How are the sizes and locations of parks
determined? Long before ground is
broken and the first house is erected within a subdivision, a
specific plan is developed and adopted by the Yuba County Board
of Supervisors. Included in the specific plan are the size and
locations of future parks. This is determined based upon the
projected number of residents at the development’s build-out.
In 1975, California voters approved the Quimby Act which
provided county and city jurisdictions the authority to mandate
parkland dedication from developers. In Yuba County, this
equates to a mandatory 5 acres of park land for every 1,000
people at the projected build-out. The developer is given the
option to either grant the land to be used exclusively for a
park or pay an “in-lieu fee” based upon the assessment of
parcels in relation to the projected number of residents. The
funds collected as a result of these fees must be used for park
land acquisition or improvements.
The specific plans for developments can be found on the Yuba
County Planning Department’s website. The two major plans
currently in effect are the East Linda Specific Plan (ELSP) and
the Plumas Lake Specific Plan (PLSP); and more are on the way.
Who maintains the parks? Within Yuba County, there exist
several jurisdictions in which parks are maintained. In the
Olivehurst and Plumas Lake areas, Olivehurst Public Utility
District (OPUD) maintains the parks. The cities of Marysville
and Wheatland have control of the parks within their boundaries.
Yuba County provides the maintenance of several county parks,
which are listed on the Parks and Landscape website.
I want to have an event at a Yuba County park. May I reserve
it? No. All County parks are public property and are
available on a first come, first serve basis.
The only exception to this is Hammon Grove Park, where picnic
tables and a large barbeque are available to reserve and are
subject to a fee. Please see the
Hammon Grove Park page for more information.
May my little league / soccer team utilize a park for
practice? Yes, but as noted above, the parks are available
as first come, first serve only.
Who do I contact if I want to
organize a park cleanup event? Please contact Yuba County
Department and ask to speak with the Parks and Landscape Coordinator.