The city offers a variety of active and passive use parks that provide an array of picnic, barbecue, playground, and entertainment areas; a 26-acre sports complex that offers lighted tennis courts, Little League fields, a lighted Babe Ruth field, lighted softball, soccer and football fields; an off-leash dog park; and a community garden. For walking and nature enthusiasts, there are hiking trails along the Arroyo Grande Creek and James Way Oak Habitat and Wildlife Preserve.
City parks located in Arroyo Grande include:
- Heritage Oak Park
- Strother Community Park
- Elm Street Park
- Rancho Grande Park
- Health Fitness Park
- Hoosegrow Park
- Kingo Park
- Terra de Oro Park
- Hart – Collett Memorial Park
Heritage Square Park is at the heart of the village beside Arroyo Grande Creek. You can have lunch, listen to music at the bandstand or just enjoy the quiet of the park and relax.
Strother Community Park is also next to the Arroyo Grande Creek. It includes three large barbecues and they can be reserved in advance. You can play horseshoes, softball, basketball or volleyball to keep busy. The basketball courts feature interactive Public Art. This park is ideal for almost any family activity.
Elm Street Park features an all-inclusive playground (Kiwanis Inclusive Playground) that was awarded four National Demonstration Site Accreditations, the first in the nation.
The J Soto Sports Complex has 7 ball fields (accommodating baseball, softball, football, and soccer). The Complex boasts 4 lighted tennis courts and 4 lighted pickleball courts, all newly resurfaced in 2022 that can be rented by the hour. Next to the Complex there is barbecue area that accommodates 75 people and can be reserved in advance.
Rancho Grande Park has two play structures, a basketball court, horseshoe pits and open green space, which is perfect for the whole family.
Health Fitness Park is located behind Arroyo Grande Hospital and features exercise stations, jogging trails and a heart-rate monitor.
Hoosegow Park overlooks the village and is home to the City Jail built in 1910.
Kingo Park has a small tot play structure, picnic tables and barbecue grills.
Terra de Oro Park is a small neighborhood park with a play structure, long walking path and benches.
Hart-Collett Memorial Park near downtown has tables and benches so you can enjoy the colorful beds and trees.
Elm Street Park, Strother Park, Rancho Grande Park, Heritage Park and Centennial Gazebo are all reservable through the City’s Recreation Services Department (805) 473 -5477.