Find a unique mix of serenity and sport at Woodward Park, where you’ll find something for everyone.
For nature lovers, connect with the outdoors at any of the park’s lakes, forested areas or ponds on its 300 acres, an oasis on the San Joaquin River. Enjoy the Shinzen Japanese Garden, a tranquil place of reflection among its authentic Japanese plant life and beautiful cedar teahouse. On its Double Moon Bridge, made of stone, enjoy tranquil moments watching the colorful koi fish swim in the pond below.
For families, you’ll enjoy a relaxing backdrop for the family picnic or barbeque – or enjoy the many concerts and events in the park’s Rotary Amphitheater, with ample seating and entertaining performances.
For bird enthusiasts, Woodward Park is a wonderful place for bird watching, with a wide variety of feathered species also enjoying the park’s beauty. Among these are the bald eagle, which occasionally makes a majestic appearance, and colorful species of wood ducks.
If you like sports, you’ll love Woodward Park’s BMX courses, including the challenging Woodward Park BMX Course and the Woodward Mountain Bike Skills Progression Park, which offers fun for mountain bikers of all skill levels. Other sporting options include the Woodward Legacy Disc Golf Course, an 18-hole wooded golf course, the park’s cross-country courses, or some of the park’s many scenic walking trails.
Many portions of the park were once the estate of Ralph Woodward, son of Fresno’s early civic leader and banker Oscar James Woodward. It’s now an urban playground and oasis for the community of Fresno and its many visitors.
Woodward Park is open daily, with shorter evening hours during the winter. It features seven reservable structures and areas for group events, including six that accommodate about 200 people and a gazebo shelter that accommodates about 60 people, as well as two activity areas. Park entry fees are $5 per vehicle most days, with discounts for seniors, and $50 annual passes are available.
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