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Fresno is a great place to live, work and play and there are 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 programs that offer 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. For more information, visit

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. Woodward Park has a multi-use amphitheater that seats up to 3,500 people, an authentic Japanese Garden, a fenced dog park, an exercise course, three shaded children’s playgrounds, a lake, three small ponds, 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!

Woodward also 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, and eucalyptus, maple and redwood trees. There are two children’s playgrounds, picnic tables and 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.

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