FAIRFIELD: When times get tough, the tough get going . . . to the park if they need to get away, even if it’s for just an hour or so.
From large spacious parks such as Allan Witt in Fairfield and Blue Rock Springs in Vallejo, to small neighborhood parks such as Solano Park in Benicia and Southwood Park in Vacaville – Solano County has every imaginable park.
There are more than 125 parks in the county and it’s safe to say there is a park for everyone. Here’s a look at what’s out there:
Allan Witt: 46.6 acres at 1741 W. Texas St. Includes seven ball fields, three of which are lighted, as well as two basketball courts, a skatepark, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, a running trail, restrooms, picnic areas, barbecues, playgrounds, eight lighted tennis courts, the Aquatics Complex at Allan Witt Park and the Fairfield Sports Center. Home of Fairfield Pacific Little League.
Civic Center: 8 acres located behind Fairfield City Hall and the Fairfield Community Center. Includes two large duck and fish ponds, both of which are popular with youngsters. A valid California fishing license is required for those 16 and older catching fish.
Cordelia: 48 acres at 1300 Gold Hill Road. The park includes toddler and youth playgrounds, a multi-use grassy area, picnic and barbecue areas, restrooms, a skate node, dog park, horseshoe pits, bocce, tennis and volleyball courts, and the Tri-Valley Little League fields.
Dover: An 8.5-acre neighborhood park at 800 E. Travis Blvd., it includes two large ponds that are home to ducks and fish, along with a picnic area, gazebo, toddler and youth playgrounds, a large grassy area and walking paths. A valid California fishing license is required for those 16 and older catching fish.
Gary Falati: The 6.8-acre neighborhood park at 5100 Falati Lane includes toddler and youth playgrounds, an open grassy area, picnic and barbecue areas, basketball half court, walking paths and a skate node. It also features a splash play area that’s open from April to October.
Hayes and Utah streets Tot Lot: A toddler playground, grassy area and picnic table at 1101 Hayes St.
Hillview: 5.4 acres at 300 Atlantic Ave. The neighborhood park features a playground, grassy area, walking/running trails, fitness stations, picnic areas and barbecues.
Kentucky Street Tot Lot: A playground and picnic table located at 1740 Kentucky St.
Laurel Creek: 37 acres among subdivisions along Cement Hill Road. Offers a playground, along with four ball fields, two of which are lighted, restrooms, a multi-use field, open grassy areas, walking paths, barbecue and picnic areas, wildlife habitat and creeks. Home of Fairfield Atlantic Little League and the Fairfield Expos.
Lee Bell: 6.7 acres at 1401 Washington St. the neighborhood park Includes a softball field, volleyball court, toddler and youth playgrounds, large grassy area, restrooms, horseshoe pits, barbecues and picnic areas.
Linear: A narrow, 5.4-mile park that runs along an abandoned railroad right-of-way, stretching from Dover Avenue to Solano Community College. Has a trail for bicycling and in-line skating, along with a rose garden and small playgrounds and picnic tables where the park intersects with Second and Fifth streets.
Mankas: 5.7 acres at 2800 Owens St., near K.I. Jones School. The neighborhood park features a large slide made of concrete, along with a playground, picnic area, walking paths and a splash play area that’s open from April to October.
Meadow: 4 acres at 1520 Meadowlark Drive. The neighborhood park has a large grassy area, a picnic area and playground.
Meadow Glen: A 2-acre neighborhood park at 2800 Parkview Terrace off Hill Glen Drive. Offers a playground, picnic tables, barbecues and a large open grassy area.
Ridgeview: 8.4 acres at 4910 Silver Creek Road near Oakbrook Elementary School. The neighborhood park includes toddler and youth playgrounds, picnic area, barbecues, a ball field, two half-court basketball courts and a view of the hills between Fairfield and Vacaville. It also connects with the American Canyon Creek Trail.
Rockville Hills: 633 acres of open space on a plateau along Rockville Road. The regional park features trails for hiking and mountain biking, and is a popular spot for local running enthusiasts.
Rolling Hills: 6 acres at 3520 Glenwood Drive. The neighborhood park features toddler and youth playgrounds, picnic area and basketball court.
Rolling Hills Open Space: 311 acres located just off Fieldcrest Avenue, near Crownridge Court. A nifty place for hiking and viewing wildlife. Hiker entrance points include: Rollingwood Drive near the Copperridge Unit; Hillborn Road across from the Realtors building; Off Fieldcrest below the water tank and at the managed wetland on corner; and Hillridge Drive at Union Creek across from the Dunnell property.
Serpas Ranch Open Space: The 457-acre open space is located on Sanctuary Drive north of Hilborn Drive and Sanctuary Circle. It is accessible from numerous hiking gates in the area.
Spyglass Open Space: The city’s smallest open space at 25 acres is accessible off Rustle Court or Waterman Boulevard.
Sunrise: 6.9 acres at 2920 Camrose Ave. The neighborhood park has toddler and youth playgrounds, picnic areas, fitness stations, walking paths and large open grassy area.
Tabor: A 6-acre neighborhood park at 1084 E. Tabor Ave., it has a playground, picnic tables and large open grassy area.
Tolenas: 8.2 acres at 1700 Catlin Drive. The neighborhood park includes a playground, picnic area, walking paths, barbecues and large open grassy area.
Veteran Memorial: 5 acres at 2050 Fairfield Ave. Includes playground, walking paths, picnic tables, fitness stations and grassy hills.
Vintage Green Valley: A 6-acre neighborhood park at 600 Vintage Valley Drive. It includes a playground with slides, a climbing apparatus modeled after a medieval castle, another climbing apparatus modeled after a dinosaur skeleton, a basketball court, wind sculpture and a nature trail.
Woodcreek: 5.3 acres at 1470 Astoria Drive. The neighborhood park has a playground, grassy area, picnic area, barbecues, fitness stations and basketball court.
Goepp: 5 acres at Pintail and Harrier drives, near Dan O. Root Elementary School. Features a basketball court, playground, walking trail and picnic area.
Hall: 10 acres at E. Wigeon Way and Pintail Drive, near Suisun Elementary School, the Suisun City Library and the Kroc Center. Includes playground and large open grassy area.
Harbor Plaza: 1 acre at Main and Solano streets. Features a raised outdoor stage, grass areas, gazebo and is adjacent to the waterfront promenade.
Heritage: 10 acres on Village Drive between Merganser and Pintail drives. Has a lighted ball field, playground, basketball court, playground, picnic area and walking trail.
Independence Park: 5 acres located on Charleston Street between Tucson Cirble and Duluth Lane. Has a playground, large grassy area and walking trail.
Irving S. Lambrecht Sports Complex: 80 acres on Scandia Road. Has four Little League fields, four softball diamonds, restrooms and playground.
Lawler Falls: 3 acres at Mayfield Circle and Hammond Lane. Includes a three-level pond with waterfall, walking trail, picnic tables and grassy area.
Lawler Ranch: 10 acres along Lawler Ranch Parkway at Johnston Way adjacent to Suisun Marsh. Features playgrounds, picnic tables, a small grassy area and a walking trail.
Mike Day: 3 acres along Civic Center Boulevard near City Hall. Playground and grassy area near Suisun Slough, connects with waterfront trail.
McCoy Creek: 1 acre on Anderson Drive. Has playground, sand volleyball court, and barbecue and picnic areas.
Montebello Vista: 5 acres along Montebello Drive. Includes youth ball field, playground, picnic tables, walking trail and large grassy area.
Patriot: Located in the Petersen Ranch development, the 4-acre park includes two play structures, two half-court basketball courts, a backstop, picnic and seating areas, and a large open field adjacent to a walking trail.
Peterson Ranch Linear: 6 acres on the Eastern boundary of Peterson Ranch from Duluth Lane to Andrews Circle. Includes walking trail, small grassy area and benches.
Sheldon Plaza: 1-acre park on Driftwood Drive between Main Street and Civic Center Boulevard has a small grassy area and is adjacent to the Waterfront Promenade.
Al Patch: Located at California Drive and Peabody Road, Al Patch Park features three lighted softball fields, a lighted football field, a track and concessions. It also includes restrooms and water stations.
Alamo Creek: 9.5 acres at Alamo Drive and Buck Avenue. Has a picnic area, toddler and youth playgrounds, a horseshoe pit, four backstops, basketball half court, two tennis courts, multi-use field and fitness stations.
Alamo School: 2.5 acres at Orchard Avenue and Edgewood Drive. Offers large playground, three backstops and multi-purpose field area.
Andrews: This 17.9-acre site along East Monte Vista Avenue and School Street is home of the Downtown Creekwalk. It includes playgrounds, a jogging trail, restrooms, barbecues and a grassy area.
Arbor Oaks: 3 acres at Elmira and Leisure Town Road featuring picnic tables, toddler and youth playgrounds, barbecue facilities and open area.
Arlington: 18 acres at Foxboro Parkway and Peabody Road. Includes picnic areas, softball fields, Little League field, restrooms, concession stand and TGIFun trailer.
Browns Valley: 4.4 acres along Wrentham Drive. Includes a neighborhood recreation center, toddler and youth playgrounds, TGIFun trailer and portable backstop.
Cambridge School: 8 acres along Nut Tree Road near Cambridge Elementary School. Includes picnic tables, a playground, 2 backstops, 10 station par course and a TGIFun trailer.
Cannon Station: 6.5 acres between Opal Drive and Nut Tree Road. Features two multipurpose courts for basketball and outdoor hockey, a tennis court, multi-use field, baseball backstop and playground.
Centennial Park: 40 acres on Brown’s Valley Road have been developed. Features four baseball fields, four tennis courts, six soccer fields, a Wiffle-ball field, an outdoor roller hockey court, a hiking trail, restrooms and a concession stand.
City Hall: 1.5 acres at City Hall on Walnut Avenue. Features picnic area and bocce ball court.
Cooper School: 6.6 acres along Christine Drive, near Cooper School. Includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables, multi-use field and TGIFun trailer.
Fairmont/Beelard: 8.3 acres along Beelard Drive. Features multi-use field, basketball court, picnic tables and jogging and bike trail.
Fairmont School: 4 acres at Tulare and Marshall roads. Offers a playground, backstop, multi-use field and TGIFun trailer.
Hawkins: 6 acres at Summerfield Drive and Newport Circle, near Vaca Valley Hospital. Includes playground, picnic area, barbecues, two tennis courts, basketball court, exercise stations and horseshoe pit.
Hemlock School: 4 acres at Eldridge and Hemlock streets. Offers two backstops and a multi-use field.
Keating: 20 acres at Alamo Lane and California Drive. Features seven baseball fields, picnic and barbecue areas, restrooms and concession stands.
Larsen: On Alamo Drive. Includes two softball fields.
Meadowlands: 8 acres at Vanden Road and Woodbridge Drive, near Callison School. Includes playground, restrooms, multi-use field, basketball court, TGIFun trailer and picnic area.
Nelson: 10.5 acres at Nut Tree and Marshall roads, near Notre Dame School. Features two softball fields, playground, picnic area, restrooms and multi-use field.
Normandy Meadows: 14,000 square feet of turf on Chateau Way with no amenities.
North Orchard: 6.5 acres along North Orchard Avenue, near Orchard Elementary School. Contains a half-court basketball court, playground, jogging and bike trails, multi-use field, picnic tables and four tennis courts.
Padan: 6.7 acres on Padan School Road near Eugene Padan School. Has a basketball court, multi-use field, two soccer goals, two backstops, jogging trail, TGIFun trailer center, fitness circuit and playground.
Patwin: 5 acres at Elmira and Leisure Town roads. Has basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe pit, playground, barbecues, picnic area and multi-use field.
Peña Adobe/Lagoon Valley: 64 acres in Lagoon Valley near Interstate 80. Features the Peña Adobe home, a California historical landmark. Also home to a museum, barbecue area, horseshoe pit, multi-use field, pioneer cemetery, 1-mile bike trail, antique farm equipment, nature plant guard and 52 acres of open space. Nearby, Lagoon Valley Lake at 470-acre Lagoon Valley Park has fishing and a dog park. No motorized boats are allowed, and no swimming is permitted.
Pheasant Country: 7 acres at Caldwell Drive and Madison Avenue. Features playground, tot lot, basketball court, multi-use field, 10-station fitness course, barbecues and picnic areas.
Ridgeview: 7 acres on Tipperary Drive. Offers a playground, basketball court, multipurpose field, fitness circuit and picnic areas.
Senior Center: 1.6 acres along Ulatis Creek to Senior Center. Offers picnic tables and a large shaded area.
Sierra Vista School: 8 acres along Bel Air Drive, near Sierra Vista School. Includes jogging path and multi-use field.
Southwood: 4 acres on Southwood Drive. Features picnic area, playground, basketball court, fitness circuit and horseshoe pit. It also provides access to the Alamo Creek bike trail.
Stonegate: 4.5 acres along Stonegate Drive. Includes large playground with a tot lot, picnic area, fitness course, multipurpose field and basketball court.
Three Oaks Community Center: 5 acres at 1100 Alamo Drive. Features swimming pool and four lighted tennis courts.
Trower: 4.5 acres along Markham Avenue between Meadows Drive and Holly Lane. Includes basketball court, picnic area, barbecue, playground and a Boys and Girls Club.
Willows: 2 acres along Ogden Way off Marshall Road. Has picnic tables, playground, multi-use field and basketball court.
Basketball courts: The courts, located at Poppy House Road and Sullivan Street, also have picnic tables.
Bruning: A 1.4-acre community park that is adjacent to the downtown area between Third and Fourth streets, and Bruning Avenue and Montezuma Street. Park contains the city’s public swimming pool and features a playground, barbecues, picnic tables and large grassy area.
Crescent: Small park at Crescent Drive just off Logan Street has a half-court basketball court, barbecue pits, picnic tables and playground.
Drouin: 1.1-acre park on Drouin Drive between Sierra Drive and Amador Circle contains grass field, picnic tables and playground.
Egbert Field: Located along St. Francis Street between Rolling Green Drive and Poppy House Road, the 5-acre park has one youth baseball and one adult/Babe Ruth baseball/softball field and restrooms. Fields are also used for youth soccer.
Harris DeSilva Skateboard Park: The 6-structure skateboard park is located next to the Police Department on Poppy House Road.
Homecoming: 1-acre park at the corner of Fisher Street and Madere Way features grassy area, playground, picnic tables and barbecue area.
Memorial: 1.5 acres of fenced grassy area at west end of town on Highway 12.
Val DeFlores: Located behind DH White Elementary School on Scott Street, Rio Vista’s second-largest park is 3.2 acres, with space for two youth soccer fields. It also has picnic tables and restrooms.
Waterfront Promenade: Located on the Sacramento River next to the Rio Vista Bridge, the park features a fishing dock, fish-cleaning station, picnic tables, barbecues and restrooms. It’s a popular place to go for a walk or a jog.
Conejo: 3-acre neighborhood park is located at 1500 Fulmor Drive. It offers picnic facilities, a playground and open space.
Hall: Located at 245 E. Chestnut St., the 52-acre park features tennis courts, group picnic areas, playground, horseshoe pits, softball fields, Little League fields, swimming pool, skateboard park, covered sports arena, outdoor basketball court, multi-use playing field and amphitheater.
Linear Path: Regency Parkway to North Lincoln Street. Lit pathway with park benches and par course stations.
Northwest: 22.5 acres at 1200 Parkgreen Drive. Offers picnic facilities for groups and families, playgrounds, soccer fields, large grassy area and lighted basketball courts.
Patwin: The 5-acre neighborhood park is located at 1600 W. H St.. Playground, basketball court, grassy area and picnic facilities.
Veterans: 5-acre neighborhood park at 1300 Valley Glen Drive has covered picnic facilities, basketball courts, playground, tot lot, climbing wall and large grassy area.
Women’s Improvement Club: Along North First Street next to the Dixon Library. It features picnic tables and park benches, and plays host to the city’s summer movie series.
Benicia Point Pier: End of First Street. Features fishing access with restrooms.
Bridgeview: Off Shirley Drive. Includes picnic areas, a playground, grassy areas and basketball courts.
Channing Circle: At 800 Channing Drive. Has a playground and grassy areas.
City: Located at First Street and Military West. Offers picnic areas, a playground, restrooms, grassy areas and barbecues.
Civic Center: At 151 E. K St. Includes a picnic area, playground, restrooms, grassy areas, tennis courts and barbecues.
Community: At Rose and Dempsey drives. Offers picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, grassy areas, a skate park, ballfields and barbecues.
D Street Square: On D Street. Has a playground, restrooms and basketball courts.
Duncan Graham: Located at Hillcrest and Vista Grande avenues. Features a playground, grassy areas and basketball courts.
Ethelree Saraiva: At East Sixth at East L streets. Offers a picnic area, playground, grassy areas and basketball courts.
Francesca Terrace: Found at the foot of Hillcrest Avenue. Features a picnic area, playground, restrooms, grassy areas, basketball courts and barbecues.
Frank Skillman: At Rose and Gallagher drives. Includes a picnic area, playground, grassy areas, basketball courts and barbecues.
Gateway: Along Barton Way. Has a playground and grassy area.
Jack London: Located at Rose and Hastings drives. Features a picnic area, playground, restrooms, grassy areas, ballfields, basketball courts and barbecues.
Lake Herman: On Lake Herman Road. Includes a picnic area, restrooms, grassy areas and fishing access.
Matthew Turner: At the foot of West 12th Street. Has a picnic area, restrooms, grassy areas and fishing access.
Ninth Street: At the foot of West Ninth Street. Offers a picnic area, playground, restrooms, grassy areas, fishing access and barbecues.
Overlook: Along Seaview Drive. Has a picnic area, playground, grassy areas and barbecues.
Park Solano: At Hastings and Solano drives. Includes a picnic area, playground, grassy areas and barbecues.
Southhampton: At Chelsea Hills and Panorama drives. Features a picnic area, playground, grassy areas, basketball courts and barbecues.
Turnbull: At the Benicia Marina. Has a picnic area, restrooms, grassy areas and basketball courts.
Waters End: At Mcallister and Rose, has picnic, playground, turf and restrooms.
Willow Glen: At West K and West Seventh streets. Offers a playground, restrooms and grassy areas.
Beverly Hills: 11 acres on Del Sur Street, with a playground, walking trail and grass play areas.
Blue Rock Springs: 29 acres at 650 Columbus Parkway featuring large picnic areas with barbecues, an open field, children’s playground, a small lake and restrooms. There’s also a 2,500-foot hiking trail. It’s next to Blue Rock Springs Golf Course.
Borges Ranch: 3 acres on Borges Lane with a playground, multi-use field, picnic tables and a walking trail.
Carquinez: 5 acres at Porter Street and Sandy Beach Road with picnic tables and open grassy areas.
Castlewood: 5 acres at the 700 block of Heartwood Avenue. Offers a playground, lighted tennis courts, open grass area, community buildings and an aquatics center with restrooms.
City: 2.5 acres, at the corner of Sacramento and Louisiana streets. It has a children’s playground, picnic tables, grassy play area, restrooms and horseshoe pits.
Crest Ranch: 11 acres at Gateway Drive and Nicole Way. Includes a playground, picnic tables, softball fields, soccer field, basketball courts, horse shoe pit and restroom.
Dan Foley: 60 acres, making it the largest park in the city, at the east end of North Camino Alto with lighted baseball and softball diamonds, a multi-use field, a basketball court, picnic areas, barbecues, playground, tot lot, restrooms, fishing dock and walking trail around Lake Chabot.
Delta Meadows: 4 acres at Jack London and Candy drives. Offers a playground, half basketball courts and a 700-foot trail.
Fairmont: 1 acre at Viewmont and Edgemont avenues. Playground, picnic tables and grassy area.
Glen Cove School: 4 acres at 501 Glen Cove Parkway. Features a playground, unlighted tennis courts, restroom, multi-use field, picnic tables and soccer field.
Glen Cove Nature Area: 15 acres on Whitesides Drive off Regatta Drive. Undeveloped park with trail connections to the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Grant Mahoney: 1.5 acres at Mariposa and Arkansas streets. Has a playground, grassy area, picnic tables, rose garden and community building.
Hanns Memorial: 21 acres at Redwood Parkway and Skyline Drive. Heavily-shaded picnic areas with barbecues, an amphitheater, restroom, multi-use play areas, and a 6,000-foot trail leading to the Blue Rock Springs linear parkway.
Henry Ranch: 3 acres at Severus and Auburn drives. Offers a playground, grassy play fields and perimeter walking trail.
Highlands: 7 acres off Columbus Parkway at Regents Park Drive. Includes a playground, open grassy play areas and basketball courts.
Independence: 1 acre at Mare Island Way and Maine Street. Fishing access and a walkway along the Mare Island Strait, with restroom building.
Lake Dalwigk: 11 acres off Curtola Parkway. Features a playground, picnic tables, basketball courts, restrooms, grassy play area and a perimeter walking trail that provides access over Curtola Parkway to Wilson Park.
North Vallejo Community: 10 acres at Whitney Avenue and Fairgrounds Drive, featuring a community center, playground, basketball court, lighted baseball field, multi-use and restrooms.
Richardson: 12 acres at 325 Richardson Drive off Sereno Drive. Offers a playground, open grassy areas, picnic tables with barbecues, lighted ball field (Madren Field), and restrooms.
River: Located at Wilson Avenue and Farragut Street, the park features a 3,200-foot trail.
Setterquist: 10 acres at Mini Drive and Stanford Avenue. Includes a playground, grassy play areas, Little League fields and six tennis courts.
Sheveland: 1 acre at the top of Coghlan Street at Harrier Avenue. Playground, barbecues and small grassy areas for picnicking.
Terrace: 11 acres at Selfridge Street and Gardner Avenue. Offers a playground, grassy play areas, picnic tables with barbecues and a ball field.
Wardlaw West: 3.2 acres at 1698 Oakwood Ave. Features grassy play areas, a soccer field, a playground, basketball courts (at adjoining Wardlaw School) and a multi-use field.
Wardlaw East: 9.6 acres off Ascot Parkway across from Bethel High School. Offers a youth soccer field with a 17,000 square-foot hybrid skateboard and BMX park, a 2.2-acre dog park, picnic areas, restrooms and a pedestrian bridge connection to the Blue Rock Springs corridor.
Washington: 2 acres at Napa and Ohio streets. Features a ball field, large grassy area and playground.
Wilson: 17 acres at Solano Avenue and Wilson Street. Includes a playground, open grassy areas, shaded picnic areas with barbecues, lighted and unlighted ball fields, a multi-use field, restrooms and perimeter walking trails that provide pedestrian access over Curtola Parkway to Lake Dalwigk Park.
Lake Solano: Located west of Winters along Putah Creek at 8685 Pleasants Valley Road, Lake Solano caters to a number of outdoor activities, including fishing, camping, swimming, boating, hiking, birdwatching and bicycling.
Lynch Canyon Open Space: 1,039 acres located just north of Interstate 80 between American Canyon Road and Highway 12. Seven trails in varying lengths allow for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.
Rush Ranch: About 2,000 acres 2.5 miles south of Highway 12 on Grizzly Island Road. Includes three trails and a museum featuring Rush family artifacts and exhibits on the indigenous Native Americans and wildlife.
Sandy Beach: Situated along the Sacramento River just south of Rio Vista at 2333 Beach Drive, Sandy Beach Park is a great place for jet-skiing, pleasure boating, wind surfing and sailing, as well as land-lubbing activities such as volleyball, horseshoe pitching, picnicking and camping.
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