Santa Maria has 28 City parks including more than 234 acres of grass, trees and play fields, two public swimming pools, gazebos for summer concerts, plenty of places to barbecue, an 11-acre lake, and another park with a replica of the good ship Santa Maria. More parks are being developed to bring residents even more outdoor recreational opportunities. Santa Maria also has a regional park in Los Flores Ranch Park, which occupies much of the 1,774-acre property south of the City.
Looking for a beautiful park setting to rent for a birthday party or special event? Pioneer Park, Rodenberger Park, or Preisker Park may be exactly what you are looking for. To view more information regarding these parks, and park views, please click on the links provided below.
*Parks with reservable outdoor spaces are marked with an asterisk.
While some parks require a reservation including user fees, a majority of the park sites use are based on a first-come first-served basis. With the exception of Pioneer Park which requires three weeks advanced notice, all reservations must be made on or before the Thursday prior to the event by noon. Reservations are not accepted by telephone. Please visit us at 615 South McClelland Street or call us at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260 to check for availability.
Agency/ Organization Facility Reservation Request Form
The “Agency/ Organization Facility Reservation Request Form” should be filled out by agencies or organizations with a non-profit tax identification number that would like to request a facility reservation at a discounted prize.
Report an Unsafe Condition
To report an unsafe condition at a Recreation facility (i.e. playground or park equipment, fields, BBQs) contact the Department at (805) 925-951 extension 2260.
Specialty Structure Permit Application
The “Specialty Structure Permit Application” should be submitted with a Certificate of Insurance and a Business License. This permit is most commonly used for Bounce Houses but is applicable to all vendors wanting to operate on and or upon City facilities.
600 West Enos Drive
The City's second-largest park at 29 acres provides lots of activities for all ages. Ten acres of soccer fields are used by hundreds of kids weekly, while lighted tennis courts can help with a family fitness program. The large Minami Community Center offers classes and available rental space for any event. There is also a Bocce Ball Court as well as BBQ pits. Public restrooms are at the Minami Community Center.
510 East Park Avenue
This five-acre park offers a community garden and is a joint agricultural educational site with Allan Hancock College. This park is adjacent to the Elwin Mussell Center and a portable restroom is provided next to the garden.
1000 East Chapel Street
Close to the heart of downtown Santa Maria, this two-acre open turf area is perfect for a neighborhood get-together. There are two barbecue and picnic areas with tables and a small gazebo along a walking path. Armstrong Park also has a large playground with benches and a restroom is available on-site.
1000 North Railroad
At over six acres, this popular park offers some of the City’s best amenities including lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, and a premier soccer field to name a few. Atkinson Park is also home to one of Santa Maria’s largest playgrounds. A community hall is available for rental for your next community event. This park has a public restroom available and two barbecue pits with tables, benches, and a shade cover.
1921 South Western Avenue
The City's newest park has two basketball courts, three barbeque and picnic areas, and a one-of-a-kind playground structure with musical instruments, generous greenspace, restrooms, and necessary infrastructure for special events.
1800 Westgate Road
The seven-acre park offers visitors a large playground, and abundant open space perfect for a game of soccer, flag football, flying a kite, and much more. It is also the site of Liberty Elementary School. Restroom and barbecue picnic areas are available on-site.
800 South Pine Street
This centrally located four-acre park is one of the first parks built by City forefathers almost 100 years ago. This park offers a playground, barbecue pits, picnic tables, and basketball courts.
2200 South College Drive
This three-acre park offers a playground, grass area, drinking fountain, a covered picnic area with barbecue pit, basketball court and an additional barbecue pit with a picnic seating area and is perfect for small parties or family picnics. This park also features a decomposed granite pathway that encompasses the park, perfect for afternoon walks. Nearby, you will find a skate park with ramps, a bicycle-pump track, and a rock climbing apparatus. Restrooms are available on-site.
1155 West Rancho Verde
This six-acre neighborhood park includes a multi-purpose room, playground, and a barbecue picnic area. The open turf area is ideal for a family touch football game, soccer game, or just relaxing. A walking path that circles the park is popular with the public. Restrooms are available on-site.
3300 Skyway Drive
The premier sports complex on the Central Coast attracts sports competition from throughout the nation. The center includes four multi-purpose fields, a snack bar, playground, bike path, and restrooms. The complex is ideal for softball or soccer tournaments or a wide array of special events.
809 Stanford Drive
The spacious turf and a beautiful large lake, which is full of wildlife and encircled by a walking path, are only a few of the reasons to visit Jim May Park. The park also includes a barbecue pit and a, large playground. Enjoy the view from the overlooking pier or have a picnic in the covered picnic area. Restrooms are available on-site.
500 S. Palisade Drive
The two acres at Joe White Park include a playground, basketball court, gazebo, small barbecue picnic areas, many trees, and an enjoyable place for a lunch break or an afternoon with the kids.
6245 Dominion Road
The 1,774-acre open space park is comprised of rolling hills and eight miles of trails. Vast recreation, environmental education, and volunteer opportunities are available. Highlights of the Los Flores Ranch Park include group tours, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, and a Visitor’s Center.
620 East Sunrise Drive
This nine-acre park has a multi-purpose room, softball field, lighted tennis courts, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, large playground, and a picnic area with barbecue pit, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms are available on-site.
2600 La Costa Drive
At almost two acres, this park has a playground, lots of trees, and two picnic table areas available for an afternoon in the park.
1300 North Western
The City and Oakley School share this four-acre site, which underwent a total renovation in 2015-16. The park reopened in early 2016 with two Little League fields, a soccer field, parking lot, lighting, and more. Picnic and barbecue areas are available on-site.
1150 West Foster Road
The rustic setting of this 15-acre park offers a very large private picnic area that can accommodate groups up to 900 with shade from native oaks. A large barbecue area, pavilion, large grassy field, children's playground, and horseshoe pits are also available.
801 West Boxcar
The park features a pergola large enough to house two individual picnic areas, a children's play area with a railroad theme, grass area, and tennis and basketball courts that are shared with Tommy Kunst Junior High School (The general public has access to these courts when school is not in session). Restrooms are available on-site.
330 Hidden Pines Way
Located at the northern end of town is Santa Maria's largest park at nearly 40 acres. This park, popular with morning walkers because of its perimeter walk, has all the elements for leisure activities. The old style gazebo/bandstand is ideal for relaxing summer concerts in the park, or a small wedding ceremony. More than 100 different tree species can be seen at the park site. Amenities include three playgrounds, seven reservable group picnic areas, five barbecue picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis, restrooms, a large open grass area for a leisurely game of soccer or touch football, horseshoe pits, and a popular 18-hole disc golf course.
700 East Sunset
This three-acre neighborhood park includes a playground for the kids, a softball field, portable restroom, and numerous picnic areas are available for your use on a first-come, first-served basis. There is even a beautiful redwood grove located at the park. Rice Park is shared with Rice School.
2725 Santa Barbara Drive
This five-acre park provides visitors with a large covered picnic barbecue area, with a children's playground located just a few steps away. A softball field and fitness course is also available for family fun and exercise.
100 North Broadway
The four-acre park meanders through multi-family dwellings and a high-rise senior living complex. The park has a playground, gazebo and waterfall featuring a rose garden; and the native plant display will please the eye while you enjoy an afternoon in the park.
2625 South College Drive
The award-winning Rotary Centennial Park and the adjacent Robin Ventura Tee Ball Field, named after the Baseball All-Star, are a joint effort of the City of Santa Maria and the three local Rotary Clubs. The popular park is a way to celebrate both the 100-year anniversaries of the City’s incorporation and the founding of Rotary International, in 1905. The park features a 10-station exercise trail system, basketball court, beautiful park clock, flagpoles, drinking fountain, play apparatus, tot lot, and a large open grass area for leisure soccer or a touch football game; as well as numerous benches and tables throughout the park. A covered picnic area of 30 tables with a large barbecue pit is available for rental. Restrooms are available on-site.
1000 West Church Street
With almost two-acres and numerous barbecue pits and picnic tables, Russell Park is perfect for a Santa Maria Style BBQ, and the playground is ideal for the enjoyment of family and friends. Russell Park has a portable restroom available.
809 Panther Drive
This five-acre park is home to Kon Field, the City's newest baseball diamond. The park includes Edwards Community Center, a reservable multi-purpose room adjacent to a catering kitchen ideal for small parties, meetings or other activities. A gymnasium with volleyball and basketball courts and bleacher seating is open for sport activities or is reservable for general practices.
600 South McClelland Street
Simas Park is a multi-park site. A lawn bowling green, basketball court, Elks Baseball Field ,and a little league baseball field and a softball field that provide plenty of summer activity for softball or Tee Ball games. The Paul Nelson Aquatic Center is a favorite with Santa Marians and visitors alike. Sharing the site is one of the Central Coast's premier youth centers, the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center. All of this is in walking distance from the Santa Maria Civic Center, Library, and the Town Center Mall. Restroom is available on-site.
1100 North Palisade Drive
The nearly six acres of turf and mature redwood trees make Tunnell Park a beautiful site. This is a shared location with Tunnell School, complete with a little league baseball field and softball field, playground and shelter barbecue picnic areas.
313 West Tunnell Street
This historic two-acre park is adjacent to Santa Maria's premier indoor event venue, the Veterans’ Memorial Community Center. Several plaques and monuments pay homage to those that have fought for our country's freedom in past wars, while the playground offers future leaders challenging play time to help develop their young minds. A restroom is available across the street at the Veterans’ Memorial Community Center. Barbecue picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
City Parks & Facilities Map
For more information, please call the Recreation and Parks administrative office at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.