Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for the first El Dorado Hills sports field and park south of Highway 50. Construction should be complete in early November.
The Valley View Sports Park project is a joint use partnership between the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and the Buckeye Union School District.
According to CSD General Manager Brent Dennis, Valley View Sports Park encompasses five acres and will include field accommodations for a 200-foot baseball field and/or two soccer fields that qualify as a U8 and U10 field; two playgrounds, with one being a tot-lot; permanent restrooms facilities and a parking lot.
Neighborhood children will be invited in September to plant the park’s first oak trees, he added.
“There’s great interest by the Blackstone residents to see the project sprout up from the landscape,” continued Dennis. “That’s why we’re here today.”
El Dorado Hills mother of three Bitsy Kemper was at the groundbreaking celebration. Her family is building a home in the Blackstone neighborhood and she wanted to see what they might soon enjoy with a park and fields so close.
“I’m excited to see we’re going to have a public park,” she said. “I love seeing a good sense of community.”
The total construction cost is approximately $3.3 million, according to Dennis, which includes extensive grading and retaining wall work, and is funded through park impact fees. Blackstone developer West Valley LLC., formed as another partnership between AKT & Lennar, will finance more than half the construction costs until new park impact fees are collected from already approved lots developed in the Valley View area.
“The model here of having a school campus in concert with a community park is a successful one,” said Dennis, acknowledging Buckeye Union’s superintendent David Roth at the ceremony. “By virtue of definition this is a Village Park. It’s a great example of what community partnerships are all about and we’re proud to work with our friends at the Buckeye Union School District.”
Buckeye officials are currently using the recently built school as the district offices until enrollment figures increase enough to open the campus to students.
Valley View Sports Park is located at 1665 Blackstone Parkway.