Mix up your dog walking routine with a special visit to a nearby park.

Dog parks in Placer County are very accommodating and provide safe, fun and healthy green spaces for you and your furry friend. Whether your pet needs to release some energy or just sniff around, here are some parks that are sure to please.

Bear Dog Park

Named after Roseville’s longest-serving police dog, Bear Dog Park will test the K-9 within your pet.

Each exercise area includes an elaborate agility course. The two off-leash areas are suitable for dogs of all sizes.

After your visit, have a seat on the benches or take a cool-down stroll with your pal along the trail.

Auburn Ravine Dog Park

Auburn Ravine has two play areas for small and big dogs.

There’s lots of freshening shade and a fun water hose setup for cooling off. Many first-time visitors are surprised by how large the park is, which is perfect for long runs and exciting chases.

Hughes Park Off-Leash Dog Park

Located off Blue Oaks Boulevard, this neighborhood park is medium sized but still has enough room for everyone.

You’ll find generous shaded areas for resting and designated areas for fenced-off fun.

RRUFF Dog Park

The Rocklin Residents Unite For Fido (RRUFF) is a nonprofit that supports companion dogs. Beyond a dog park, RRUFF is a place of training. Some of the training includes service, guide, companion and obedience classes.

Sectioned-off space for dogs and humans with special needs are also available for everyone’s enjoyment. RRUFF is located at Johnson-Springview Park.

 

You can relive your childhood memories and take in the great outdoors with a family fishing trip this summer.

If you’re eager to get out on the water and try your luck at reeling in a big catch or two, here are some fishing areas in Placer County.

Halsey Forebay

As a wildlife habitat, Halsey Forebay is nearly 600 acres of woodland, forest, grassland and aquatic habitats near Auburn.

Quaint and scenic, the park offers access to plenty of recreation, including fishing.

Auburn State Recreation Area Ranger Station

This state park runs along the north and middle forks of the American River.

The middle fork is rich with trout and bass. Don’t wait too long, though. As summer approaches, the north fork is more of a fishing challenge.

Lake Clementine

Smallmouth bass and trout are popular catches at Lake Clementine. Other fish include brown trout and catfish.

The 3.5-mile long reservoir is near the north fork of the American River.

French Meadows Reservoir

Operated by the Tahoe National Forest, French Meadows Reservoir is a fun summer destination for boating and fishing.

Every two years, some 15,000 fingerling hybrid Kamloops are brought in and quickly grow large for fishing season.

Keep in mind that vehicle access can be limited at this recreation park.

 

A Raising Cane’s restaurant will soon debut along Galleria Boulevard in Roseville.

The Louisiana-based restaurant focuses on comfort food that’s served in a hurry. The new restaurant is being built at the location of the former On the Border building. The chain is also setting up shop at two other reginal locations.

Chicken finger meals are Raising Cane’s specialty. The limited menu allows the restaurant to focus on what it does best: cooking up delicious combinations and core offerings, including crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw and Texas toast.

A popular box combo features four chicken fingers, fries, Cane’s sauce, Texas toast, coleslaw and a fountain drink. You can also have your chicken fingers loaded onto a bun.

If you love lemonade, don’t forget to order a jug of Raising Cane’s freshly squeezed lemonade or sweet tea. Large platters of chicken fingers are also available.

 

Summer is always the perfect time to reboot your reading habits. With some extra time on your hands and hot temperatures, it’ll be nice to stay in and dive into new reading.

As you and the kids build your summer reading lists, don’t forget to mix it up. Here are the area’s favorite comic book stores.

Ken’s Comics and Collectibles

For a large selection of comic genre and great service, Ken’s is the place to go.

Having a hard time finding a comic book? There’s a good chance that the Ken’s Comics and Collectibles staff will help you uncover that gem.

The family-based business specializes in indie and mainstream collections. So, there’s something for everyone. From collectable comics, sci-fi, horror and cartoon books and games, there’s a little bit of everything at Ken’s.

Cosmic Comix

Cosmic Comix never disappoints its customers. Its wide selection of comics and games are two big reasons why.

Customers walk in and feel immediately welcome. The amazing staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.

If you’re new to comics, this is a great place to start. With the great prices and impressive inventory, you’re sure to find your next page turner.

A-1 Comics

Come on in and enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can browse and read your favorite adventure and sci-fi stories.

A-1 Comics is also a collector destination, as the store buys, sells and trades inventory. So go ahead and find your next treasure comic book to add to your collection.

 

The Rocklin City Council is exploring whether to build a bike pump track. Pump tracks stand out from other riding parks because they have banked turns, hills, berms and other rolling features that allow riders to maximize their momentum to ride, twist and turn.

In some ways, a bike pumping track is like a rollercoaster. The ups and downs build riders’ handling skills and let them progress through the course with an assist from gravity. The track is designed with accessibility in mind too. You don’t have to be an expert. Riders of all levels can take something away from the track.

The concept tracks are gaining steam in other communities, where they are popping up near trails, skill parks and community parks. Nearby cities such as Elk Grove and Auburn have moved ahead with plans of their own.

Several sites in Rocklin are under consideration for the new recreation track including Margaret Azevedo, Johnson-Springview, Twins Oaks and Whitney parks.

Community members and the Rocklin Bike Coalition have expressed interest in bringing a high-thrill course to Rocklin. Supporters envision a free park for everyone to enjoy.

Rocklin’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission supports researching the feasibility of bringing a bike pump tracking park to Rocklin.

 

A new on-demand ride service will be available to people living and visiting in Placer County this summer. As things begin to open, Placer County wants to assist people during what is expected to be an active summer.

Residents and visitors can request rideshare services within designated zones, a service that’s been in the works for nearly a decade. Using the TART Connect app, people within the three zones for free rides can request a lift. One of the 11 TART vans in the fleet will arrive within 20 minutes of the request. The app will be available on June 1.

Regional leaders hope the rideshare system will ease the burden of traffic and parking and also provide a safe transportation alternative so people can easily get to their desired destinations.

Zone one is from the west shore to Dollar point, the second zone is along Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Brockway and Crystal Bay and the third zone is Crystal Bay to Incline Village.

Funded by the Placer County Transient Occupancy Tax, the project is available as a pilot program but it could be expanded into the winter season if it becomes a big success.

Free rides begin June 24 through September between 8 a.m. and midnight.

 

A new retailer that sells outdoor dining tables, lounge chairs and other outdoor furniture is making plans to move into Rocklin.

Terra Outdoor Living will open its largest showroom in Rocklin sometime this summer at a retail shopping plaza on Granite Drive.

The contemporary outdoor furniture is designed to change your relationship with outdoor living so it’s more inviting and comfortable.

The store sells sofas, sectionals, dining collections, umbrellas, deep-seating products, dining chairs, bars, side tables, fire tables and so much more.

As summer approaches, you might be thinking about fun ideas to spruce up your backyard space. Terra Outdoor Living offers a range of products and advice on how you can make the most out of your summer nights outdoors around a firepit. Or, maybe you want to enjoy more meals outdoors. You’re sure to find the perfect outdoor dining set that has room for all your family and friends.

The company’s passion for the outdoors and the environment means that its products are made in a way that help protect the planet.

 

Has your dog been a good boy or girl? Of course they have. So why not reward your four-legged pal with a fun trip to an area dog park?

Here are some of Roseville’s favorite parks where dogs can unleash and have a ball.

Saugstad Off Leash Dog Park

The name says it all. So go ahead and remove the leash and let your little pal burn off the energy at the expansive Saugstad Off Leash Dog Park in Roseville.

The park features a large fenced area where you pooch can roam and run with all their furry buds. It also has a picnic area, restrooms and playing fields for humans.

William Bill Hughes Park

Considered one of the more relaxed dog parks, William Bill Hughes Park has three main sections: big dogs, training and smaller dogs.

On some days, dogs will enjoy the muddier terrain, so plan accordingly.

Marco Dog Park

Located off Douglas, Marco Dog Park is named after a Roseville police dog.

Your pooch will love the open turf area, trees, water fountain and all the space to run and play. But, most dogs will come for the fire hydrants.

Hughes Park Off Leash Dog Park

Hughes Park offers extensive walking trails, picnic areas and a fenced off-leash dog park. Two separate areas allow the smaller guys to have a space of their own.

Both areas have plenty of grass and dirt where dogs can run, chase one another or chase their own tails.

Is your dog in the process of training? Then you’ll appreciate the area where you can work on some tricks.

Note that some Roseville dog parks will be closed on Thursday for a couple of hours for maintenance.

 

Placer County is one of four counties to see growth during the pandemic. In another positive sign for the region, Roseville is gaining residents while other parts of the state are seeing an exodus.

Roseville is now the ninth-fastest growing city, as it added about 30,000 new residents. It is California’s 39th largest city, surpassing Pasadena.

The city planned for steady development over the last decades — and it’s paid off. The city is amid a 15-year high in residential development. Since the beginning of the year, nearly 2,000 lots have been purchased. Overall, Roseville is seventh across the state in adding new housing units.

Residential development is not the only high note. City leaders say there’s a commercial boom too. Currently, there are several shopping centers that have recently opened or are under development. Along Blue Oaks, Woodcreek Oaks and Fiddyment, residents and visitors can see clear evidence of a fast-growing area.

Along with its recent community advancement, the city of Roseville is also earning positive marks for its affordability, parks and education. In fact, Money Magazine ranks Roseville among its top 50 cities to live and retire in.

While residents and visitors welcome the benefits that come with a growing city, they are also concerned about than less-than-ideal factors, like increased traffic. The city is prepared. Road improvements and widening are also part of the city’s plan moving forward.

 

A significant chunk of waste that Californians toss out each year is food or other organic materials.

In an effort to lighten the load of organic wastes, lawmakers will require communities across the state to separate food and organic materials, such as green waste, by 2022.

Roseville already has a green waste program in place.

The goal is to cut back on the amount of waste that’s taken to landfills to save space and reduce the impact of methane gas at larger-than-necessary landfills.

Already, businesses are practicing proper food disposal through Roseville’s organics collection program. It was established in 2016.

City leaders say the organics waste program and food recovery requirements are the most sweeping changes in more than 30 years. Roseville will make necessary adjustments to meet state mandates and also continue to provide excellent customer service.

Roseville is pilot testing some programs to better understand the practical impacts of introducing a new recycling bin and system.

Residents have time to provide their feedback and ideas on the new approach. The city hopes to make a final decision on the new plan by end of summer or early fall. Community members can provide comments by calling the city at 916-774-5780.

 

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