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Parks & Recreation

Alcohol in City Parks

A Permit to consume alcohol may be obtained with a paid picnic area reservation.  Those consuming alcohol must be 21 years of age or older.  There is no fee for an alcohol permit.

Are bicycles permitted in the park

Bike riding is permitted in parks on roads and designated bike paths.

Are bicycles prohibited from sidewalks

Yes

Are horses or pony rides allowed in City Parks?

No

Are there athletic or fitness programs for adults

To see our latest listing of programs and activities visit our website link below or call (559) 713-4365

Can I fish at the pond in Plaza Park?

Minors age 16 years and younger are welcome to fish at Plaza Park.  The pond is stocked each May for the annual Fishing Derby.  

Can I have a bounce house or water slide in the park?

Bounce houses, water slides and like equipment are allowed in some parks and are site specific.  Call the Parks and Recreation Department at (559) 713-4365 for details.

Can I have music or a DJ in a City park?

It is unlawful to emit music or noise which exceeds 60 decibles at fifty (50) feet and interferes with other uses in any public park or recreation area.  

Can I pay a city bill online?

The Parks & Recreation Department accepts online registration and payments for classes and programs.

City of Visalia utility payments can be made online at https://visalia.gwfathom.com 

Can I pay for a class online?

The Parks & Recreation Department accepts online registration and payments for classes and programs.

Can I set up my own canopy, tables and chairs in a City park?

Yes.  However, you may not drive any vehicles onto the grass.  Always be considerate of other park users.

Can I take my dog into the park (on or off leash)

There are two designated "off-leash" dog areas located in the City of Visalia.  Plaza Park (1800 S. Plaza Drive) and Seven Oaks Park (900 S. Edison Street).  Otherwise, dogs are required to be restrained by leash.

Do I need a park reservation for my picnic, party event?

All areas are subject to reservation, to ensure the availability of an area a reservation is highly recommended.  Areas that are not reserved may be used without a permit on a first come, first served basis. A permit must be obtained for parties and events that will be having alcohol or jump equipment.

Do the picnic areas have electricity?

Some picnic areas have electrical outlets for public convenience.  These outlets are designed strictly for small appliances not requiring more than 12 amps of electricity.

How do I apply to remove or trim a Valley Oak tree?

Contact the City of Visalia Urban Forestry Division at (559) 713-4384.

How do I find out what sports/activities the Recreation Department offers?

The Parks and Recreation Department distributes a catalog of programs and activities three times each year.  This publication is also located on the City of Visalia website at www.ci.visalia.ca.us.  A copy can also be obtained at the Anthony Community Center located at 345 N. Jacob Street or by calling (559) 713-4365.

How do I reserve a park area?

Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis at the Parks and Recreation Department business office located in the Anthony Community Center,  345 N. Jacob Street in Visalia.  Park availability can be checked by calling (559) 713-4365.  Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm.

How much does it cost to reserve a picnic area?

Reservations are charged on a daily basis (not hourly). Rates can vary according to seating capacity (50-200) of the picnic area.

I want to report drugs in the park

Contact the Visalia Police Department at (559) 734-8116

I want to report gangs in the park

Contact the Visalia Police Department at (559) 734-8116

I want to report too much trash in a park

For concerns regarding Park Maintenance contact the Visalia Parks Department at (559) 713-4384 or email liveandplay@visalia.city

I want to reserve Cutler Park

Cutler Park is owned and operated by the County of Tulare.  Park information may be obtained by calling (559) 733-6291.

I want to reserve Mooney Grove Park

Mooney Grove Park is owned and operated by the County of Tulare.  Park information may be obtained by calling (559) 733-6291.

Is the City of Visalia responsible for pruning Valley Oak trees on private property?

In most cases, the property owner is responsible for the care of Valley Oak trees on their property.  Valley Oak trees in the public right of way are maintained by the City.

Is there a charge for having a bounce house?

There is no extra charge to place a bounce house in a park.  Bounce houses are allowed in designated areas with a permit.

My neighbor's tree hangs over my fence or into my yard and drops leaves.

This is a civil matter between the property owners, the City has no authority.

Please remove graffiti from the park

Call the Graffiti Hotline at (559) 713-4207

Tell me about athletic or fitness programs for children

To see our latest listing of programs and activities visit our website or call (559) 713-4365

Tell me about recreation programs for children

To see our latest listing of programs and activities visit our website or call (559) 713-4365

What are the hours of the water feature at Riverway Sports Park?

Hours:  11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  weather permitting

What Parks are available for rental?

Reservable picnic areas in Visalia parks include:  Blain, Houk, Plaza, Riverbend, Alejandro Ruiz Jr., Riverway Sports Park and Whitendale Park.

What Seniors Recreation Programs exist

Contact the Visalia Senior Center at (559) 713-4381

What time do the tennis court lights at Plaza Park go on and off?

Lights operate 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

What trees are protected in the City?

Only Valley Oak trees (Quercus lobata) with a trunk diameter of two (2) inches or greater are protected.  A permit is required to trim or remove a Valley Oak on private property.  Call the Urban Forestry Division at (559) 713-4384 for information or to apply for a permit.

Where can I swim?

The Parks and Recreation Department offers public swim June through August each year at Redwood High School.  Call (559) 713-4365 for hours of operation and admission cost.

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