Mark your calendars for some outdoor fun – some of our favorite events are coming right up! Chalk it Up is a Labor Day weekend fixture and the creative festival at Fremont Park is getting an expansion with Natomas Garden and Arts Club having a special event on Saturday only – stop by and check it out!
History is one of the things we celeberate and Preservation Sacramento is having their Historic Home Tour Sept 18. Get your tickets early and stop by our table to say “hi” and talk National Park City.
Last thing not to be missed is Porchfest! It’s what every porch wants to be and showcases some of the best things in Sacramento. OK it is October 1, but you’ve been warned in advance so you don’t miss out. Get out a calendar and plan to hit all these things!
Ever thought about what our city would be if trees designed it? The Possible City considers the long term thinking and celebration in their exhibition and story The Dance of Thousands of Years that just opened in Seoul!
“a tree’s body, record of a dance that’s lasted thousands of years
can we remember the steps?”
They ask – What if we listened to the voice of the trees, how might the things we hear transform the landscape of a city over years, decades, centuries? Here in the City of Trees we have so many to listen to – try it and share what you hear!
Designing our city like a tree would fits nicely with how we want a National Park City – share your ideas on our What If page as we build our vision for what it will be!
Green Drinks is back and highlighting us this Thursday at New Helvetia! Come on down and say hi! We’re starting to ramp up our campaign and if you’ve been on the sidelines and want to help out now is the right time to join – you can have a say in what Sacramento National Park City means and how it rolls out.
It’s been really fun starting this campaign virtually by meeting so many great local partners, and our last network call had people from all over the world participating – New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, UK, Korea, and Chattanooga! (Funny none of them had heard of Green Drinks either!) If you can’t make it Thursday drop me a note and we can talk about how to get involved.
What better way to get the freshest food possible and support the people making our region greener and more productive? Hit a farmers market during National Farmer’s Market Week and use this great new guide from Alchemist CDC to find and use the markets – they can help you with incentives that make them even more affordable!
Biking is one of the best ways to explore the city! May is packed with events and you should sign up at May is Bike Month! If you don’t have a team already join our SacParkCity Team! We’re hosting an event May 16 at Gateway Garden where we tour the community created gardens of Oak Park with Bike Party – check out the flyer below.
There will be mural rides and lots of social rides and you can explore more routes like the River to River Trail! Don’t miss out!
Spaces in Sacramento are always changing and developing – how do we ensure we are creating successful ones? Research from Project for Public Spaces shows that focus on the human experience can have immediate and widespread effects.
“The idea behind this concept is that places thrive when users have a range of reasons (10+) to be there. These might include a place to sit, playgrounds to enjoy, art to touch, music to hear, food to eat, history to experience, and people to meet. Ideally, some of these activities will be unique to that particular place, reflecting the culture and history of the surrounding community. Local residents who use this space most regularly will be the best source of ideas for which uses will work best.
Further, when cities contain at least 10 of these destinations or districts, their public perception begins to shift amongst both locals and tourists, and urban centers can become better equipped for generating resilience and innovation.”
How many places in Sacramento can you think of that have 10+ reasons to be there? Old Sac has train ride, underground tour, train museum, carousel, river walk, taste candy, history museum, boat rides, carriage rides, costume shopping, taffy sampling, eating, and drinking so checks the boxes. On R Street you can eat, drink, admire murals, see a band, shop – could use a few more. Let’s hope as Stockton Blvd is redeveloped and Alchemist Public Market grows we can create more places that make destinations and activate our city!
We need some help getting to the next step and it just takes a moment for you to help by signing the Charter for Sacramento. The National Park City Foundation just released the Journey Book, which is a guide with 10 steps to becoming a National Park City. We need 200 residents to indicate support for Sacramento becoming a National Park City and have about 50 right now.
If you think this is a great idea like we do, please take a moment and add your name to the Charter!
How about meeting some of the artists in their spaces and supporting their work? Sac Open Studios happens the following two weekends on Sept 11-12 and 18-19. It’s a chance to see artist studios that are only open during this time so don’t miss it!
Last but not least, Wide Open Walls Festival is going on Sept 9-18 around town, so why not combine the open studio visits with encouragement to some of the muralists adding new walls around town! Find the spots you can walk to or spend the day on your bike exploring!
If you’re inspired by these things, maybe you can apply it at home – Porch Placemaking Week follows all this from Sept 27- Oct 3. You can add your porch (or balcony, or sidewalk) to the map and make something interesting for your neighbors and visitors to enjoy!