Tuesday, September 2, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Comings and Goings: Wake park makes you forget you’re in Woodland

WendyWeitzelW

By
From page A10 | July 20, 2014 |

Taking my teenage boys to Velocity Island Park on its opening day only for a photo opportunity was like showing my dog the tennis ball without throwing it. Instead of appreciation, there was frustration — and possibly some drooling.

Velocity Island Park, a wakeboarding park with cable pulleys, opened on Thursday. It’s at the former Dubach Park baseball facility at 755 N. East St., in Woodland, just off of Highway 113.

The cables gently pull up to six boarders around the lake at a time. Rentals of wakeboards, helmets and life vests are available, but those with their own equipment can bring wake skateboards, water skis, kneeboards and more.

The owners, April and Scott Hartmann, are 12-year Woodland residents. It’s taken four years to make the park a reality, April said.

“Just seeing people come out here and have a blast — it’s pretty cool,” she said, watching boarders ride a rail — one of several play features on the lake.

The Hartmanns, who have three boys, ages 13, 12 and 4, wanted to bring the sport to the area (the closest similar park is in Roseville) because “many kids around here have never been to a lake or ocean because they can’t afford it.” The couple also owns a decorative concrete business in Woodland called Concreators.

The idea is to create an island vibe and resort atmosphere. “We want you to forget you’re in Woodland,” she said.

There’s a sand beach, with lounge chairs and volleyball nets to come. An island will have cabanas for rent, and a full bar opening around October. A deli should be serving food next month, and eventually, there will be a full restaurant, April said.

Equipment should arrive soon to offer standup paddle boarding on the lake from 8 to 10 a.m. The rest of the park is open daily from 11 a.m. to sunset. It is expected to run year-round, weather permitting. Passes are for two hours, four hours, all day or all season. Lessons, summer camps and professional competitions will be part of the routine as well.

————

The Davis Flea will host its first Davis Night Market on Sunday, July 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by a dance party until 11 p.m.

“It will be a great open house style event for folks eager to meet our community and see exactly what we’re up to in our big ol’ warehouse on Olive Drive,” founder Lauren Cole Norton said.

Like the regular market — usually the last weekend of the month — the night event features vintage and repurposed housewares and clothing, succulent plants, handmade prints and other finds. There will be adoptable dogs from the animal shelter, a food truck and live music from Doofy Doo.

The rest of the time, the area serves as pop-up shops, galleries, workshops and a music venue called Third Space. One of the recent additions is Rowan & Sarah Vintage + More, a vintage clothing boutique, owned by Alicia Matzke of Sacramento.

————

The owners of the new Nami Sushi at 2939 Spafford St., Suite 105, hope to have it open by mid-August in the former Sushi Nobu spot.

According to one of the employees who was there on Thursday, it will specialize in all-you-can-eat sushi that is made to order, not a buffet. Items may be ordered separately as well.

————

After 22 years, Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant closed last Sunday. Old Soul Co. will remodel the property to accommodate a new café, patio and bar at 330 G St. That pub will go by a separate name, The Handle Bar. The owners hope to open it as early as November.

————

The Root of Happiness Kava Bar opened on July 11. I tried kava. It numbs your tongue a bit, and has an earthy, bitter flavor. It’s best when mixed with juice or syrups, like the “Kavajito.”

Kava, a traditional Polynesian, nonalcoholic root prepared as a tea, is hailed for its calming, anxiety- and pain-reducing effects. Although not required by law, employees check IDs and serve only to those 18 and over. It’s open from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily at 211 F St. in the E Street Plaza.

————

There’s nothing new to report on the Target center. In an email on Thursday, a representative with Buzz Oates Management Services said vacations among those involved have delayed an anticipated deal on a 3,500-square-foot spot. Earlier this month, it revealed lease agreements with Styles For Less and Verizon Wireless.

————

Speaking of vacations, I need one. Please keep watch on the business scene while my family hits its own waves for the next week. Hopefully, we make it past Woodland.

— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column publishes on Sundays. Throughout the week, watch her Comings & Goings Facebook page. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at wendyedit@gmail.com.

Comments

comments

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.
.

News

Planning begins for Davis Neighbors’ Night Out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Davis not immune: Are you ready for a big quake?

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Learn about RNA at Science Café

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Google Glass will be discussed, demonstrated

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Cuddle up at Project Linus’ meeting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Tickets still available for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

International folk dancing offered Sundays

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Public opinion sought about Nishi Gateway

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A3

Rose garden bricks to be dedicated Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

It’s About Time plays Davis Farmers Market’s Picnic in the Park

By Anthony Siino | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Register year-round at Davis Chinese School

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
.

Forum

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

 
Have the facts before you judge

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Tesla has state walking a tightrope

By Tom Elias | From Page: A4

 
Special-needs passengers ignored

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

A cure for Davis’ problems

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

 
A good use for the MRAP

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

Marriage vs. male instinct

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
.

Sports

Life without MacDonald starts Friday for DHS

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Clark recalls his hole-in-one — the first at Davis Golf Course

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Fruits of their Labor Day

By Sue Cockrell | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS boys looking to replicate a big cross country performance

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD roundup: Aggies edge Quinnipiac in overtime

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

Baseball roundup: Aces end River Cats’ season

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B3

 
Sports briefs: Hot Shots basketball tryouts coming up

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

Junior Blue Devils strong in home debut, winning 3 on the field

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Elaine Dracia Greenberg

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7