Fresno is a great place to live, work and play and the community offers numerous options to allow residents to do just that. The city of Fresno PARCS Department has a variety of outdoor venues for families, action sports enthusiasts, dog lovers and more. In addition to nearly 80 beautiful parks, including three dynamic regional parks, the city of Fresno has one of the most diverse action sports communities in California.
PARCS provides a vast array of community programming that offers enriching components to serve youth, adults and seniors including: leadership skills, character development, team building, technology training, science exploration, physical fitness, sports activities, life skills, environmental awareness, career exploration and more. Visit them online at www.fresno.gov
WOODWARD & ROEDING PARK
These regional facilities are open April through October, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and November through March, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily Park entry is $5 per vehicle or $3 per vehicle in which a senior citizen (age 65 or older) is a passenger or a driver. Park entrance fee shall be waived for motor vehicles displaying a valid disabled person placard. For Picnic Shelter Reservations call the Parks Division at (559) 621-2900 or visit www.parcsonline.fresno.gov.
The Southeast corner of Woodward Park harbors numerous bird species, offering bird enthusiasts an excellent opportunity for viewing. The park has a multi-use amphitheatre that seats up to 3,500 people, an authentic Japanese Garden, a fenced dog park, an exercise par course, three shaded children's playgrounds, a lake, three small ponds, seven picnic areas with barbecues and five miles of multipurpose trails that are part of the San Joaquin River Parkway’s Lewis S. Eaton Trail. The disk golf course in Woodward Park has 18 holes and is a challenging and technical leisure option. The park also has many uncovered picnic tables that are available on a first come, first-served basis!
Additionally, Woodward boasts a one-of-a-kind Bike Complex. Featuring areas that serve beginners, intermediate and advanced riders with various bike styles, the complex has a one-acre free ride bike area, a downhill BMX race track and a one-mile loop skills progression mountain bike trail that boasts 40 progressive table top jumps in a row. Specific amenities include: high-speed downhill areas and technical obstacles that can help riders progress their skills.
Roeding Park is a 159-acre regional park, located on Belmont Avenue next to Freeway 99 that attracts 600,000 visitors annually. Its grassy acres include a lake, several ponds, and groves of ash, cedar, pine, eucalyptus, maple and redwood trees. There are two children's playgrounds, 96 picnic tables and nine picnic shelters scattered throughout the park. In addition, the park features tennis courts, group activity space, a dog park, the Japanese War Memorial and beautiful pergola. Roeding is also home to Rotary Storyland & Playland as well as the Chaffee Zoo.
SKATE & BIKE DESTINATIONS
Lions Den Skate Park at Marks & Emerson (just south of Shaw) is a 26,000-square-foot park offering skateboarding for all ages and levels of experience including trick equipment such as bowls, ramps and grinding poles.
There is also a modular skate park at Romain Neighborhood Center, on First between Belmont and Olive features above ground ramps for bikers and skaters. Another modular skate park is at Melody Neighborhood Center on Shields just west of Fowler Avenue features a five-foot half pipe with hip jump, box ramp, grind rails and benches and a five-foot wedge. Plaza Style Skate Park at Cary Park just south of Fashion Fair Mall on Shaw Avenue features rails and ledges to create the original storefront skating experience.
The jewel in Southeast Fresno is a 30,000-square-foot bike complex at the Mosqueda Community Center. It boasts its designation as the largest concrete bike-only park in the nation and draws visitors from around the state and country.
OTHER RECREATIONAL OPTIONS
Dogs need exercise too! There is a dog park in Victoria West Neighborhood Park at Clinton and Brawley. Plus Woodward and Roeding Regional Parks offer dog parks with small and big dog areas. Dogs are also welcome at the ponding basin at Shaw and El Capitan.
Test your aim and agility at Extreme Paintball Zone at the Regional Sports Complex in southwest Fresno on Jensen and West. The Regional Sports Complex is home to a 13-foot-tall, 42-foot-wide half pipe ‘vert’ ramp with an 18-foot roll-in for skate and bike enthusiasts to enjoy.
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