Posts Tagged ‘East Portal Park’

Where to “Park”?

March 16, 2011

Hello Fellow East Sac Moms! I’m excited to be a guest contributor here at East Sac Mom, and I look forward to sharing current ideas, trends, tips and advice as they relate to real estate in wonderful East Sacramento.

Why do we love East Sac so much? If you’re like me, you were probably drawn to the family-oriented and active lifestyle, all centered around three beautiful and popular parks:  McKinley, East Portal and Bertha Henschel. As local parents, you likely know each park’s highlights—awesome playgrounds, hosting events like “Pops in the Park” and “Screen on the Green”, and the recreation they provide with their tennis courts, jogging trails and playing fields. 

What many people don’t think about, though, is the role these parks play in the decision to buy or sell a home. Given that most East Sac homes have smaller yards, being right on the park gives many families that extra room to “stretch.” Personally, I love the idea of looking out my front window, seeing my son playing at the park, and calling him back home when it’s dinnertime. Just a hop across the street? Perfect.

But as I’ve learned during several Open Houses I’ve held right across from neighborhood parks, not everyone agrees. Many people see the park as a deterrent—they’re concerned about noise, crime and parking.  And should they purchase that home “on” the park, those things also make them question re-salability.  Ultimately they like the idea of being near the park—but they don’t want to be directly on it.

In East Sac, no definite market statistics exist that show whether homes on the park sell higher or lower, faster or slower.  This is easily contributed to a lack of one common opinion on the subject. It’s sort of like swimming pools—some people love them, some people don’t.

So I pose the question to you—the East Sac Mom reader. Where is your ideal place to “park”?  Would you pay $10,000 more for a home directly on or across from the park, or would you see the park as a drawback and therefore want to pay less for a home that you loved nonetheless?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

2010 Sac Screen on the Green

August 5, 2010

Round up your picnic blankets, chairs, pillows and popcorn and get ready for the 2010 Screen on the Green series! All shows are *FREE* thanks to Council Member Steve Cohn and East Sacramento businesses and begin at sundown. The location and films being shown are as follows:

Saturday, August 7
Grant Park (21st and C Streets)
“Happy Feet”

Saturday, August 14
Babcock Park (2498 Cormorant Way)

Saturday, August 21
East Portal Park (51st and M Streets)
“The Rookie”

Saturday, August 28
Glenn Hall Park (Sandburg and Carlson Drives)

For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7235.

We’ll see you there!

Kidz Love Soccer

July 27, 2010

Occasionally I am asked how I find out about some of the activities and events we feature on East Sac Mom. Basically, I’m nosy. And I ask a lot of questions.

A few weeks ago we were enjoying a cool Saturday morning at East Portal Park and happened to notice a group of toddlers and parents engaging in what appeared to be an organized soccer practice. Intrigued, I walked over (after the practice when the kids and adults all swarmed the playground) and asked the coach who they were and what they were doing there. That’s how I found Kidz Love Soccer!

For over 30 years Kidz Love Soccer (KLS) has been dedicated to teaching children the world’s most popular game within a nurturing environment. At Kidz Love Soccer the emphasis is always on fun! Located throughout the states of California and Washington, KLS provides the foremost in soccer camps and instruction for kids age 2 to 12, instilling an exuberant, skillful confidence, in the young player … through the Kidz Love Soccer method; a session experience includes age appropriate activities: skill demonstrations, fun games, and instructional scrimmages always conducted in a non-competitive, recreational format.

East Portal Park is the home of three KLS sessions that run year-round: Mommy & Me (ages 2 1/2-3 1/2), Tot-Soccer (3 1/2-4) and Pre-Soccer (4-5). Parent participating is required in Mommy & Me as well as Tot-Soccer. There were two coaches during the session we observed and there was more than enough equipment for everyone participating.

Kidz Love Soccer sessions last 8 weeks and cost $80 per child. For more information click HERE or call 408.774.4629. To register click HERE or call 916.808.6060.

East Portal Park is located at 1120 Rodeo Way, near L Street.

We’ll see you there!

2010 Pops in the Park

May 26, 2010

Is anyone else giddy with excitement over the Pops in the Park starting June 5th? If you were to ask May, summer officially begins when the school year ends. If you ask me, it’s the first evening of Pops in the Park. The *FREE* concert series is sponsored by Council Member Steve Cohn and take place at various parks around East Sacramento. Each concert begins at 6PM and while there is street parking, we encourage you to ride your bike and enjoy the *FREE* bicycle valet provided by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.

Here are the dates, locations and performers for this year’s Pops in the Park:

Saturday, June 5
East Portal Park
51st & M Streets
“Whiskey Dawn”

Saturday, June 12
Glenn Hall Park
Sandburg & Carlson Drives
“Because” (Beatles tribute)

Saturday, June 19
Bertha Henschel Park
45th Street & Brand Way
“Swing Masters”

Saturday, June 26
McKinley Park
H Street & Alhambra
“The Q-Balls”

Gather your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners!

Pops in the Park is *FREE* and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7235.

We’ll see you there!

Saturday Morning Playgroup at East Portal

August 6, 2009

Maybe you’ve driven by East Portal Park and seen what looks like a picnic or a family gathering full of kids on Saturday mornings. There is actually a playgroup that meets every Saturday from 10AM-12PM at the East Portal Park playground.

The group is facilitated by David Phillips, who is a father of two in East Sacramento. All ages are welcome! For more information you can call David at 916.453.1296 or email him at

Do you already participate in this group? Do you know of another group that meets regularly? Let us know! Email us at or leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

Sac Screen on the Green

July 16, 2009

Movie nights are fun family activities but they are even better when the movie is shown on an outdoor screen and the show is free! East Sacramentans are treated to a family-friendly film each Saturday in August at one of four local parks. All movies begin at sundown and it is a BYO chair/blanket/snack format. Spread out your quilt, bring some pillows and a picnic, and enjoy the show!

Here is the schedule:
Saturday, August 1 – Babe the Gallant Pig
East Portal Park – 51st and M Streets, East Sacramento

Saturday, August 8 – Bee Movie
Grant Park – 21st and C Streets, Midtown Sacramento

Saturday, August 15 – Beauty and the Beast
Babcock Park – 2400 Cormorant Way, Swanston Estates

Saturday, August 22 – The Parent Trap (the 1961 version)
Glen Hall Park – Sandburg and Carlson Drives, River Park

Screen on the Green is sponsored by City Councilmember Steve Cohn, PhotoSource, SureWest, the Midtown Business Association, Mercy General Hospital and Inside Publications.

Click here or call 916.808.5240 for more information.