For Immediate Release: February 28, 2020

Sacramento Parks Foundation and SMUD celebrate state grant award to build playground

Design firm O’Dell Engineering will coordinate building of “EmPOWERment Park” on SMUD-donated land

Some substantial state grant funding, some surplus real estate and a lot of imagination and planning will soon deliver a brand new socially inclusive and sensory integrated playground to Arden Arcade, the first of its type in that area. Inclusive playgrounds are environments where everybody can play regardless of age or ability.

On February 25, the California Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the Sacramento Parks Foundation’s EmPOWERment Park, a $6.28 million project, was selected for funding.

O’Dell Engineering, headquartered in Modesto, developed the concepts and designs for EmPOWERment Park, which will be built at 1124 Bell Street near Irma Way on 1.43 acres—1.3 acres of which is surplus land donated by SMUD through the community-owned electric company’s Shine program, a community development program designed to improve and revitalize neighborhoods in the Sacramento region.

As a socially inclusive space, EmPOWERment Park will include power themed accessible play equipment, sensory integrated experiences, picnic and BBQ areas, shade structures, community garden beds, a public art display, a water play area, open space/turf, a court game area, a Bankshot court, off-street accessible parking stalls, restrooms, landscaping and safety lighting.

WHAT:           Socially Inclusive Playground Celebration (News media invited)
WHEN:          Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:         Future site of EmPOWERment Park 
1124 Bell Street, Arden Arcade, CA 95825


 ATTENDEES: Officials with the agencies and contractor, and community members


About Sacramento Parks Foundation
The Sacramento Parks Foundation was created in 1998. It is a consortium of four park districts: Arcade Creek, Arden Manor, Fulton-El Camino and Mission Oaks. The Sacramento Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit

About SMUD
As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit

About O’Dell Engineering O’Dell Engineering
is a Northern California design firm with diverse service lines including Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, and Utility Design. In the past quarter century they have had the opportunity to improve local communities by doing what they love: designing impeccable projects. They understand that these projects have the ability to improve the lives of their community members and they pride themselves on doing just that. Their team is driven by the opportunity to provide exemplary customer service and design projects that add value, incorporate life cycle concepts, and create positive experiences for the communities they work, live, and play in.


Community advocates working with Sacramento Parks Foundation to design a socially inclusive playground

Community advocates worked with Sacramento Parks Foundation and O’Dell Engineering to design a socially inclusive playground on more than an acre of land donated by SMUD.