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Third River District Workshop wraps up

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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The Folsom community came together for the third and final River District Workshop on Monday, Aug. 6, at the Folsom Community Center to learn what comes next in the development process.

Presented by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, this community workshop was the final of three that were made available to the community to collaborate what they envision along the river. The workshops were not sponsored by the City of Folsom; they were held 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.

During Monday’s workshop, Kempton and Allen Folks, director of planning and design for Ascent, the hired planning and environmental firm, gave an overview of the land and requirements, as well as informing participants on the findings from the previous two workshops. After, Kempton discussed the next step in the process.

Kempton mentioned they have also been working with the state on their requirements and plans for the land.

During the first workshop, six locations were discussed, which included 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.

During the second workshop, two locations were added to the 5.5-mile stretch of prospective land, such as the Folsom Prison and portions of the Folsom Junction.

Also during the second workshop, the interactive survey portion included visuals, and guests were asked to use a provided clicker to vote for what they would like to see in the River District. Some of the visuals included different styles of museums, cultural centers, visitor’s centers, small amphitheaters, public art, river taxis, restaurants, hotels and more. After each visual question, everyone was asked if they would support the idea of each item in general. The majority of possibilities were supported except for the possibility of a river taxi, hotel and food concession.

During the final workshop, Folks went over all the categories that were in the interactive survey, discussed the support for each item and at what location each item could possibly go. The top-supported item throughout the whole survey was overlooks around the river and lake.

Kempton closed the presentation discussing the next step in the process – bring their objective findings to the Folsom City Council and Commissions during the month of October.

He mentioned the complete report will be finalized by the end of August, and he plans to make it available for everyone either online or via the email list. He said the way he plans to make it public is not set in stone yet.

Kempton reminded the audience that the three workshops were not associated with the City of Folsom, and if and when the city decides to begin working on the River District, they may go a different route with their own workshops.

For more information, contact Will Kempton at 916-985-2698, ext. 27 or willk@folsompartners.com.