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White Rock Park Grand Opening Brings Out Community
The Cordova Recreation and Park District celebrated the grand reopening of White Rock Community Park on Saturday, much to the delight of the surrounding neighborhood. Thousands of residents flocked to the park to celebrate the complete renovation of the park, in the works for seven years. The residents enjoyed live music, games, crafts, bouncers, a giant slide, free piggy bank and beach balls compliments of Cordova Recreation and Park District, free barbecue, tours of the new building, and took time to meet District staff and local dignitaries. Most popular of all, this day marked the inaugural run of the park’s free splash park, a 4,000 square foot behemoth that includes a huge dumping bucket, slides, spray jets, and more. The splash park is the largest free public splash park in Sacramento County, perhaps even in Northern California.
The funding for the park renovation is a showcase for remarkable cooperation between public entities. The project was funded by a $2.5 million competitive grant won by the Cordova Recreation and Park District, $1 million in Park Renovation Fees from the City of Rancho Cordova, and $147,000 in Federal HUD Funds. The resulting project included a new community center building, new basketball courts, new neighborhood sports fields, new pathways, new playgrounds, and a spectacular spray park. Future renovations will include horseshoe pits and tennis courts.
The renovation was well received by those in attendance. One young participant was heard to exclaim “This is the best park in the whole, wide WORLD!”