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Elk Grove Multi-Sports Complex: What we did over the Holidays!

Over the holidays, spanning from mid-November to mid-January, Callander Associates was part of a large team charged with the fast paced development of a master plan for a multi-sports complex for the City of Elk Grove.  The City had recently acquired a large 100 acre parcel and was moving forward to solidify the vision and potential costs of the project.  After many late nights and weekends and countless meetings and cell phone calls over the busy holidays, it proved to be an exciting process and really showcases what can be accomplished when a talented group of people all work together towards the same goal.


Working with user groups, stakeholders and City staff a conceptual site design was developed and presented to City Council for approval on January 28th, 2015.  The plan includes 16 multi-purpose sports fields, with 12 full-sized soccer fields and 4 training fields.  Field types are comprised of mostly sand based natural grass with a few proposed as synthetic turf. A 9,000 seating capacity stadium is proposed for the north third of the project with supporting parking, academy, stage and other facilities.  The rest of the site includes additional amenities such as playgrounds, restrooms, shade structures, par course with running path, drainage facilities, practice areas and a re-purposed maintenance building.


The City’s vision is to provide the first elite amateur and professional level soccer training and field complex in northern California.  It will provide high quality fields and facilities necessary to attract and host international, national and regional tournament competitions, camps, clinics and showcase events.


The site’s orientation relative to north was a primary design driver for the conceptual site plan.  This meant rotating the fields approximately 45 degrees relative to the property lines.  The resultant triangles created by the rotated fields led to great opportunities for the other supporting uses such as parking and playgrounds.  The needed 3,000 parking spaces are spread around the site to provide better field access and are serviced by a perimeter road.


Major site planning challenges included anticipating the future build-out of the large right-of-way for Grant Line Road and the new signal at Waterman Road.  Most of the access would come from this intersection and required careful study and design options for the parking controls and circulation of the site.   Other challenges included sensitivities to neighbors in regards to lighting, access for large trucks and anticipating future expansion of the project and planning for the area.

Ben Woodside, Principal

Credit for the above models goes to our great Callander Team: Dave Rubin, Pierre Chin-Dickey and Zach Katz!

Hot Off The Press: Historic McClatchy Park

Every so often a project comes along that turns out to be Press Worthy…well the editors at Landscape Architect Specifier News (LASN) felt Historic McClatchy Park Renovation was just that project! Out of 54 park project submittals, the editors at LASN chose McClatchy to be one of the 8 featured projects in their March Parks and Playground issue. article-mcclatchyWe could not be more excited on this exposure for the Oak Park Community and the City of Sacramento!

Please click here to view the article!

ASLA Merit Award: Lake Natoma Waterfront & Trail Access

We are so excited to announce that our Lake Natoma Waterfront and Trail Access project was recently awarded an ASLA Merit Award for Visionary/Unbuilt projects. This award is an affirmation of the importance of well-designed access to trails for all user groups and most importantly recognizes the forward thinking of our client, the City of Folsom.


Photo Courtesy: City of Folsom

Lake Natoma has long been a respite for the community from urban expansion and the rigors of daily life. The lake’s trail system provides a critical linkage between urban life and the natural environment of the lake by attracting families, cyclists, runners, kayakers, and many other groups year round. The corridor contains a network of improved trails and un-improved “volunteer” trails, which are spawned from user experience but are less durable over time.


The project study area boasts views of the lake, mature trees, rock outcroppings, and shade from the expansive Lake Natoma Crossing bridge, and is one of the most beloved areas of the lake. As a result, it is heavily used via these volunteer trails. It is so well loved that the use exceeds the carrying capacity of the land, creating issues that include bank erosion, unsafe trails and negative impacts on habitat.


The design team and the City set out to design a resilient, low impact trail that protects resources and provides ADA access all the way from the Folsom Historic District to Lake Natoma. With this visionary concept guiding the way, the design minimizes disturbance by utilizing alignments of the existing volunteer trails, provides access to the water via a water landing, and is constructed of concrete utilizing a specially developed finish resembling a natural trail. When complete, the trail will serve as the gold standard of inclusive trails within the region.



Historic McClatchy Park Renovation: All Aboard!

For the past two years Callander Associates has been working with the City of Sacramento to renovate this historic park. We have been eager to see the City’s vision finally come to life. Well..the wait is over!


The Grand Re-Opening of the renovated McClatchy Park was held on October 18, 2014 and the reception was amazing! With hundreds in attendance, including Mayor Kevin Johnson, it seemed like the entire community came out for this event.


We could not be more proud of the outcome of this project. And while we are a little biased, we feel the project’s improvements pay homage to the history of the site and capture the character of this Sacramento Community so well the park will be a sought-out recreation destination for years to come!



We are excited to announce that this project is featured in the March issues of Landscape Architect Specifier News! To check out the article click here



Ripple Effect: Jerome D. Barry Park 2014 APWA Winner!

We just got news that Jerome D. Barry Park has won the 2014 Sacramento Chapter APWA Project of the Year Award in the Parks & Trails category! image-1

When given the challenge to design an urban neighborhood park on a two-acre site which will also be home to a 3-million gallon water distribution facility, you have two choices; you can try to sequester the 40 foot tall water tank to the least prominent corner of the site, plant trees around it and do your best to simply ignore it, or, you do what Callander Associates and Carollo Engineers (prime consultant and project water engineers) did at Jerome D. Barry Park and celebrate the tank and its importance to the community by making it the central focal feature of the park.


This dual purpose park and water storage facility, which replaces a former industrial site, is a significant infrastructure and recreation asset for the City of West Sacramento. The facility provides water for ongoing development of the rejuvenated Bridge District of West Sacramento. The project team’s understanding of the importance of this facility in the development of the District inspired us to explore ways to make the tank and associated pump building a major park feature.


Due to Homeland Security regulations, the public will not be allowed direct physical access to the tank so treatment of the tank had to be more visual than interactive.  To begin with, the tank was placed in the middle of the site so that all the park features and amenities wrap around it. The entire circumference of the 120-foot diameter tank is embellished with a network of vertical and horizontal pipes.


These pipes, which have been painted in bright green, yellow and red tones to reflect the architectural color scheme of the adjacent neighborhood, align with similarly colored bands of concrete which radiate out throughout the park. These color bands serve to draw park visitors’ attention back to the tank. The pipes and colored bands are an interpretation of the subsurface pipe network which distributes water from the tank to the 10,000 current and future residents of the District. As an added feature the tank pipes light up at night making the tank a beacon and landmark for the entire District.


We are proud to announce that Jerome D. Barry Park is now open. The water supply that is provided by these facilities is necessary for continued growth of the Bridge District. With the park and water facilities now in place we look forward to seeing  the ripple effect that these improvements have in promoting further development of the neighborhood and surrounding community.image-6

Written by Dan Miller, Associate at Callander Associates and Project Manager for Jerome D. Barry Park.