The Cosumnes Community Services District, which serves an estimated 169,000 Sacramento County Residents, announced that it has received the Park Planning & Design Achievement Award from the California Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS) for Jordan Family Park, opened in August 2010.

The annual CPRS Awards Program recognizes excellence of agencies and individuals that publicize, develop and manage programs, parks and facilities. Jordan Family Park joins the CCSD’s Machado Dairy Park (2007) and Kunsting Family Park (2009) as other CPRS award winners.

Planning for Jordan Family Park, located at Jordan Ranch Rd. and Didorwill Ct. east of Highway 99 on a previously undeveloped 1.7 acre parcel, was characterized by extensive dialogue with neighborhood residents regarding funding, park design, and preservation of oak trees.

Ongoing maintenance of the park was made possible through passage in March 2009 of an increase in the annual parks assessment from $115 to $274 for approximately 160 nearby homes, with 88% in support.

“We’re very proud of our work on this new park and the strong partnership we established with the neighborhood to get it planned and built,” said Paul Mewton, chief of Planning, Design and Construction for the CCSD Parks and Recreation Department. “We very much appreciate the recognition from the CPRS, which should be shared by those residents who worked so hard with us to make the park a reality.”

Its award-winning parks and recreation services – including the operation of 87 CCSD parks – operate exclusively within the Elk Grove community. It provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the cities of Elk Grove and Galt, and unincorporated areas of south Sacramento County.