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.

CRPD District Office Moves to New Location


CRPD’s District Office Making a Move

On May 15, the Cordova Recreation & Park District's main office, which has been in the Hagan Community Park, will have a new place to call home. Currently, the administration offices are adjacent to the Cordova Community Center, located in Hagan Community Park.

“When the front of Cordova Community Center was renovated to comply with ADA requirements, the front of the community center also got a facelift,” said Jim Rodems, CRPD District Administrator.“Unfortunately, our office space did not get renovated.”

Cordova Community Center will still remain very active with classes and rentals.Some of the office space will be used by our maintenance and recreation staff.

“At this time, it is much more cost effective to move than to renovate the antiquated systems in the current administration office,” Rodems continued.“We received a very good deal to rent new office space, centrally located in our expanding district.It would have been foolish for us to turn it down.”

The new administration office will move to the Rancho Cordova City Hall building located at 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 230, Rancho Cordova (near White Rock Road and Zinfandel Drive). The new office space will give staff access to modern technology, provide more opportunities build relationships with local businesses, government agencies and the community as a whole.

The District Office will be closed May 9-14 while we make the move. You can still register for all of our programs and classes online or in person at any of our other facilities (see list below for location and contact information). The move will be complete and the office will re-open for business on May 15.

Available CRPD facilities:

Riverview Community Center (916) 635-8977

10700 Ambassador Drive, Rancho Cordova

Mather Sports Center (916) 362-1704

3755 Schriever Avenue, Mather

Cordova Senior Activities Center (916) 366-3133

3480 Routier Road, Sacramento

As part of CRPD’s ongoing efforts to better serve our community, the District will send out occasional “Community Updates” to community members and stakeholders. Communication is the key to understanding and building relationships. We hope to get the word out about the good work CRPD and our partners are doing to serve the residents of our District. To see the latest news about CRPD, go to our updated website: www.crpd.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Two Thumbs Up from Peter Cottontail

Hoppin’ and Huntin’ a Win With Everyone

(Rancho Cordova, CA) – Peter Cottontail hopped on over to Hagan Community Park on Saturday, March 30 for the annual egg hunt and spring festivities. He was joined by over 1500 people to celebrate all things spring and Easter during the annual event.

As always, the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova’s Egg Hunt was the main attraction, bringing children between the ages of 2-10, baskets in hand, ready to collect as many candy filled eggs as possible. However, this year the structure of the egg hunt was different. Children were given multiple opportunities to hunt for eggs throughout the event versus having just one large hunt. This meant smaller groups at each hunt and families staying throughout the event to enjoy the warm spring day, games, bounce houses, bobble lagoon activity, and crafts stations. 

For those that were hungry, the Rancho Cordova Kiwanis Club served up piping hot pancakes to over 100 people. 

For those that were STILL hungry, the day ended with a messy and fun pie eating contest where 48 pies were consumed by those who signed up throughout the day. The contest was broken up by 3 age groups: juniors (ages 11-13), teens (ages 14-17), and adults (ages 18+). Each age group winner walked away with a tasty (uneaten) pie and an additional prize.

Peter Cottontail, aka the Easter Bunny, was a hit at the photo booth where over 150 families had their pictures taken with him.

A Year of Change


Year of Change, Growing Pains Put Cordova Recreation & Park District on the Right Path!

One year ago, Cordova Recreation and Park District was in crisis. Today, the District is well on its way to recovery and facing a bright future. It wasn’t an easy journey, but it was very necessary for the survival of CPRD and the communities it serves.

“Much of the work that needed to be done was internal and structural,” said Jim Rodems, CRPD District Administrator. “I am amazed at the way our staff has stepped up and made crucial changes in a relatively short period of time. We have a great team, and we’ve made a lot of progress in 14 months.”  

One Year Ago:  $1.6 Million Deficit

Today: CRPD has done the difficult and on-going task of balancing the budget. 

One Year Ago:  Cost Overruns on Projects

Today: Management has implemented strict budget controls, without sacrificing quality.

One Year Ago:  Thirty Percent Reduction in Workforce Due to Economy

Today: The District has reorganized all of its departments to more efficiently maintain facilities and more effectively deliver services to the community.

One Year Ago:  Outdated Staff Practices, Policies and Procedures

Today: CRPD has instituted an operational overhaul to modernize staff procedures and implement industry best practices.

And the hard work continues...  

The District is not finished. Change takes time. But CRPD is continuing the process of growth and improvement. The District appreciates the community’s support and input. Both management and staff are grateful for the CRPD Board’s vision to implement the strong leadership and change management that has gotten us to this point.    

As part of CRPD’s ongoing efforts to better serve our community, the District will send out occasional “Community Updates” to community members and stakeholders. Communication is the key to understanding and building relationships. We hope to get the word out about the good work CRPD and our partners are doing to serve the residents of our District. To see the latest news about CRPD, go to our updated website:  www.crpd.com.  

You can also follow us on Facebook  and Twitter.