The Preserve, Elk Grove’s sprawling new park within the heart of town, debuts Saturday.
The 28-acre, $15 million nature space at Big Horn Boulevard and Civic Center Drive will probably be a part of Elk Grove’s District 56 recreation hub, house to town’s recreation heart, veterans corridor, aquatic heart and the Senior Center of Elk Grove.
An 11 a.m. grand opening will formally greet guests to the park.
The mid-city greenspace features a mile-long path loop that winds alongside the park’s practically 30 acres, an open meadow, a 4-acre pond, health space, picnic websites and a small amphitheater. Construction started in July 2020 on the park, the newest of greater than 100 parks throughout town.
A $3 million Land Water Conservation Fund grant from California State Parks helped fund the park venture. Funding from the National Fitness Campaign, the San Francisco-based health initiative to deliver free outside health to cities throughout the nation, additionally helped present the park’s health courtroom.
A playground with an space for pre-kindergarten kids and one other for older kids is joined by “The Sensory Plaza,” which features a contact wall, tunnel and three-dimensional tiles.
The nature space additionally incorporates habitat for burrowing owls, bats and chook nesting areas on the islands scattered throughout the pond together with the cluster of sycamore and sawleaf bushes and the forest of native oak on the park’s grounds.