CRPD's Water Conservation Efforts


CRPD Making Efforts to Conserve Water in Parks

In California, the ideal amount of water needed for landscaped areas equals 1 acre inch of water per week. One acre inch of water is equivalent to 27,155 gallons applied onto an acre of land.  

During last year’s drought conditions, Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) reduced the amount of water used within the parks and on the ball fields by 15% to 20%. That translated to using 4,100 to 5,500 gallons less water per acre per week.  

This year, the Park Services staff is implementing a strategy of inspecting, testing, and retrofitting the irrigation systems within the park and streetscape areas for water use efficiency and effectiveness. The retrofitting strategy includes replacing older nozzles in existing irrigation heads with more water efficient nozzles; replacing worn-out solenoid valves; replacing drip irrigation lines with low-flow sprinkler heads; and adjusting irrigation heads to target green spaces and not hard surface areas like sidewalks and asphalt areas.

Through most of spring, we will be watching the weather reports and reduce water usage for irrigation by 20%. For player safety, the ball fields will receive more irrigation, but there will still be a 20% reduction of water being used on the fields. We are currently experimenting with other conservation practices that will hopefully be useful in our water conservation efforts. Those practices include aerating the lawn panels more frequently; fertilizing with a polymer coated fertilizer; applying more organic matter to the soil structure; and using plant growth regulators.

The spray parks and the splash park will remain open throughout the summer. The water used at those facilities are cycled through intricate filtration and treatment systems and reused on a continuous basis.

We encourage the public to call 916-842-3300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. whenever they see any water-related issues within the parks such as a broken irrigation head or water running down a sidewalk. Together, we can make a difference in water conservation.

CRPD Wins Award


The Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) received the Innovative Project of the Year award for a large district by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) during the association’s Annual Conference and Exhibitor Showcase.

The Cordova Recreation and Park District was awarded for their Sunridge Park project. CRPD developed a playground that features language panels including braille, therapeutic rings, nature discovery playhouse, ADA ramps throughout, music space including sensory music elements and music therapy and art spaces throughout. This park is 6.5 acres and was the concept of a community workshop held in 2011 with the guiding principles that the park provides play that is safe, fair, simple, intuitive, active, comfortable and encourages independence.

Senator Jean Fuller, Assembly Member Brian Nestande, former state assembly member Bonnie Garcia, and Speaker’s Policy Office representative, Katie Kolitsos, were in attendance to support the honorees.

The criteria for this award included originality of project, tangible and positive results produced and a documented decrease in district costs or a demonstrated improvement in the district’s quality of service without significantly increasing costs.

The California Special Districts Association is a 501c(6), not-for-profit association that was formed in 1969 to promote good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy and other services for all types of independent special districts.


Annual Egg Hunt Growing Bigger Every Year


Hoppin’ and Huntin’ a Win With Everyone

Hoppin’ and Huntin’ at Hagan drew over 2,000 people to Hagan Community Park to celebrate spring on Saturday, April 19, 2014. 

As always, the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova’s Egg Hunt attracted hundreds children between the ages of 2-10, baskets and bags in hand, to collect over 6,000 candy-filled eggs. This year’s egg hunt was different. For children ages 4 and older, the egg hunts were held in a larger area, while children ages 3 and under had a special area in the Tot Lot playground. By dividing children into age groups and giving multiple opportunities to participate, each egg hunt was smaller and families stayed throughout the event to enjoy the warm spring day, bounce houses, lawn games and craft stations. 

The Rancho Cordova Kiwanis Club served up piping hot pancakes and sausage to over 245 people. Assemblymember Ken Cooley chatted with guests while serving breakfast. Alan Withers of the Kiwanis Club commented that the “turnout was the biggest we’ve had in ten years.”

The day ended with a messy and fun donut eating contest. Twenty participants consumed over seven dozen donuts. The contest was broken into three age groups: juniors (ages 11-13), teens (ages 14-17), and adults (ages 18+). 

The Easter Bunny, along with friends Buster the chicken and Hopper the frog, circulated around the event, stopping to take photos along the way. Well over 300 people took photos with the Easter Bunny and his friends.

To see photos from the event visit the Cordova Recreation and Park District Facebook page.

Next up is our newest event, Meet the Machines on Saturday, May 10 from 11AM to 2PM at the Mather Sports Center. Children of all ages can get up close and personal with over 30 vehicles and machines including a hot air balloon, a fire truck, police and military vehicles, a crane and many more.

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Meet the Machines Exceeds Expectations


Cordova Recreation and Park District introduced Meet the Machines, a new, family-friendly event, on Saturday, May 10 at the Mather Sports Center. Approximately 2,000 people got up close and personal with 35 different types of machines and vehicles at this free event. 

Vehicle enthusiasts of all ages were able to imagine they were a first responder by crawling into the seat of the Sacramento Metro fire engine, Rancho Cordova Police squad car, Alpha One ambulance, California State Fish and Game truck or the City of Rancho Cordova Animal Control truck. Those intrigued by larger heavy duty vehicles could see how the Republic Waste garbage truck, SMUD crane and a tow truck worked while vehicle staff demonstrated how all the moving pieces worked together. Also on hand were a fishing boat, various tractors, back hoes and heavy lawn machinery in addition to two vintage military jeeps. The Sacramento Segway Polo Association played a demonstration match of Segway Polo on the soccer fields, and then taught guests how to ride Segways all afternoon.

The event also included a Kids Zone complete with bounce houses, games, face painting and balloon animals, all of which were free for guests.

To see photos from the event visit the Cordova Recreation and Park District Facebook page.

CRPD’s next event is our Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 31 at the Lincoln Village Community Park from 8AM to 2PM. Buyers will have the ultimate in one-stop-shopping for inexpensive home decorations, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, books, movies and unique items. 

Beginning in June, join CRPD for Free Family Swim Nights, every third Friday through August at the Cordova Community Pool (June and July) and the Lincoln Village Pool (August).

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CRPD Says Goodbye to a Dear Friend


CRPD Says Goodbye to Cay Nickerson

A former Board Member and Dear Friend


It is with a heavy heart but many fond memories, that the staff and Board of Directors say goodbye to our dear friend, Catherine Nickerson.

Catherine “Cay” Nickerson had been a dedicated Board Member of the Cordova Recreation and Park District for 22 years serving multiple terms as Board Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary as well as serving on multiple sub-committees. While on the board, she brought reason and calm to many heated debates, earning the nickname “The Stabilizer” by fellow Board Members.

Cay helped foster improved communication between the County of Sacramento, the City of Rancho Cordova and other special districts. She also served on the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts’ Board for 15 years where her leadership on that board, influenced the park and recreation industry state-wide. Her dedication to service at all levels inspired the highest standards in the District and during her tenure with CRPD Cay was a vocal advocate for adopting progressive trends in our industry.

Recreation was one of Cay’s passions and her vision helped establish many recreation activities and events that became the foundation of our recreation programming today. It was her devotion to promoting recreation as a community benefit, that proved “Creating Community through People, Parks, and Programs” is more than just a great marketing slogan. One such program that benefited from her passion and commitment was the District’s synchronized swimming program-the Cordova Cordettes, where she was instrumental in improving and expanding the program as the coach for 10 years.

Staff fondly remembers Cay for the encouragement and guidance she offered to them, the way she always listened to their concerns and the support of their work in the community. Cay championed the value of parks and recreation, listened to her constituents, and dependably led the District through tough financial times. Her contributions as an instructor, coach, and Board Member have enhanced the District and the community she loved so much and it will leave a legacy for years to come.

In lieu of flowers, Cay’s family asked that donations be made to the Children’s Funding Assistance program which helps children and youth ages 18 and under participate in programs and classes offered by the Cordova Recreation and Park District. For more information on how to donate or how the Children’s Funding Assistance program works, please visit our Donations page.