Roeding Park: Spend a Weekend for Family Fun

Roeding Park is a 159-acre regional park near Freeway 99 that offers a family-friendly experience with attractions to keep you entertained all weekend, or even longer.

The park features a lake and many ponds with lush, grassy shores, and its unique landscape makes it an informal arboretum. The park was designed by Johannes Reimers in 1903, especially for the City of Fresno.

Land donors for the park area were Frederick and Marianne Roeding, whose son, George C. Roeding, was an agriculturist who owned a local nursery. He directed Roeding Park’s development, planting several experimental trees and unique species.

In addition to its natural beauty, the park features several playgrounds, picnic shelters, barbeque pits and picnic tables for your family’s enjoyment, located throughout the park. Tables in the shelters can be reserved for family parties and other get-togethers. Other features include several championship tennis courts, two dance pavilions, and horseshoe pits.

Even more exciting, Roeding Park is the home of Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo, the perfect place for a fun family weekend, with dozens of modern animal exhibits and educational experiences.

Other fun attractions in Roeding Park are Playland and Storyland, both sponsored by local rotary clubs. Playland is an amusement park for kids with 12 rides, a splash park, and paddle boats. Playland is a walk-through park for younger children with a Mother Goose theme, showcasing characters and themes from fairytales. Admission for Storyland is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children, with free admission for kids under two. Playland has free admission, with tickets and wristbands for the rides available onsite.

Other areas of interest in the park include its Japanese War Memorial, a tribute to those of Japanese ancestry relocated during the war.

With so much to offer, Roeding Park is a great place for your family to spend the day, weekend, or even vacation days!

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