25 Ways to Have More Fun in Our Parks


Close your eyes and picture yourself having fun outdoors. What are you doing? Hiking? Playing a sport? Listening to your child giggle as she goes down the slide? No matter what your interests are, American Canyon has the park for you!

Here's a list of 25 fun things to do in American Canyon's outdoor spaces. What will you do this weekend?

1. TAKE A HIKE

Newell Open Space Preserve offers some of the best hiking trails in American Canyon. It's conveniently located at the corner of Newell Drive and Donaldson Way, but feels miles away from civilization. The first 1/2 mile or so of the trail is easy for little ones to navigate, and they'll be delighted to explore the seasonal creek and excellent climbing trees. The terrain does get a little tougher as you progress down the trail, eventually leading to a moderately steep hill. If you make it to the top you'll be rewarded with amazing views of American Canyon, that stretch all the way to the San Pablo Bay. For more information about Newell Open Space, and to view a map of the trail loop, click here.

2. LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE

The Wetlands Edge Drive sidewalk is perfect for teaching your child to ride a bike. The sidewalk is flat, smooth, and wide enough to walk alongside your child. Plus, it's long enough for your child to practice pedaling without navigating any tricky turns! There are several benches available when it's time for a break, and the Wetlands make a gorgeous backdrop for those first bike ride photos!

3. THROW A PARTY

American Canyon knows how to throw a party! Did you know that American Canyon residents may reserve the picnic areas at many of our beautiful parks, for as little as $5 per hour? Imagine how much fun your company picnic, or your child's birthday, would be at one of our parks! Picnic areas may be reserved at the following parks:

  • Community Park I

  • Gadwall Park

  • Linwood Park (behind the Recreation Center)

  • Main Street Park

  • Northampton Park

  • Pelleria Park (La Vigne Development)

  • Shenandoah Park

  • Silver Oak Park

  • Via Bellagio Park (La Vigne Development)

For more information, check out the city's Park Rental Guide, or call the Parks & Recreation office at (707) 648-7475. Park rental applications must be submitted in person at the Parks & Recreation office at 100 Benton Way.

4. HOST A POOL PARTY

Does your child have a summer birthday? Celebrate with a pool party! The Philip West Aquatics Center may be reserved for private parties, or during open swim hours. For more information, please see the city's website or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (707) 648-7475.

5. CATCH SOME AIR

Thrill seeking skateboard and scooter enthusiasts can catch some serious air at our 13,000 square foot skate park. Don't forget your helmet!

6. HOST A PLAYDATE

The following playgrounds have super fun playground equipment, as well as seating for parents.

  • Community Park I

  • Gadwall Park

  • Linwood Park

  • Main Street Park