Downtown City Park
Located in the heart of downtown, City Park is the perfect place to picnic, play or stroll through before or after seeing a movie, shopping, or eating at one of the many nearby restaurants. City Park has always been a favorite location for events and gatherings celebrating local holidays like Pioneer Day and the Mid-State Fair Pancake Breakfast to national holidays such as the 4th of July. City Park hosts Concerts in the Park, Trading Day, the Wine Festival and several car shows.The park has a playground, restrooms, several picnic tables, and horseshoe pits. The land upon which City Park sits was donated by the town’s founders (James and Blackburn) for the specific use of a public park.
Downtown City Park is open 6 am to 11 pm. Alcohol is only allowed at the park with a permit. No dogs allowed.
Areas Available for Reservations
Downtown Park Safe Dining
The Downtown City Park is open for wining, dining and socializing - safely. Grab takeout, wine, beer and cocktails from Paso’s restaurants and reserve one of the many private farmhouse style tables in the park’s shaded dining section. There, you’ll be met by a concierge who will guide you to your own sanitized table. Private tables are available for reservation Thursday-Sunday beginning at 5:30 PM through Labor Day. Reserve a table on Yelp or call 805-712-0601 with any questions.
Situated in the center of City Park, the historic City Park Gazebo is a hexagonal, covered structure with a concrete floor, lighting and electricity access. The gazebo is utilized for many functions year round and is approximately 100 yards from the playground and restrooms.
The reservable picnic area is located on the south side of the park (off 11th Street) and includes a large concrete barbecue with two serving tables and a 4,500 square foot lawn area. The site is adjacent to the horseshoe pits and approximately 50 yards from the restrooms. There is water access near the barbecue but not electricity.
To reserve the Picnic Area online, click here (Gazebo reservations cannot be made online). You may also download and fill out the Application for Use of Facilities and return it to Recreation Services at Centennial Park, along with a check for the appropriate amount (see fees below).
You will need to submit an Application for Use of Alcoholic Beverages if your event will include alcohol.
Applications must be submitted no less than 7 days or more than 180 days prior to the requested reservation date. Online reservations incur a 6.1% processing fee. Reservations with alcohol and/or bounce houses must be processed in person at Recreation Services.
Alcohol is only allowed at the park with a permit. No dogs allowed.
View the availability of this facility here.
View the Downtown City Park aerial map here.
The Gazebo is $53/hour and requires a 2 hour reservation minimum. Nonprofit groups may reserve the Gazebo for $39/hour (Gazebo reservations cannot be made online).
The Picnic Area is $32/hour and requires a 2 hour reservation minimum. Nonprofit groups may reserve the picnic area for $24/hour (Non-profit group reservations cannot be made online).
For further details or questions, contact the Facilities Coordinator by email or by phone at (805)237-3988.