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Tykes take tour of Folsom Historic District

Tour teaches kids about construction, informs parents about redevelopmet project
By: Laura Newell Telegraph Staff Writer
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A group of preschool kids and their moms took a tour along Sutter Street recently and had some tasty stops on the way. The event began with a construction-themed picture-book story time at Karen’s Bakery in the Historic District with owner Karen Holmes. “I have storybook time every second Tuesday of the month and the Folsom Zoo usually comes visit,” Holmes said. “But, I had this idea to do the whole thing with Teichert.” After story time, the group walked to a tractor for pictures and questions with Teichert construction workers. The tour ended at Snooks Candies and Chocolate Factory where the kids stamped chocolate coins featuring the Revitalization Project logo. “When you get to hear a story and see the immediate work go on, why wouldn’t this be exciting?” said Amy Feagans, Folsom housing and redevelopment director. The event taught young children about construction work and showed moms and other community members that Sutter Street is still open for business during the Historic District revitalization project. “It will give people a better perspective of how hard this work is, and what is really going on,” Feagans said. “This is something that these kids will remember for a long time.” Five-year-old Suzette Dupre was excited to visit the construction site with her mom, and explained her day with excited jumps and giggles. “I saw my first mighty machine,” Dupre said. Folsom mom Kerri Shull brought her two sons, 5 and 2, and another young friend. “It is perfect today with the construction because we have all the boys,” Shull said. “We hope to have a lot of fun today and maybe come back next month.” As construction continues, Folsom Historic District Association director Shannon Cheyne, said events like this will help keep people informed about the project. The $8.4 million construction project will continue through the summer. Cheyne said Teichert is slated to be working on the sewer lines in the 800 and 900 blocks of Sutter Street. Those blocks will be closed to vehicle traffic in the next week. The sidewalks and businesses will be open. The parking garage will also be open with all surface lots accessible. “People can be expecting pedestrian walkways and signs this week to make the district more walking friendly,” Cheyne said.