Wednesday Jun 30 2010
Rocklin – a ‘Great Good Place’ to live and work
By: Robin Trimble, CEO, Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce
The long, lazy days of summer have arrived. It’s time to pick up a good book, take a well deserved vacation and reconnect with family and friends. I am a big book lover and recently picked up a great one that a Rocklin resident suggested I read. The book, “The Great Good Place” by Ray Oldenburg, explores, analyzes and advocates for social hang outs in the heart of the community. Places like cafes, coffee shops, parks and outdoor markets are described as “third places” — places that are neutral ground outside of home and work where social conversation is the main activity. We are very fortunate to live and work in a city where families and community can come together for the greater good at many of these “third places.” Rocklin boasts a number of excellent social hang outs that give people who live in the community an outstanding and connected quality of life, which in turn promotes a healthy, safe community and makes us one of the top 10 places to live and raise a family. Two great examples of “third places” in Rocklin are the annual Evening in the Park concert series and the newly formed Foothill Farmers Market. Evening in the Park is offered free to the public during the summer months at Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin and features a variety of popular bands and entertainers. The event is a great social outing for people of all ages. (The next Evening in the Park will be held from 7-9 p.m. July 9 and will be themed Kid’s Night. The band Essex will perform.) The Foothill Farmers Market operates every Saturday (through Oct. 30) from 8 a.m. to noon in the RC Willey parking lot with vendors selling certified, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, honey, eggs and nursery stock. The market is a hub of family-friendly activity. Rocklin’s various social hang outs help promote our community’s social vitality which is one of the many reasons we are so fortunate to have our very own “Great Good Place” to call home. Robin Trimble is CEO of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at Robin@RocklinChamber.com.