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Citywide Parks Master Plan

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Citywide Parks Master Plan - Updated June 2017 (PDF)

The Master Plan forms 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- 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. 

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