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 Fire District News


Click here for the latest monthly newsletter from the American Canyon Fire District.


 Mommy, I'm bored!


Looking for things the kids can do this summer?  The American Canyon Library has lots of options! Puppet and music shows, summer reading programs, preschool story time and more!  See more in the attached flyer.  


Summer Solstice Walk
Friday, June 20, 8 PM

Wetlands Edge


In celebration of the first day of summer, join us on a sunset walk around the wetlands.

Learn why we have the summer and winter solstices, what the fall and spring equinox are, and how the solar and lunar eclipses occur. 


Meet at the corner of Wetlands Edge Road and Eucalyptus Drive at 8. 


June 13, 2014


In this update, you have the opportunity to take a look at the upcoming City Council agenda to see what matters the Council will be considering on Tuesday.  I do want to highlight one item on the agenda:  a proposed ordinance to prohibit smoking in our city parks.  We have heard from many of you that parks are places for children to play and others to exercise or relax.  Parents don't want to expose their children to the hazards of second hand smoke and many adults don't like it either.  Agree?  Don't agree?  Either way, we encourage you to attend the City Council meeting Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM, to voice your thoughts.  I'll be there...hope you will too.



On the Agenda....  


The next regular City Council meeting is Tuesday, June 17th at 6:30 PM.  The full agenda can be seen here. In addition to the Smoking Ban discussed above, the City Council will be considering a Rooster Keeping Ordinance that will limit the number of roosters allowed in the City based upon lot size.  These rules are primarily written to prohibit cockfighting; legitimate local farm-to-food service organizations such as Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Club are exempt.  See the Rooster staff report.  The City Council will also be holding a public hearing and considering the adoption of the 2014-15 Operating Budget for both the City and the Fire District.  More information can be seen as follows: City Budget staff report and Fire District Budget staff report.



American Canyon 4th of July Celebration  

All Day Fun for the Whole Family! 
The Fourth of July Celebration offers just that!  Start off your Fourth of July with a Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Boy Scouts at the Boys and Girls Club from 7-11 AM; participate or cheer for runners in the Stars and Stripes Sprint starting at 8:30 AM along the parade route; bring a chair or find a seat along the route of the
Fourth of July Parade which begins at 10:30 AM; enjoy the Fourth of July Festival, sponsored by Napa Valley Vintners from 12-noon to 10 PM which is offering Live Local Entertainment, a "Free Family Area" for children under 10, and a "Kidz Fun Zone" (fee for some activities); grab something to eat for lunch and dinner at the "Food Court";  and cap off the evening with the best
Fireworks Show around, sponsored by Walmart, at approximately 9:30 PM in Community Park II.
For more information, click HERE.



Celebrate Relay For Life With Us


Relay For Life is a national event that brings more than 3.5 million people together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer and to raise money to find a cure. June 16 - 20 is Paint the Town Purple Week in American Canyon. The local RFL committee is conducting a decorating contest for homes and businesses and there will be an award! We'll be decorating here at City Hall and it would be great to see support throughout the community. Check out the event flyer and registration forms. Relay For Life is extremely successful in American Canyon. Last year the team raised more than $75,000 and had 425 participants, 78 of whom were cancer survivors. Very impressive - go Team AmCan!


Watson Ranch Update


On June 4, 2014, the Parks & Community Services Commission and the Open Space Advisory Committee conducted a 3 hour workshop to discuss proposed Open Space, Parks, Pedestrian and Bicycle Circulation concepts for the Watson Ranch Specific Plan.  Favorable elements in the proposed plan include a network of walking and bicycle trails within Watson Ranch.    With an estimate of 5,200 new residents, Watson Ranch will increase demand for facilities that serve the needs of families and teens, such as sports fields, swimming pool facilities, and a community center.  The Commission and Committee felt that the plan should provide these facilities in Watson Ranch or contribute funds to expand facilities in other locations.  A thoughtful discussion centered on a proposed Plaza Park at the Ruins, and a Quarry Lake Park.  These facilities offer an opportunity for gathering and views of the pond.  However, State law limits the amount of parks that the City can require, and the City is short of its goal for traditional parkland such as Shenandoah Park.  The Commission and Committee felt that more information was needed before making any decisions.   The applicant stated that they intend to revise the Specific Plan to provide more details.  To stay in touch on regular updates on the Watson Ranch project, click HERE.




Cash for Grass Pays Off for Businesses Too!  


The Cash for Grass turf replacement program is going strong.  Recently our very first non-residential customer, Sonoma Wine Company, in the industrial park replaced 5,200 sq. ft. of turf with bark, low-water use plants and gravel.  Not only will they be getting a $2,500 rebate check from the City, their water bills should show significant savings as well.  You can get in on the action!  Read about the program here and contact our water conservation specialist, Lou Leet at 647-4521 or



Committee Vacancies - We Want You!


The City of American Canyon is accepting applications from residents of American Canyon to fill one unscheduled vacancy on the Open Space Advisory Committee. The Open Space Advisory Committee oversees open space efforts in and around American Canyon.


The City Clerk is also accepting applications for the City's representative on the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District's Park and Open Space District Advisory Committee.


An application is required and are due by 4 PM on July 7th. Click here for more information. 

Parks & Recreation News
contact us at (707) 648-7275
100 Benton Way 



Summer Swim Lessons! 


Prepare your child for summer and get those summer swim lessons.  Summer II registration for residents begins Monday, June 23rd at 8:30 am.  Summer II is for classes that run from July 7 through August 28. Register online or come visit our Parks and Recreation office. 

Upcoming activities:   




Register by

Activity Date/Time


Despicable Me 2
(rated PG)


Friday, June 13

University (rated G)



Friday, June 20



Summer Day Camp:






Entering Kindergarten, 




Friday before the session begins


Week 1 

starts June 16


Varies, see links*

*Whole Summer Discount: Buy 6 weeks, get 1 free!

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