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Community Camp Out to Fill Rusch Park with ‘Tent City’

Residents' are invited to bring their tents and camp out, without having to leave the city.
Residents’ are invited to bring their tents and camp out, without having to leave the city.

Called Citrus Heights’ “legitimate tent city,” the annual Community Camp Out plans to take over Rusch Park with an activity-filled overnight event that promises to be fun for the whole family.

“This is an opportunity for mom and/or dad, grandpa and/or grandma to take the kids camping and never leave the city,” said Tonya Wagner, president of the Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights.

Beginning in 2001, the event has continued to bring the community together outdoors, with organizers’ saying last year’s event drew over 200 people to Rusch Park.

Campers can expect swimming, crafts, games, face-painting, balloons and entertainment — along with a dinner barbecue served by city council members.  The evening will also feature a bonfire with s’mores, and star-gazing opportunities by the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society members.

Following the overnight tent-stay, a “Campinental Breakfast” will be provided in the morning, with pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit and beverages — for a fee of $6 for adults and $4 for kids.

The event is scheduled for July 12 and 13, with check-in beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. and continuing overnight until  check-out time at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Wagner recommends registering early online or by calling (916) 725-1585, as spaces are limited.

The camp out is sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, in collaboration with REACH and the City of Citrus Heights.

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