Fisherman’s Lake Parkway

Sacramento, California

Foothill Associates prepared the Master Plan for a 10-acre Nature Park and 26-acre Open Space in the Fisherman’s Lake Parkway in the Natomas area of Sacramento, California. The Parkway is habitat for special status species and the project is intended to serve as habitat creation and enrichment while also serving as a bike trail.  In addition to the final rendered plans, the master plan included a construction budget, project programming, desired habitat types, placement of plantings, open space features, grading plans, maintenance concerns, and cost estimate. A well established grass roots effort was entrenched in stopping all development within the corridor. Foothill facilitated the public review community meeting of the Fisherman’s Lake Park and Open Space Master Plan, providing an explanation of how the design was developed, and facilitating discussion of attendees’ reactions.


We also developed The Fisherman’s Lake Parkway Design Guidelines and Management Plan for landscape design and maintenance of the park and open space and prepared the construction document package for Fisherman’s Lake Park consistent with mitigation measures described in the environmental document and design guidelines. We coordinated closely with the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department and the client to ensure that the plans adhered to the master plan and design guidelines, and were approved on a timely basis. The construction documents included a bid package and specifications and a final construction cost estimate. Construction was completed in the summer of 2008.


The Parkway features a Class I trail, interpretive signs, native plant material, vegetated swales, and interpretive area with seat wall.  Foothill Associates’ graphic specialists designed four interpretive signs to highlight protected species and the unique habitat in Fisherman’s Lake Parkway.


Developed design guidelines and management plan through construction documents.


One of four interpretive signs installed along the trail and lake.


Conceptual master plan of Fisherman's Lake Park.


The trail is closed during the Swainson's hawk nesting season.