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Park place: Davis has many places to get out and play

By From page OC9 | September 24, 2013

With more than 400 acres of parks and greenbelts throughout the community, Davis has plenty of places to get your game on.

Thirty-two neighborhood and community parks, 12 large, reservable picnic areas and many smaller ones, 33 tennis courts, and other amenities such as horseshoe pits, disc golf, basketball courts and four pool complexes provide opportunities for recreational and lap swimming, and swim classes.

Here’s a partial listing of places to play with friends and family.

Public parks

The city of Davis Parks and Community Services Department maintains total of 48 acres or parks, which include play areas, sport facilities, picnic areas and open areas. Bike paths connect parks and greenbelts to each other, great for jogging, biking or walking.

For a complete listing of facilities, parks and services, visit Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd., call 530-757-5626, or check the city’s website at http://archive.cityofdavis.org/pgs/.

Community sport facilities include:

* A skatepark in Community Park;

* Frisbee golf course in Oxford Circle Park;

* Tennis courts in Chestnut Park, Community Park, Covell Park, Pioneer Park, Redwood Park, Slide Hill Park, Sycamore Park, Walnut Park and West Manor Park;

* Softball diamonds in Civic Center complex, Community Park, Playfields Park, Slide Hill Park, West Manor Park and Westwood Park;

* 530- Soccer fields in Community Park, Northstar Park, Playfields Park and West Manor Park;

* Swimming pools in Civic Center complex, Community Park, Arroyo Park and Manor Pool in Slide Hill park.

* Horseshoe pits in Cedar Park, Central Park and Oxford Circle Park;

* Batting cages in Playfields Park; and

* Inline hockey in West Manor Park.

A few notable parks include:

Rainbow City: This creative playground in Community Park is near the Davis Art Center at Covell Boulevard and F Street. The park includes a huge play structure including a pirate ship, giant sand box, swings, slides, and other fun climbing structures.

Central Park: A treasured park in Davis is Central Park, home of the Davis Farmers Market and the Hattie Weber Museum. Bounded by B, C, Third and Fifth streets, you also find the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, two playgrounds, the pedal-powered Flying Carousel of the Delta Breeze, several gardens, a horseshoe pit and plenty of shady grass to relax on.

Mace Ranch Community Park: This 23-acre area has baseball fields, a soccer field and a burrowing owl habitat. It won a statewide award for excellence in park planning and design.

Toad Hollow Dog Park: Dogs are thrilled to have their own place to play in Davis, at 1919 Second St. (between L Street and the Pole Line Road overcrossing).


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again … Davis is all about bikes. Davis has earned its title as “America’s Best Bicycling City” because of its high volume of bicycle use, its renowned system of bikeways and cyclist friendly facilities, and supportive city and university programs.

There are more than 50 miles of bike lanes and bike paths within city limits. Bike paths along greenbelts, in city parks, on campus and along the UC Davis Arboretum make bicycling a pleasant leisurely activity with beautiful scenery.

For plenty of bike-related information, resources and laws, plus a detailed bike map, visit UC Davis Transportation and Parking Services (530-752-BIKE); city of Davis Department of Public Works, 23 Russell Blvd.; or the Yolo County Visitors Bureau, 604 Second St.


Wildhorse Golf Club is a great challenge for golfers of all caliber. Rolling hills and numerous hazards make for an exciting round of golf in which you will have many creative approach shots to some of the nicest greens in the area. 2323 Rockwell Drive, 530-753-4900, or on the web at http://www.wildhorsegolfclub.com.

Davis Municipal Golf Course is a full-service golf facility. Besides the 18-hole course, it has a driving range and two putting greens. It offers lessons for beginners as well as the advanced golfers. It is a relatively short course with 4,900-plus yards for men and 4,400-plus yards for women. County Road 29 and Highway 113, 530-756-4010, or on the web at http://www.davisgolfcourse.com.

Indoor sports

Rocknasium is an indoor rock climbing facility with more than 23 walls with endless climbing possibilities for beginners and experts alike. A friendly and knowledgeable staff lead programs like climbing classes, kids programs and parties. 720 Olive Drive, 530-757-2902, http://www.rocknasium.com.

Memorial Union Games Area provides the joy of billiards, the crash of flying bowling pins or the electronic pyrotechnics of video games. Below the Memorial Union at UCD;  for more information, call 530-752-2580 or visit http://campusunions.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=254.

Outdoor opportunities

SkyDance Skydiving has the facilities and staff to support all levels of skydiving. The facility is a member of the United States Parachute Association and all instructors are members, rated and certified by USPA. Yolo County Airport, County Roads 95 and 29, Woodland; 530-753-2651, 800-759-3483, or on the web at http://www.skydance.net.

UC Davis Outdoors Adventures helps the Davis community enjoy the outdoors. With a friendly and helpful student staff, a resource center of books and maps, and a rental center stocked with top quality equipment at reasonable prices, OA can help make your next outdoor experience a memorable one.
UC Davis, 530-752-1995; http://campusrecreation.ucdavis.edu/.

UC Davis Recreation Pool’s unique configuration offers a wide variety of fun water activities. With lap lanes, a sun warming island, a large shallow area with graduated water depth and the wading pool, there is something for everyone. During the summer the Rec Pool offers adult swim lessons, aqua aerobics, junior lifeguarding and youth swim lessons. For more information, call 530-752-2695, or on the web at http://campusrecreation.ucdavis.edu/.

— Information for this listing was provided by the Yolo County Visitors’ Bureau, the city of Davis, and UC Davis.

Enterprise staff

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