Citywide Parks Master Plan

The Draft Citywide Parks Master Plan is now available.  The document can be found here.

Community Meeting:

A Community Meeting will be held May 31 at the Community Center at 6:00pm. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.  At the meeting the Master Plan will be presented and the community will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

The Master Plan will form the framework for the future provision of parks in Newark.  The Newark community has identified new recreational facilities and park expansions that far exceed our short and medium term financial capacity. Thus, the Master Plan process includes a careful assessment and prioritization of potential projects and lays out the framework for the future of park improvements in Newark.

The highest priority improvements identified in the Master Plan are:

• All-weather turf fields at Sportsfield Park.
• Skate Park at Sportsfield Park.
• Dog Parks at Birch Grove Park, Community Park, and the future Bayshores Park.
• Shirley Sisk Grove Amphitheater Enhancement.

The City of Newark operates and maintains 131 acres of City parks and several recreational facilities. Of this total, 121 acres are owned by the City and 10 acres are leased from the Newark Unified School District. There are 13 parks in the city, including eight neighborhood parks, three community parks, the Shirley Sisk Grove, MacGregor Play Fields. The City also owns and operates the Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center, the Clark W. Redeker Newark Senior Center, and the Newark Community Center (closed but Available for Rental). There are 3 acre and 5 acre parks proposed in the Dumbarton Transit Oriented Development, a 3 acre joint use park planned in the Sanctuary Development (Area 3) and a 2 acre park envisioned in Sanctuary West (Area 4).  There are also 80 acres of Area 4 designated for a golf course or other recreational use.  In addition to City owned parks, there are privately owned mini parks in some neighborhoods.  Details of the City’s Parks can be found in the General Plan Parks Recreation and Open Space Element. The complete General Plan can be read here - Newark's General Plan

Newark has previously identified new recreational facilities and park expansions (including a skate park, dog park, golf course, and all weather playfields), that far exceed the community’s short and medium term financial capacity. Thus, a careful assessment and prioritization of these visions is urgently needed.