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Lake Forest Park almost ready

A NEW PLAY PLACE — El Dorado Hills CSD Special Projects Manager Kent Oakley, right, and CSD General Manager John P. Skeel talk about the new equipment at Lake Forest Park on Francisco Drive. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene
A NEW PLAY PLACE — El Dorado Hills CSD Special Projects Manager Kent Oakley, right, and CSD General Manager John P. Skeel talk about the new equipment at Lake Forest Park on Francisco Drive. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

A NEW PLAY PLACE — El Dorado Hills CSD Special Projects Manager Kent Oakley, right, and CSD General Manager John P. Skeel talk about the new equipment at Lake Forest Park on Francisco Drive. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The fences at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s newest park will come down soon, possibly by the end of this month.

Then it’s games on at Lake Forest Park where children will enjoy a playground with endless imaginative possibilities while sports and exercise enthusiasts take advantage of the park’s bocce ball court, two full-size tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, walking trail with exercise stations and nature trail. The park also features an outdoor classroom, barbecue/picnic area, bathrooms and, on a good day, a few deer and wild turkeys. Only 3 acres of the nearly 10-acre area site has been developed.

“I think they’ve done a fantastic job,” said CSD General Manager John Skeel, who toured the park last week with CSD Special Projects Manager Kent Oakley and Village Life. “There’s a little something for everyone.”

Community volunteers and CSD staff selected the park’s amenities, Oakley said. The project’s been on the CSD’s “to do” list for about 20 years and, thanks to an approved neighborhood assessment, recently received the funding needed to complete the project. The total cost of planning and construction sits around $1.6 million, according to Oakley.

The site had its challenges, he noted. A steep slope led to a “terraced” park design and all the amenities added to the price tag. Hemington Landscape Services of Cameron Park constructed the park. The CSD hopes to partner with community groups to further enhance the park, Oakley said. He’s working with a local Girl Scouts troop to plant more trees and a church group to install fencing along the front of the park (along Francisco Drive).

“We invite groups to help us out, give back to the parks and give back to the community,” Oakley said.

Skeel commended the CSD staff for its community partnerships, park design and environmental sensitivity. Few trees were removed to make way for amenities and, Skeel noted, the natural landscape serves as a buffer between the park and neighboring homes. The park also includes an access road that will benefit neighbors should they need emergency assistance, he said.

As Skeel and Oakley tried out some of the playground equipment, Skeel mused, “I can’t wait to see the kids out here.”

“Oh yeah,” Oakley added. “They’re going to enjoy this.”

nstack@villagelife.com

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