Children played in the background while bicyclists and walkers enjoyed a nearby trail Wednesday morning as more than 75 people gathered to formally celebrate the grand opening of Dry Creek Community Park.
The 34-acre park is located at 9245 Walerga Road west of the city of Roseville. Dry Creek runs through the northern half of the park.
“This is a very well-done project and I’m proud to be here,” said 1st District Supervisor Jack Duran, the area’s representative on the Board of Supervisors.
He noted that Placer County now has approximately 200 acres of public open space along the Dry Creek corridor.
“The park is an example of what makes Placer County a family-friendly and great place to live,” added Greg Fayard, the 1st District representative on the Placer County Parks Commission.
County Facility Services Director Mary Dietrich offered introductory remarks, noting that an extensive public process was used to determine the desires of the community for recreation amenities in the area and features for the park.
The park features two tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, a basketball court, tot lot, picnic pavilion and a restroom and concession building.
“A project like this only happens when a lot of people are pulling together, working toward a common goal,” County Parks Administrator John Ramirez told the crowd. “There are a lot of thanks to go around."
He thanked the Capital Improvements Division of the Facility Services Department for keeping construction of the park on schedule and under budget and his team from the department’s Parks and Grounds Division for maintaining the park. He also saluted several contractors who helped on the project, including SW Allen Construction for building the recreational facilities, Vinciguerra Construction for building the park’s infrastructure and Yamasaki Landscape Architecture for its work as landscape architect.