With El Dorado Hills residents out in their parks enjoying a wide variety of activities, it is almost inevitable that some park user activities overlap or come into conflict with others, resulting in unfortunate incidents or confrontations. To a great extent many of our El Dorado Hills Community Services District park policies were adopted to help address some of these situations that could potentially devolve into safety concerns or limit fair accessibility to park facilities for all residents.
Short of seeing our parks and open spaces become over-saturated with park rules signs, I thought it would be helpful to remind the community and regular park users of the importance of mutual respect for one another as they enjoy different aspects of these area amenities. A recent spike in the occurrence of off-leash dogs running amok in the parks or venturing in an uncontrolled manner into recreational fields and play areas has caused great concern from residents, in particular from those with young children or those who are uncertain of the disposition of pets off leashes.
Realizing that the CSD does not have a park patrol to proactively enforce park rules and policies, we have to rely on our program and maintenance staff to be professionally assertive in informing park users of proper and acceptable park etiquette. Local law officers and Animal Services officials are usually summoned if the more serious level of violations requires citations to be issued. But obviously the ideal park environment would be one where all park users understand and abide by the rules and policies for all to enjoy safe, clean and conflict-lessened parks and facilities.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with the Village Life readers who frequent the El Dorado Hills CSD parks, facilities and programs of some of our most important park rules and policies. A complete compilation of CSD park policies can be found on our website at edhcsd.org on the Parks & Facilities page under Park Rules.
For dog owners, the good news is that a dog park to allow for off-leash activities for small and large dogs will soon be under construction in Community Park. Dog park rules will be posted at the facility as well as on our website. The new facility should be completed and dedicated this autumn.
Respect for one another in our busy, active parklands will go a long way towards creating an environment of greater enjoyment and benefit from the community amenities our parks provide.
General Manager of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District