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Folsom Parks and Recreation

Jun 29, 2012 07:30AM ● By Style

Photo courtesy of the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department.

The Folsom Parks and Recreation Department marks its 20th anniversary this month, which also coincides with National Park and Recreation Month.

Folsom’s rich history of sports and recreation predates the 1992 founding of the Parks and Recreation Department. Prior to that time, the City contracted recreation services through the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and the Folsom Athletic Association.

Today the Department maintains 46 parks, more than 400 acres of open space, and 35 miles of recreational trails; offers hundreds of programs for tots through seniors; and operates the Folsom Aquatic Center, the Folsom Sports Complex, the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, the Hinkle Creek Nature Center, the Senior Center and Public Art Center, and the Gallery at 48 Natoma. Parks truly do make life better; these amenities not only add beauty and value to the community, but they offer safe places to play, promote environmentally friendly transportation, provide inexpensive – or free – ways to keep fit and healthy, and create a higher quality of life for residents.

We invite you to help us celebrate our 20th anniversary – we’ve compiled a list of 20 fun ways for residents and visitors to enjoy some of the great activities presented by the department:

  • Summer Concerts in the Park (July 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.); admission is free – pack a picnic and enjoy the music with friends and family.
  • Visit the Gallery at 48 Natoma from 6-8 p.m. on July 13 for a free reception to welcome the beautiful new exhibit, Sea, Sand and Stone.
  • On July 21, the Folsom Aquatic Center hosts a free swim and movie night at 7 p.m.; the family-friendly film is projected on a giant outdoor screen – bring a picnic and some blankets and enjoy an evening of great entertainment.
  • Take a one-mile nature hike through riparian and oak woodland habitat at the Hinkle Creek Nature Center.
  • Take your four-legged friend for a play session at Fido Field (dog park) or at Cummings Family Park.

For the complete list of 20 ways to celebrate 20 years of Folsom Parks and Recreation, visit