Established in 2012, the EDH Promise Foundation provides leadership, awareness, support and resources to the community. With a mission of maximizing recreational and health opportunities in El Dorado Hills, the foundation strives for all residents to have the ability to live and play in this great community. Funding is largely provided through local donations and fundraising events.
Six board members, all community volunteers and philanthropists, and other volunteers support the foundation’s activities and fundraising efforts. The board works closely with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District to help execute the organization’s many health and wellness programs. “We are proof that a group of volunteers can accomplish great things when focused on the needs and voices of our neighbors, businesses and stakeholders,” says Allan Priest, foundation president.
The foundation is currently focused on Bass Lake Regional Park, a new 200-acre park now in design with planned and phased construction over the next 5-10 years. Surrounding a historic lake created during the gold rush, the park will offer recreation areas including ball fields, a bocce court, dog park and all-ability playgrounds. Additionally, there will be a passive recreation area including trails, fishing, boating, a nature center, preserved habitats and outdoor educational elements.
“Partnered with the EDHCSD, we are engaging the community
and local stakeholders to identify the needs, aspirations
and amenities to include,” says Priest. “Once designed, we
will pursue all potential funding sources including
but not limited to government grants,
contributions from businesses, and private donations to
help address capital costs and sustainable funding for
school outdoor educational programs, new
facilities, equipment and more.”
Bass Lake Regional Park is a once-in-a- generation opportunity to create a true gem for El Dorado Hills and the entire region. “We’ll continue to engage the public, help design the appropriate elements to meet current and future needs and raise funds required to sustain this incredible resource for decades to come,” Priest says.