The Folsom City Council is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on an 11-member Historic District Parking Solutions Ad Hoc Committee. The Committee will explore possible solutions to alleviate traffic and parking concerns in the residential portions of the Historic District.
Beginning Monday, April 22, a railroad crossing replacement project will require a full 10-day closure of Iron Point Road between East Bidwell Street and Cavitt Road to replace the existing deteriorated railroad tracks and drain pipes. Iron Point Road will be closed to vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic for 24 hours a day. All traffic will be detoured to Broadstone Parkway. All local businesses will be accessible during the closure. For more information contact Senior Civil Engineer Ryan Chance at 916-461-6713 or email@example.com
Vista del Lago High School continues to experience its largest student enrollment since it opened more than a decade ago. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board of Education has taken steps to manage school capacity for the upcoming 2019-20 school year, and the district will engage the community in the coming months to review school boundaries to help permanently alleviate overcrowding.
The California Association of Park and Recreation Commissioners & Board Members recognized Folsom Parks & Recreation with an Achievement Award for the department’s Renovation Master Plan. Pictured with the award are Folsom Parks & Recreation Director Lorraine Poggione and Facilities Maintenance Manager Tim O’Shea.
Folsom Parks & Recreation spring break camps take place the week of April 15 to keep kids and teens busy and engaged while they’re out of school. Camp options include soccer, tennis, science and chemistry, fine arts, robotics, and Junior Zookeeper camp. The Steve Miklos Aquatic Center also offers spring break swim lessons. Learn more and register today.
Faces of Folsom is a photojournalistic project produced by members of the Teen Library Council that have captured portraits and stories of Folsom’s community members. The exhibit will kick off on March 30 and run through April 30 at the Folsom Public Library. A brief opening reception will be held March 30 at 10:30 a.m. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
FOLSOM, CA- Firefighters from the City of Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to a one-alarm structure fire to a single-story home located in the 100 block of River Ridge Way in Folsom. A total of four engine companies, two truck companies, one paramedic ambulance, one air unit, two chief officers, and one fire investigator were dispatched to the scene.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Folsom’s iconic Rainbow Bridge at once-in-a-lifetime events planned in the Historic District Saturday, May 4.
The Rainbow Bridge will close to vehicular traffic to allow the community to explore the bridge on foot. The festivities kick off with a rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. World-renowned slackline athlete Ryan Robinson – who was raised in Folsom – will attempt to set a world record by traversing the 1,919-foot span over the American River between Lake Natoma Crossing and the Rainbow Bridge on a 1-inch wide line. A festival with informational displays about the landmark bridge, guided walking tours, hands-on activities, and a display of vintage cars round out the morning events that are free and open to the public.
Do you need to get rid of bulky items that don’t fit into your trash cans, such as old barbecues, patio furniture, and extra yard waste? The City of Folsom can help with its free Bulky Waste Pickup Program. Follow these easy steps to schedule a pickup:
Honor and celebrate moms at the 5 th annual Love My Mom 5K Saturday, May 11. This popular event is presented by Folsom Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Palladio and Kaiser. The 5K course – 3.1 miles – is flat and closed to traffic, making it an ideal route for runners, walkers, and stroller striders. The race starts and finishes at Whole Foods; the course includes the Palladio’s interior streets and surrounding roads. Kids ages 10 and under can register for the Kids’ Dash and take home a medal to commemorate their accomplishment.
It's that time of year again, longer days, warmer temperatures and... mosquitoes. Increased rain from a very wet winter left behind stagnant water and more areas where mosquitoes can develop. More mosquitoes means a bigger threat of West Nile virus, a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by following these tips from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District:
In celebration of Rainbow Bridge's 100th anniversary, commemorative blueprint posters are available for the public. To get your free copy, visit the Information Desk at City Hall, 50 Natoma Street during normal business hours. To learn more about the centennial celebration visitwww.folsomrainbowbridge.com.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officially began accepting tax returns on January 28, 2019. As the April 15 deadline approaches, more and more criminals are out trolling for their next victim. Make sure you don’t become a victim this tax season.
Here are some of the most common tax scams that have surfaced over the years.
The Folsom community is coming together again to plan the sixth annual Community Service Day, Folsom’s largest day of volunteerism. This powerful day of service mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages and interests to complete dozens of service projects throughout Folsom. Organizers are seeking community-based projects for this year's Community Service Day event, planned for Saturday, September 21.
Trails Day/Arbor Day
Join other community volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13 for Folsom's 25th annual Trails Day and Arbor Day event. Volunteers are needed to help with trail enhancements, and tree maintenance and planting along trails and open space areas in the city. All volunteers receive a free commemorative T-shirt, lunch, and beverages – plus the satisfaction of making a positive contribution to the environment and community. The event is free, but you must pre-register to participate.
Creek Week/Earth Day
Volunteers are needed to clean up sections of the Humbug, Willow, and Hinkle Creeks in Folsom. This event is sponsored by the Sacramento Area Creeks Council as part of the Regional Creek Week activities. Register for Creek Week volunteer duty online or call 916-454-4544 for more information.
Volunteers should wear work clothes and shoes, and bring a pair of work gloves. These events are free, but you must pre-register to participate!
An exhibit of special paintings created by some of the zoo sanctuary animals opens Friday, March 8 in the Community Gallery at 48 Natoma Street. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary’s “animal artists-in-residence” program includes Boss Hog the African pygmy hedgehog, Ernie the Zebu, Henry the black bear, Funk the skunk, Delilah the mule deer, and Pouncer the tiger. Each animal uses washable, non-toxic paint to create their unique, one-of-a-kind works of art. The act of painting provides the animals with behavioral enrichment, and all proceeds from the sale of the paintings are used to help care for and feed the zoo sanctuary animals.
The Folsom community is coming together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic Rainbow Bridge that opened on February 10, 1919.
Ever wonder where Folsom's drinking water comes from? Find out about our water source and how water is treated at Folsom's water treatment plant before it makes its way to your tap? in this video from the Folsom Environmental & Water Resources Department.
The Folsom Fire Department’s annual Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course begins in March. The course curriculum includes: how to assist family members and neighbors until emergency responders arrive, disaster preparedness, first aid, search and rescue, and emergency response plans. Students who complete the required training course and pass a background check will become members of the Folsom Fire Department’s volunteer CERT team. The CERT training course is free; participants must be age 18 or older, and preference is given to applicants who live or work in Folsom. For more information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A celebration parade in Historic Folsom tomorrow night will honor the 2018 state champion Folsom Bulldogs team and the 2018 state champion Vista del Lago girls varsity cross country team. The parade begins at 7 p.m. with participants marching down Coloma and Sutter streets. The parade will conclude with a rally at the Folsom Historic Amphitheater. Those planning on attending the parade should park at Rodeo Park or the Historic District parking garage. The community is encouraged to attend. For information about shopping and dining in Historic Folsom, visit www.historicfolsom.org.
The new Rec Guide was mailed to Folsom residents last week. The guide includes programs for all ages, with a wide variety of topics including fitness and sports, fine arts and crafts, swim lessons, cooking, social activities, school break camps, and family-focused special events.
The Lake Natoma Trail Gap Closure project in Folsom’s Historic District was completed at the end of December and is now open for use by cyclists and pedestrians. It includes the city’s first Class IV bike trail, also called a “separated bikeway,” which is a 12-foot-wide paved path that parallels Leidesdorff Street between Reading and Wool streets.
Here are a few simple holiday fire safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.
The City of Folsom Public Works Department has been busy clearing gutters and storm drain inlets of fallen leaves. When leaves accumulate on the street, it is challenging for street sweepers to pick up the leaves, which can clog storm drain inlets resulting in localized flooding. Here’s how residents can help:
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) and the City of Folsom has formalized an annexation agreement that will officially bring the City of Folsom into the District as a member entity effective Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
Per the Sacramento County Public Health Officer it is advised to not use masks, such as the N95, due to wildfire smoke in the area as the health risks of the mask outweigh the benefits.
The Folsom Fire Department is recommending people stay indoors as much as possible and to keep doors and windows closed. This precautionary advisory is effective through November 16th due to smoke from the Camp Fire that is impacting our local air quality.
The Sacramento area, including Folsom, will be under a Red Flag Warning from 10 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Monday morning. The City of Folsom Fire Department urges its residents and business owners to remain extra vigilant during this time and to report fires to 9-1-1 immediately.
Intersections can be dangerous areas for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, especially during peak commute times.
More than 50 percent of the combined total of fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Inattentiveness, reckless driving, and speeding can all lead to a serious accident at an intersection.
Fall is the perfect time to redo your yard and add low-water use plants great for our climate. The soil still holds summer's warmth, which encourages root growth, but new plants don’t require as much water because the days are getting cooler instead of heating up.
When spring rolls around, your fall plantings will have established root systems and be ready to start their growth spurt and be better prepared for the heat of summer.
The California Voter’s Choice Act became law in 2016, making voting more convenient and accessible. Ballots are now mailed to all voters, and you may choose to vote via mail, drop-box or the new Vote Centers. Vote Centers open October 27 through Election Day, November 6, and any voter may visit any Vote Center.
If you need to contact 9-1-1 for emergency services, you can now do it by text anywhere in Sacramento County, including Folsom.
Sacramento County 9-1-1 Centers representing all law enforcement and fire agencies in the region announced Text-to-9-1-1 service is now available countywide. This means all 9-1-1 public safety dispatch centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages from citizens.
In October 2017, the City of Folsom celebrated the completion of the Johnny Cash Trail. The 2.5-mile paved trail provides cyclists and pedestrians with a scenic journey through open meadows and mature native oak woodlands, and views of the American River. The completion of the Johnny Cash Trail also makes it possible to travel a full circle around Lake Natoma entirely by trail, and provides connections to Folsom’s Historic District.
An 18-month schedule of infrastructure, road and safety improvements that started south of Highway 50 in the spring of 2017 is now complete. That first phase of work included sewer, water, streets, streetlights, and utilities as well as the reconstruction of East Bidwell Street between the first portion of the new Alder Creek Parkway and White Rock Road. More than 3.5 miles of sewer pipe were laid and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District built a substation to serve the area with electrical power.
This project broke ground in late June and creates Folsom’s first Class IV bike trail, for exclusive use by cyclists. The first phase of construction is nearing completion with a new sidewalk for pedestrians and a 12-foot-wide dedicated bike path in Folsom’s Historic District along Leidesdorff Street between Reading and Wool streets.
Construction begins the week of October 1 for the new bike/pedestrian undercrossing that will connect the Oak Parkway Trail to the Johnny Cash Trail. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the work zone on Natoma Street between Fargo Way and Prison Road.
The Folsom Fire Department’s annual Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course begins in March. The course curriculum includes: how to assist family members and neighbors until emergency responders arrive, disaster preparedness, first aid, search and rescue, and emergency response plans. Students who complete the required training course and pass a background check will become members of the Folsom Fire Department’s volunteer CERT team.
The Folsom Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Citizen’s Academy. This 12-week academy starts January 9 and provides an in-depth look at the Folsom Police and Fire Departments and other city services. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and class size is limited.
The Folsom Aquatic Center will be undergoing a major renovation project on the 50-meter side of the facility. The project begins the week of October 1 and includes replastering the 50-meter pool and replacing approximately 12,000 square feet of existing pool deck. The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2018.
Work to connect the Oak Parkway Trail to the Johnny Cash Trail near East Natoma Street and Prison Road begins the week of October 1. This project will create a tunnel directly under East Natoma Street and provide a seamless and safe route for trail users to transition between the two trails.
Proceeds from the sale of the collectible will help fund “Cash’s Pick,” the first two public art installments along the Johnny Cash Trail.
Purchase a commemorative plate on the Johnny Cash Art Trail Donor Wall and show your support for this unique, world-class public art project!
A new Traffic Management Center at City Hall allows traffic engineering staff to monitor traffic signal operations throughout the city in real-time, make real-time adjustments of the signals and provide immediate response for any malfunctions to the traffic network system.
Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell delivered the 2019 State of the City address at a luncheon hosted by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 17. In the annual address, Mayor Howell reviewed recent accomplishments and shared upcoming milestones in the year ahead. A recorded version of the speech is available on the City’s website.
The City of Folsom created a temporary land art installation in May 2018 to celebrate hosting the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 men’s race start. The large-scale banner was installed near the corner of East Natoma Street and Folsom Lake Crossing, the future site of the Legacy Park. The banner depicted an artist’s rendering of “The Man in Black” statue that is a future planned work of public art for the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience. The Stage 6 route started riders on the Johnny Cash Trail and continued onto Folsom Lake Crossing; the race stage ended in Lake Tahoe.
All City of Folsom intersections have been upgraded to LED lighting, which improves safety conditions and saves energy and money
For the first time, the City of Folsom, Visit Folsom, and Palladio at Broadstone are proud to host this mass participation bike ride open to the public and to road cyclists of all skill levels. The scenic rides are designed by Le Tour de France directors and provide cyclists with challenging courses comparable to an Alps mountain stage of the world’s most well-known bike race. The event includes a Cycling and Lifestyle Expo Saturday, October 27 at the Palladio.
Progress on the Broder Family Homestead Park parking lot, at East Natoma Street and Bowen Drive, continues with an expected completion date of November 2018. Once parking lot construction is complete, construction on the 4.7-acre Broder Family Homestead Park will begin.
The Folsom City Council unanimously voted to approve the Folsom 2035 General Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report at the August 28 City Council Meeting. The General Plan provides a framework for the long-range physical development of Folsom, and it guides policy decision-making about land use, transportation improvements, public services, economic development, housing, and other important issues. It is a document required by the State of California that serves as a blueprint for how Folsom will grow and develop, and sets a vision for goals and policies for the future of the community. Folsom’s last General Plan was adopted in 1988.
To further increase public safety and prevent crimes, the Folsom Police Department launched a new bike patrol program on Folsom’s trails.