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Check out @theGrounds

By: Placer County District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt
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I can’t wait for you to come out and see the newly-remodeled @theGrounds, the venue formerly known as the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville.

The $10-million makeover has revived the 81-year-old site with a new digital marquee, landscaping, repaving of walkways and a parking lot and renovation of two buildings you must see to believe.

I am very impressed at the hard work and careful thought that was put into the update.

The fairgrounds is still a cherished community amenity but unfortunately hadn’t been updated in decades, and needed love to bring it into modern times. A collaborative relationship with Placer Valley Tourism allowed us to update the fairgrounds with less taxpayer investment.

Last year, I and my fellow Board of Supervisors members voted to approve an agreement with Placer Valley Tourism, a private nonprofit organization, to serve as the new operator of the fairgrounds. The board also approved $2 million for fairgrounds’ upgrades and improvements.

Placer Valley Tourism came through and completed $8 million in upgrades and improvements and has launched new efforts to host a wide variety of events for our community to enjoy.

This is why @the Grounds is so important: community.

Events at @the Grounds, including trade shows, fundraisers, meetings and seasonal fairs, bring our community together so we can socialize, learn and enjoy local food and entertainment.

While the heart of the action of @the Grounds is in surrounding Roseville, the community resource is also important for our local agriculture and horticulture industries throughout the region.

The annual Placer County Fair, which is June 21 to 24 this year, presents a wonderful opportunity for our local farmers and groups such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America to showcase their dedication to livestock and produce.

The fair also offers our community a window into Placer’s long heritage with the land. Creating awareness of our agriculture helps educate the public about our rich resources and sparks interest to visit our local farms and farmers’ markets, which supports our hardworking families and continues our proud legacy.

The improvements that have already been made are transformative and will help make sure @the Grounds will continue to serve our community for years to come. And there perhaps are even more improvements in store. Placer Valley Tourism has proposed a new event center that, if approved, would bring even more events to @the Grounds in the future. More visitors would benefit our local economy as they fill our surrounding restaurants and shops. But the new center could offer even more opportunities for community events in support of our agriculture community and that’s exciting, too.

For a look at @the Grounds’ makeover and list of upcoming events, visit www.atthegrounds.com.

 

Robert Weygandt is the Placer County supervisor for District 2, which covers Lincoln, Sheridan, and the western portions of Rocklin and Roseville. To contact Weygandt, call (530) 889-4010 or email tivaldi@placer.ca.gov.