Lincoln Parks and Rec column

Lincoln Parks and Recreation programs very popular as shown by 2018’s enrollments

By: Jim Datzman
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The Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff may be small in number (five full-time personnel) but they administer a wide variety of athletic and social programs throughout the year. The annual report to the Lincoln City Council by the city’s Parks and Recreation committees is intended to make everybody aware of the efficiency demonstrated by staff in conducting these programs.   

Richard Moore has served as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee for the past two years. Moore attributes the success of the local programs to staff’s ability to reach out, interact and work cooperatively with the elected youth league officials, managers and coaches for the various sports activities.  

He also noted that staff works cooperatively with parks maintenance staff on maintenance and improvements to the parks and facilities throughout the year as a true team effort.

Some of the key programs and participants are listed as follows:

Kids Kamp (1,667)                                  

Swim lessons (867)

Community classes (1,816)                

Little League Baseball   (767)

Lincoln Youth Basketball (782)                

Flag Football Program  (346)

Girls’ Softball Association (227)               

Youth Soccer Program (1,196)

Youth Volleyball Program (194)                       

Junior Zebras Football Program and Cheer (275)     

Total: 8,137 enrollments


Kelly Velasco, the Parks and Recreation Committee vice-chair, also attributes the success of many of these programs to the positive and collaborative relationship that exists between our program staff and the Western Placer Unified School District staff. The numbers serve as evidence that inter-agency cooperation in government makes the public the ultimate winner.

The latest success for the Parks and Recreation Department occurred on Thanksgiving Day when the city sponsored the inaugural Lincoln Turkey Trot Program. Staff was amazed upon receiving 459 applications for the 5K and 10K routes.  A survey revealed a strong response requesting that the event be held again next Thanksgiving.


How do I find out what is available in the way of programs and facilities?

This is an often-asked question.   

Fortunately, the question is an easy one to answer. Many residents recently received a copy of the City of Lincoln Recreation Guide (Winter/Spring 2019 edition) in the mail. Additional copies are available to the public at the Community Center at 2010 First St. during normal business hours.The complete guide is also conveniently available online at Here you will find information on programs and classes, camps, parks, our community pool, open space and trails, community facilities, special events, and yes, even an application form to make the process as convenient as possible.

If you still have questions, just call our friendly Recreation Department staff at 916-434-3220 and they will be happy to answer them.

In summary, the quality of life in our city is clearly linked to the parks and programs available to the public. City Council has consistently supported the continuance of these programs on a cost-effective basis. The program numbers clearly confirm that staff stays busy getting it done for the youth of our community, while also offering a variety of classes and activities for interested adults. We thank them for that and wish them continued success in 2019.


Jim Datzman is a Lincoln Parks and Recreation Committee member.