Residents and visitors of Elk Grove can soon enjoy the city’s new outdoor recreation center called The Preserve at District56.

It’ll be a place for people to connect with nature, explore the outdoors in their own backyard and learn about the area’s agricultural history.

There’s space for outdoor entertainment, and the center features acre upon acre of wetland and trails for all to enjoy. The kids will love the climbing playground. There’s also an outdoor exercise component to the center.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 6, when visitors are welcome to take part in the grand opening off Big Horn Boulevard.

A short ceremony for the 30-acre oasis is planned, and the city will also hold a scavenger hunt for the entire family. Refreshments and music will be a part of the opening day festivities as well.

Construction began about two years ago, funded by a $3 million grant from the California State Parks fund.

City leaders hope to inspire visitors to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and move their bodies, both of which are extremely important to the community’s physical and mental well-being during the pandemic.

As a passive park space, visitors will be surrounded by the peaceful oasis of wetlands, native grasslands, oak forest, open meadows, plenty of fresh air and the sounds of nature.

Other center amenities include benches, picnic tables, wetland area overlooks, interpretive signs and other more relaxing gathering places in the heart of Elk Grove.

To learn more about the park, visit District56’s website.

Photo by District56


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