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Recreation in Sierra Madre


Sierra Madre has an abundance of things to do and see. A wealth of recreational opportunities are provided through the City’s Community & Personnel Services Department – which offers a myriad of programs and hosts many special events year-round, including a fishing derby for children, a challenging trail race, concerts and movies in the park, senior lunch programs and day trips.

The weather in Sierra Madre is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities. The area’s sunny and comfortable temperatures mean almost any day can be a fun day in one of the many parks.


Bailey Canyon Park (located at Grove Street and Carter Avenue) has picnic tables, barbecues and hiking trails that lead to nearby canyons. Memorial Park (on the corner of Sierra Madre and Hermosa Boulevards) is complete with a children’s play park, picnic tables, tennis courts, a band shell, a covered picnic area and the Senior Citizens Center in Hart Park House. Memorial Park is also home to many of the community-wide special events, including the Sounds of the Seasons Summer Concerts, the Friends of the Library Art Fair, and the Fourth of July celebration. Mount Wilson Trail Park, known affectionately as “Turtle Park,” is located at the end of Mountain Trail and Mira Monte Avenues, and it has a mini-park with toddlers’ play equipment, picnic tables and home of the Historical Society’s two historical museums.

Sierra Vista Park (on East Sierra Madre Boulevard) is home to the Sierra Madre Rose Float building, picnic tables and grills, softball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts. The Community & Personnel Services Department oversees the Aquatic Center in this park, where offerings include adult lap swim, recreational swim, American Red Cross swim lessons and other summer swim programs. The Youth Activity Center, newly built on the second floor of the Community Recreation Center also located in Sierra Vista Park, offers teens a place to hang out and get help with their homework, visit with friends, a chance to play sports, job training, and many other special events.


The Bailey Canyon Wilderness area is a tract with approximately 1,100 truly spectacular acres, including the Live Oak Natural Trail and a connection to the Mt. Wilson Trail in Mount Wilson Trail Park, which hosts the state’s second-oldest trail race. Sponsored by the Community & Personnel Services Department and overseen by the volunteer Mt. Wilson Trail Race Committee, this annual 8.6-mile run hosts hundreds of racers from around the world who welcome the challenge that the mountain poses. The Bailey Canyon Wilderness area is also an excellent and unique nature study park, and is a registered bird sanctuary.

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