On Tuesday night, January 19th 2021, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the acquisition of the Blue Diamond property as an addition to Sutter’s Landing Park. The City will use the $1.6 million Proposition 68 grant the City received from the Wildlife Conservation Board’s (WCB) Lower American River Conservancy to purchase this property.
Your active support for funding this acquisition was critical! Thank you! WCB received more support for letters for the Sutter’s Landing Park acquisition project than any other project that it considered under the Lower American River Conservancy program (your letters and letters from Mr. McDaniel’s students at Washington Elementary School are part of the grant official records!).
The City also reached agreement with the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) to secure the adjacent property that SMUD owns immediately to the west of the Blue Diamond property. SMUD has built its new Substation B electrical transfer station on the southern portion of its property and will soon be dismantling the old transfer station infrastructure (the power lines will remain). SMUD will transfer to the City the portion of its property that sits to the northeast of Substation B and continues to the middle of the Lower American River.
Together, these properties will add about 30 acres to Sutter’s Landing Park providing for wildlife habitat protection (and hopefully restoration) and the possibility of hiking trails and the extension of the Two Rivers Trail westward just about to the Northern Sacramento Bikeway.
Before the City actually takes title to the two properties, Blue Diamond and SMUD must complete remediation of their respective properties which could take 12-18 months. This should provide time for the City to plan how best to use the park expansion properties.