Design Selected for Disney/KaBOOM! Playground in Bryte Park

A “Tom Sawyer”-themed play structure has been selected by the West Sacramento project design team for a new playground at Bryte Park. It features several slides, swings, and even a zip line, each suitable for children 2-12 years old.

The City chose the “Tom Sawyer” design using the following criteria:

  • the most popular equipment choices selected by children on design day, April 7 at Riverbank Elementary SchoolDisney/KaBOOM! playgrournddesign day at Riverbank elementary School in West Sacramento
  • the highest level of imaginative play
  • provides the most activities
  • the highest level of shade offered
  • accessibility
  • the best distribution of equipment

The community “Build Day” is scheduled for Sunday May 31, when 400 volunteers pitch in to construct the playground in just one day.

“The plans for the new Disney / KaBOOM! playground are taking shape in the best way,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “The kids did a fantastic job letting us know what they would like to see at Bryte Park. The build day will be a great day in West Sacramento!”

Families, service groups and community organizations are encouraged to participate. You must be 18 or older.  SIGN UP HERE!

Bryte Park is located at 425 Todhunter Ave. The playground will be built on the southeast corner, along Carrie Street.

The project is a partnership between the Walt Disney Company, KaBOOM!, the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, and the City of West Sacramento.

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You’re Invited to Celebrate Earth Day at City Hall!

West Sacramento Earth Day logoJoin the City of West Sacramento for a free and fun family event to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 25th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

There will be activities for the kids, live music, local food, raffle prizes, and information about ways you can be a part of the solution and reduce your carbon footprint. Vendors will be on hand with information about services and products that can help your family live healthier and sustainably.

NEW: Rain Barrel workshops  – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (pre-registration required)

Rain barrels are a great way to save water and money.  We will provide you everything you need to create a rain barrel system, including a free barrel.  You must pre-register online and pay $20 for your diverter kit in advance. Space is limited to 20 people per session.

To pre-register today, go to www.westsacfun.org

Then scroll down to the register online button on the left side.

Under the Main Menu, select Register for Activities then under SPECIAL EVENTS choose Earth Day – Rain Barrels. Select your session time and register.

Check out the full schedule for a complete list of Earth Day activities.

 

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West Sacramento Expands Urban Farms

The 5th and C urban farm is expanding to other locations within the City thanks to a $40,000 grant from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

New urban farm plots include: 2 acres at Cummins and Douglas, 3.3 acres at Lake Washington and Jefferson, and 2 acres behind the Yolo Education Center on Westacre.

The Center for Land-Based Learning is partnering with the City of West Sacramento on these projects, which Mayor Christopher Cabaldon says are very important for the region: 

7,500 pounds of produce were harvested from the 5th and C farm last season. The expansion plans include mobile farm stands for produce sales and donations, plus a tool lending library for beginning farmers.

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Traffic Advisory: Major Delays Expected April 17-20 on Eastbound I-80 through West Sacramento

Caltrans logoCaltrans urges motorists to avoid using the segment of eastbound I-80 between US 50 and I-5 , beginning Friday, April 17, 10 p.m. and continuing thru Monday, April 20, 5 a.m. Lane closures will be in effect on I-80 east of the Sacramento River.

Eastbound I-80 traffic will be reduced to one lane. The West El Camino off-ramp will be closed as well. The lane and ramp closures are required by Caltrans to complete paving the eastbound #2 and #3 lanes just east of the Bryte Bend Bridge.

West Sacramento residents are encouraged to avoid using I-80 along the city’s western border. Instead, use eastbound Highway 50 and northbound I-5 to avoid the Caltrans project. It’s also suggested that motorists coming east from the Davis area on I-80 toward North Sacramento or Placer County use eastbound Highway 50 , then take the northbound I-5 to reconnect to I-80 in North Natomas.

With eastbound traffic expected to be heavy from the Highway 50/I-80 interchange north from West Sacramento to North Natomas, plan ahead for expected delays and increased travel time. Be patient, stay alert. Remember to “Slow for the Cone Zone” and “Be Work Zone Alert”. The CHIP will be onsite for traffic enforcement.

Caltrans will continue to update the public on changing conditions through social media. For additional project information, including detours, go to www.80AcrossTheTop.com .

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West Sacramento Town Hall Meeting on Homelessness, April 22

City of West Sacramento logoThe City of West Sacramento’s Homeless Outreach and Services Program has scheduled a workshop discussion on homelessness, Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Galleria, first floor, 1110 West Capitol Ave. Open to West Sacramento citizens, admission is free and no registration is needed. Please attend with your thoughts and ideas!

The program includes an overview of local needs and information on existing services. Included is a discussion period seeking insights and questions from workshop attendees. Special guest speaker is Lisa Baker, CEO of Yolo Housing.

The evening’s goal is to:

  • Receive feedback from community members;
  • Discuss the circumstances of homelessness;
  • Increase knowledge of local needs;
  • Provide information and referral assistance to local resources and services; and
  • Identify service gaps in the local response system, as the City’s homeless outreach program moves forward.

For information or questions, please contact Ryan Collins at (916) 267-0717 or ryanc@cityofwestsacramento.org .

 

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West Sacramento Loses a Community Voice: Steve Marschke of The News-Ledger

 

Steve Marschke, publisher and editor of The News-Ledger, died April 8, at age 51 following a short illness. Dedicated to reporting West Sacramento news, Steve upheld journalistic Steve Marschkeprinciples during his three decade career at The News-Ledger, covering the City’s successes, challenges and evolution. In his personal life, he was stepfather to Sarah Jane and Laura. He guided them as a coach, teacher, and entertained them as a chef-extraordinaire. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia. He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Joyce Marschke, two brothers and a sister. Steve’s interests included rowing, learning French and woodworking. Steve also took time for traveling, discovering new foods, brewing beer, gardening and playing guitar. He looked forward to every family reunion, sharing his humor, creativity, and fun-loving nature.

The features editor of the News-Ledger, Daryl Fisher, wrote the following remembrance of Mr. Marschke: “Over the years, although he was always working on a shoestring budget, Steve managed to modernize most everything about the News-Ledger. Among many other things, he made it possible for us to layout and print the paper with computers instead of by hand, properly track and bill our loyal subscribers and advertisers, and have a front page that was much more about facts than opinions.  And when the longtime owner of the News-Ledger died and left the paper to Steve, he quickly went about paying off more than $20,000 of printer’s debt by greatly expanding our legal advertising. For the first time since anyone could remember, the News-Ledger became profitable, and it has stayed that way to this day.”

Steve’s family expresses thanks and deep gratitude to the staff at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the River City Rowing Club. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L St., Sacramento, CA 95811.

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Wicked West Pizza & BBQ Grand Opening Events

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Wicked West Pizza & BBQ #2 at 771 Ikea Court is having a Grand Opening Week starting April 11- April 17. Radio Station Star 106.5 will be there on Saturday with live music and giveaways including a year of free pizza, Kings and River Cats tickets, autographed sports memorabilia and more.

There will be free pizza to the first 100 customers every lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, April 11-15, 2015. Wicked West has a greatly expanded menu of healthy, local foods, beer and wine at this location, in addition to the whole wheat pizza, BBQ and gelato.

 

 

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Abandoned Barge Demolition Under Way at Port of West Sacramento

Several barges are being hauled out of Lake Washington this week as part of a clean-up effort at the Port of West Sacramento. The barges, in various states of disrepair, have been illegally anchored in Lake Washington for several years.

Crews using excavators started breaking down the barges Monday. They also removed a wide assortment of items from the vessels including scrap metal, motors and even a pair of airplane wings.

Excavator scraping out barge at Port of West Sacramento

One of the barges being hauled out of Lake Washington at the Port of West Sacramento

 

The project is being financed through an Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund grant awarded to the City of West Sacramento by the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

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Disney Brings KaBOOM! Playground to West Sacramento

A large playground is coming to Bryte Park thanks to a partnership reached with the City of West Sacramento and the Disneyland Resort. The City Council approved the project in a unanimous vote last night.

Disney courtesy photo

Disney courtesy photo

Construction is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, 2015 when 400 community volunteers will build the project in just one day.

Disney has worked with KaBOOM! — a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of kids — to build more than 50 playgrounds across the country throughout the past several years.

“Thanks to the generous support from Disney, the new playground will be enjoyed by new families that have just moved to the city, as well as families that have been here for generations,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “We will continue to develop West Sacramento into one of the most family-friendly cities in the region.”

Bryte Park is located at 425 Todhunter Ave. The playground site will be built on the southeast corner, along Carrie Street. The existing park includes softball and hardball diamonds, soccer fields, full court basketball, a picnic area, fitness course, walking paths, and a running track.

Families, service groups and community organizations are encouraged to participate in the playground construction day, May 31. The Yolo County Children’s Alliance is coordinating volunteer sign-ups. Must be 16 or older. Details on how you can participate will be made available shortly.

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Sycamore Trail Opens in West Sacramento

Grand Opening for new Sycamore Trial in West Sacramento's Westfield neighborhoodJust in time for spring, a new public trail has opened in West Sacramento—the Sycamore Trail—a half-mile pathway from the Westfield Playfield, north of Michigan Avenue, south to West Capitol Avenue. Families, pedestrians and bicyclists will enjoy using the paved trail, which also features benches and picnic tables. Bring a picnic, take a break or exercise!

Major funding for the trail was provided by a Wells Fargo UrbanLIFT Grant and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Northern California Construction Training program provided in-kind contributions to the project.

At the park’s opening ceremony, Yolo County Children’s Alliance Executive Director Katie Villegas said that West Sacramento residents will benefit from using trail for recreation and travel from points north and south. The trail, she said, is “a far cry from the abandoned open space we saw just a little more than a year ago.”


(Sacramento Bee video)

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the crowd, “This is only the beginning. Eventually this trail will lead from Westfield all the way to Southport, crossing the freeway via a new bike and pedestrian overpass.”

Map of Sycamore Trail in West Sacramento

Map of Sycamore Trail in West Sacramento

 

The first phase of the Sycamore Trail is also a safe alternative to busy roadways on Jefferson Boulevard and Westacre Road.

The City of West Sacramento is continuing to create a trail network through pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.

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