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Placer County Activities

This month I will showcase County activities available to Placer County residents.

Many people forget that right here in western Placer County there is a veritable cornucopia of summertime recreational activities that are not only free or relatively inexpensive but do not require a lengthy drive or having to battle traffic typically associated with more well-known tourist attractions.

I recently spent the Fourth of July holiday at Folsom Lake with my family and the opportunities for fun family activities abound at this sometimes forgotten lake. There are beaches for swimming and enjoying the sun. You can bring a picnic, cook your food there or utilize the available concessions. The lake provides many water activities including swimming, boating and fishing. There are campgrounds for RV and tent campers and miles of trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians.

Between Placer County and the City of Roseville, you do not have to travel far to find a regional or a city park. These parks run the gamut in terms of recreational activities. There are many different flavors of courts and fields if you feel like shooting some hoops, playing tennis or having a family softball game. With the large expanses of grass present at most parks, you’re only limited by your imagination in terms of possible activities. Many of the parks have adjacent trails, both paved and unpaved and most provide shade structures and barbeque pits. Almost all have bathroom facilities.

Placer Arts offers events and classes through the summer and Placer County Museums regularly have exhibits, presentations and classes. The annual Heritage Trail tour weekend takes place Aug. 11 and 12, when 19 museums from Roseville to Lake Tahoe open with special exhibits and activities. And the tour is free.

Placer County is something of an undiscovered agricultural jewel of the Sierra foothills. Through October, there is a farmers’ market everyday throughout the county. Many of the vendors who sell fresh produce, baked goods and other items are local merchants. Check out the Foothills Farmers’ Market website for a schedule of markets and the changing goods that are offered as different produce comes into season. There are also recipes that use nothing but locally grown produce. We truly live in a gourmand’s paradise. Many of you who have met me know that I am always pleased to point out the many features, activities and benefits that are available to residents and visitors alike in both Placer County and the First District.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to point out one more: new District 1 Director, Cristina Rivera. I have hired Cristina to assist with fulfilling my district responsibilities and she will focus on outreach to district stakeholders. Cristina, who is bilingual, is in the process of revising my website, including a Spanish version and preparing a County contracting information page to demystify the county contracting process. Hopefully, we will see more Placer based businesses participate in county contracting opportunities. Cristina will handle other duties as well, including constituent contact and will ably represent me at events and meetings when my schedule prevents my attendance.

Again, it is my honor to serve you. If you have a question, comment or concern, please call my office at (916) 787-8950, or you can send me an email to