themed recreation elements, multi-use trails, creek and oak woodland restoration, low-impact development, and interpretive education.

Main Play Area

The main play area adjacent to parking lot, group picnic shelter, and exercise equipment

Nature Play Area

One of the nature-themed play areas and exercise equipment along the trail.

Parking Lot Swale

A swale in the parking lot captures and filters stormwater runoff prior to discharge to the creek.

Restoratation Area

The restoration areas, designed by cbec, included regrading of banks, creation of terraces, log-toe stabilization and revegetation.


Two bridges were needed to cross the creek and avoid a steep cut-bank.

Arcade Creek Park Preserve Under Construction

Creek RestorationConstruction of the Arcade Creek Park Preserve is underway. Construction crews are currently working on restoration at three sites along Arcade Creek where banks were over-steepened and the creek was deeply incised. At each location, a terrace is created on the inside of the meander bend to take pressure off the outside bank when the creek floods. The outside bends are stabilized with rock at the toe followed by logs, harvested on-site from invasive eucalyptus. Log toe protection is secured with rootwads that have 12′ of bole hammered into the bank. Once revegetated, the creek should be considerably more stable and should also support a healthier riparian community.

The open space park in Citrus Heights will also include play areas, trails, interpretive signs, boardwalk to wetland overlook, parking, and two bridges over Arcade Creek.

Daring Ducklings

Staff helped rescue ten little ducklings after falling through the storm drain grate at our office complex. A distressed mama duck was discovered circling the storm drain while her ducklings were down in the drain. All ten ducklings along with mama duck were safely returned to the nearby creek.

A Day on the Ranch – Stock Ranch Nature Preserve Grand Opening

A Day on the Ranch FlyerThe grand opening ceremonies of the Stock Ranch Nature Preserve will be held April 12, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Activities will include nature preserve tours, mulching workshop, vendors, and food trucks.  See flyer for additional details.