February 2021

We have so much to love in this Newsletter! Another park coming soon, an update on Valley View Park #2, a Bass Lake Update, details on our upcoming family event and more! 

District Offices Closed:
President's Day - February 15th
In This Issue


February Board of Directors Zoom Call Meeting
 
When: Thursday, February 11, 2021
 
*ZOOM CONFERENCE
 
Attend Meeting Online:
Call-in Option: 1 (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 844 2646 0907

Open Meeting and enter into Closed Session - 5:30 p.m. Reconvene to Regular Meeting - 6:30 p.m.

All public meeting participants wishing to provide Public Comment in the Regular Board of Directors Meeting must notify the Clerk of the Board no later than
Wednesday, February 10, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
 
Please email your RSVP to bditonno@edhcsd.org
 
The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors meet regularly the second Thursday of every month. 
 
Click here for more information. Board Agenda Packet will be available for download the Friday before the meeting.
 
District Contact Information
 
Resident Services (Registration Office) 
(916) 933-6624
Gilmore Center (Closed)
(916) 614-3200
Sports Department
(916) 614-3223
Community Pool
(916) 614-3228
Youth Development
(916) 614-3225
District Main Address
1021 Harvard Way
Gilmore Senior Center Address (Closed)
990 Lassen Lane
Parks Building Address
1030 St. Andrews Drive
Useful Links
& Opportunities

District News & Updates
Kevin A. Loewen, EDHCSD General Manager
Hello February!

Bass Lake Regional Park hours have been restored to 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, daily, for all activities including walking, fishing, and dog walking, but remember, they must be on leash! 

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and volunteer while the CSD finishes the environmental studies and working through the County permitting process. If you have an interest in becoming a Welcome Booth Attendant, Park Steward, or on the upcoming Debris Removal at Bass Lake Regional Park, check out VolunteerHUB for opportunities.
 
Daddy & Me and Mommy & Me Date Nights
Registration Opens on February 1, 2021

Get dressed up, get your picture taken, dance together, and walk away with a date box to take home and enjoy! Pre-registration is required and is now open! 

$20 per couple. Social distancing and masks will be observed.

Young Leaders Adopt Valley View Sports Park
Through EDHCSD's Adopt-A-Park/Trail Program

Today, February 1, 2021, Girl Scout Troop 692 and Cub Scout Pack 550 successfully adopted Valley View Sports Park making them the first adopters since the launch of the program! These young volunteers are tomorrow's leaders, they embody the program's slogan "Love Where You Live" and we are thankful for their one-year commitment. 

EDHCSD's Adopt-a-Park/Trial Programlaunched late 2020, as a way for groups and individuals to spend quality time together in the great outdoors, and feel good about their contribution to park beautification. The goal of the Adopt-A-Park/Trail is to offer opportunities for people to be involved in the community in a way that builds a sense of civic pride, appreciation and awareness of our parks and trails. 
 
Interested in the program? Send an email to EDHCSD's Volunteer Coordinator, Meleya Walker at mwalker@edhcsd.org.
Start the New Year with an Amazing Team!
Several positions are now available.

EDHCSD has served the community for nearly 60 years, and currently owns and manages approximately 535 acres. The District manages funding of all District programs and facilities for residents of all ages. We oversee and operate Community Pool, Gilmore Senior Center, EDH Skate Park, enrichment programs for all ages as well as Youth Services through the Recreation Department. Resident Services includes CC&Rs, Design Review Committee, Registration and contract services.

El Dorado Hills Community Services District is excited to welcome new part-time and full-time staff for the following positions:
  • Human Resources Manager, Full-Time
  • Lifeguard, Part-Time, Seasonal
  • Recreation Coordinator, Part-Time
  • Recreation Leader, Part-Time
  • Contract Compliance Technician, Part-Time
  • Maintenance Aide, Part-Time
Community Pool Re-Plastering Now Complete!
February 2021 update
 
The District is excited to announce that the Community Pool re-plastering is now complete! Pool chemicals are balanced and heating has begun. A few minor punch list items remain for the pool decking, but those items will not interfere with scheduling pool use. Along with the pool deck and pool interior, we've taken this time to install a new outdoor shower and upgrade the pool restrooms. Oak Ridge High School will be the first to test the waters, with High School Swim practice beginning Monday, February 8th. At the end of the month the District will kick off the Spring TAZ Swim Clinic. Stay tuned as those sign-ups are coming soon! 

Other exciting news, EDHCSD Aquatics Supervisor, Kate Miller, has been welcoming past lifeguards back for the upcoming season -welcome back team! Aquatic offerings and our April Pool's Day event Grand Re-Opening can be found next month in our Spring Community Resource & Recreation Guide.
Volunteers, We Need You!
Citizens Advisory Committee & Design Review Committee 

Do you ever wonder if there is something you can do to protect the property values in your neighborhood? Applications are being accepted for the CC&R Citizens Advisory Committee. The Committee meets once per month to review CC&R issues. 


If you have experience in architecture, building design, civil engineering, construction, landscaping or other building industry trades, we need you! We have an open Committee position on the Design Review Committee. The Design Review Committee reviews applications for property improvements and new home development. 

Daily Virtual Activities 
Gilmore Senior Center gets Creative!

Dylan Davis, Senior Services Supervisor says, "As we enter a new year, we resolve to see and hear from our friends who we've missed tremendously! Our new virtual activities are one way we'll strive to stimulate deeper connections as well as improved mental and physical health for our seniors." 

In addition to virtual activities, a new monthly newsletter and activity calendar will provide valuable resources to keep seniors active, engaged, and informed. Learn more by visiting EDHCSD's Gilmore Senior Center webpage and tell us what you think!
Bass Lake Stroll
Photo and article by John Kipping, Published Botanist
 
A couple of days ago we decided to visit newly opened to the public park surrounding an old reservoir operated by our local water purveyor. Bass Lake Park is now part of El Dorado Hills Community Service District. The shallow, protected waters attract as many as four dozen naturalized mute swans. We noted a group of resting double-crested cormorants of the dam's gate control tower. The day was comfortably warm and the left bird was gular-flapping for cooling by evaporation. The swans were accompanied by numerous widgeons, and a smattering of coots and pie-billed grebes. The dam consists mainly of river cobbles mined from  Pleistocene  American River deposits near Folsom and Rancho Cordova. 3 and 4 show lovely crustose lichens, probably Xanthoparmelia cumberlandica, patiently working their magic transmutation of inorganic rocks into life.
 
The oak glen was alive with nuthatches, titmice, flickers, acorn woodpeckers, kinglets, juncos and scrub jays. The open areas had both Say's and black phoebes, western bluebirds, and golden-crowned sparrows. The very large, western gray squirrels harvest the heavy cones and then shuck the strong, barbed woody scales to reveal the large nutritious seeds. The pile appeared about two feet deep and twenty by twelve feet across. Many generations of rodents feasted here. 

We loved the park and look forward to seeing the Districts plans for the park come to fruition.

Do you have a story or an experience at Bass Lake Regional Park that you'd like to share? Please email us
Trail Etiquette and Safety Awareness
Share + Be Aware 
 
The District believes that Parks Make Life Better and is committed to preserving open spaces and natural resources as well as making outdoor recreation safe, accessible and welcoming for all ages, stages and abilities. This event aims to increase standard trail etiquette and safety awareness together with sponsors, partners, community involvement and with the campaign, Share & Be Aware. As outdoor recreation continues to gain momentum with both new and seasoned users during the pandemic, education on standard trail etiquette and safety awareness will be key.

Save the Date: March 27, 2021
Where: New York Creek Trail

Special thanks to trail advocate and EDH resident, Jeff Barker, who is working with the District on this event. If you would like to sponsor or partner with us, please email April West, Communications Specialist at awest@edhcsd.org.
Adventure Zone
Spring Break Camp Coming soon....
 
Look out for updates on social media!
Community Park Large Playground Change
Playgrounds are fun for everyone!

Community Park's 5-12 yr Playground was fully renovated is past Summer. During installation, it was recognized the spiral slide had a few issues and needed replaced. Along with that, we noticed that during those hot summer days, the long slide was directly facing into the sun. The contractor, Miracle Playsystems, committed to making it right, and corrected the issues this past week. The musical chimes were also moved closer to the benches to allow for better accessibility. If you haven't already, be sure to come out and enjoy one of the best play areas in EDH!
Bass Lake Regional Park Fencing Around EID Yard 
Thank you Volunteers!

Valley View Village Park 
Update on Valley View Park #2

Construction is set to begin in the early part of 2021, and scheduled for completion in Fall 2021. The Park will complement the wetlands area that surrounds it by blending plenty of open space with area matching landscape design.  The Park will have an accessible parking lot as well as providing great amenities like group picnic pavilions, play areas for kids 2-5 & 5-12, restrooms, benches, bike racks and a meandering accessible walk path for nature walks that surrounds the wetland area.  
What do you want to see in the 2021 Spring Community Resource & Recreation Guide? 
Digital Spring Guide

Our 2021 Spring Community Resource and Recreation Guide comes out next month! You'll learn about upcoming classes, District News, volunteering, Department updates, and more!

If you have ideas or suggestions on what we should include within our Guide, please reply to this Newsletter, or send an email.
Saratoga Estates Village Park
Coming Soon!
 
The District is in the process of reviewing plans for a new park in the Saratoga Estates village. Once construction plans are complete, the park should begin construction in late spring/early summer. The park will include picnic tables, play areas for kids 2-5 & 5-12, a gravity rail zip line, restrooms, benches, barbecue, and bike racks.

Keep a Safe Distance in Parks and on the NYC Trail
Thank you for practicing social distancing!

Skate Park Hours
Please note the upcoming holiday

El Dorado Hills skate park is closed on all national holidays, rainy days and Spare-the-Air days. Also subject to closures due to special events, staffing changes, park improvements or violations of skate park rules. Check our Facebook and Instagram story for Skate Park Updates.

Upcoming Holiday Hours
President's Day (2/15/2021): Closed
Design Review Committee Volunteers Needed
Serve your community!

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District is accepting applications for membership positions on the Design Review Committee (DRC). The DRC reviews property improvement projects and new home development in over 40 villages. An applicant would preferably have a background in architecture, building design, civil engineering, construction, landscaping, or other building industry trades. The time commitment for this volunteer opportunity is approximately six hours a month. Attendance is required to participate and meetings are held 2-3 times a month on Tuesdays.

We Have Exciting News!
EDHCSD Launched a New Website Last Month
  
El Dorado Hills Community Services District is excited to announce our new website launch! Site visitors will experience a fresh look and feel with simplified navigation and new accessibility features with the UserWay accessibility widget. The new website has a responsive design that makes access easy, whether on your cell phone, tablet, or computer. With the addition of the 'How Do I' section of the site, residents can find the most commonly used pages quickly and easily.
 
Another great feature is that the Design Review Committee processes are now electronic, giving the community the ability to submit applications and payments online. Check out the new website today, www.edhcsd.org!
Quick Link  Register to Volunteer
Social Distancing in El Dorado Hills Parks
Please continue to keep a six foot distance.

Please continue to utilize Social Distancing when visiting El Dorado Hills parks and trails.