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First River District workshop draws a crowd

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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The Folsom community joined in brainstorming different ideas for the various locations which will be called the River District in Folsom last Wednesday, April 11.

Presented by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, the community workshop was the first of three that will be available to the community to collaborate what they envision in six spots along the river. The workshops are not sponsored by the City of Folsom. The workshops are just to see what the areas could be. The ideas will be offered to the city as a suggestion if and when they decide to develop the land, said Will Kempton, of the Folsom Chamber.

The six locations discussed during the workshop include land near the CSUS Aquatic Center and Nimbus Flat, the Chinese Diggins located near Iron Point and Folsom Boulevard, Willow Creek located near Folsom Boulevard and Natoma Station, open space near Kikkoman Foods, Inc., the Corporation Yard located at the end of Leidesdorff Street and Negro Bar located off Greenback Lane.

The hired planning and environmental firm, Ascent, provided an overview to start the workshop to make sure the community is aware of the basics and who manages the land.

California State Parks manages the areas up for discussion and have plans set aside for their general plan. Some requirements include providing high-quality day use for outdoor recreation opportunities, provide modest expansion of camping facilities, maintain and improve diverse aquatic recreation opportunities and much more.

Once the presentation, led by Allen Folks, director of planning and design for Ascent, ended, randomly selected groups put their minds together to discuss what they would like and wouldn’t like to see in each area.

Some of the ideas come up with included a boat house for residents not associated with the CSUS Aquatic Center, a habitat preservation, interpretive signs, dog waste facilities as well as the hope for no hotels or concrete, graffiti-proof signs, the improvement of river access and more.

Look for more information on the next meeting in the Folsom Telegraph in the weeks to come.