Goethe Park Signs Replaced
The last remaining signs of Charles M. Goethe are being replaced in Rancho Cordova this week. While the name change was voted on and approved earlier this year, proper signage has not been completed. Charles M. Goethe donated land for the park and left his $24 million estate to CSU Sacramento, which he founded in 1947. Community members began pushing for a name change, as they believed the nod to the late eugenicist and Nazi follower did not represent the general feeling of the community. The name change was approved in late 2007. River Bend Park, as the former Goethe Park shall now be called, courses over 444 acres of land along the American River near Bradshaw and Folsom Blvd. The signs along Folsom Blvd. directing traffic to the park will be changed by the City of Rancho Cordova and the sign at the park entrance will be changed by Sacramento County. CalTrans will complete the sign swap along Highway 50 in the next few months.
River Bend won the online park renaming contest in April of this year. Other contenders included Leidesdorff Park- after a prominent Californian pioneer, Willow Bar Park- after the gravel bar in the park that grows willow trees, and Live Oak Park- because of the abundance of live oaks. River Bend received 42% of the 870 votes.
River Bend Park is one of the oldest and busiest in Sacramento County. The park hosts a variety of activities including Boy and Girl Scout camps and numerous private events, including baptisms. The park also encourages picnicking, kayaking, rafting, and animal watching. There are numerous family friendly hiking trails, biking trails and even horse trails. The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset. Entrance fees vary by vehicle.
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