Veterans Park

veterans park

5211 Arroyo Road
32 acres
Opened 1967
Rentable

Notice (3/8/11): Water pumps at Veterans Park are being repaired, so there will be no water at the drinking fountains until further notice. Several parking spaces may be blocked as well.

This open space park contains a group picnic area, barbecue pits, picnic tables, restrooms, horse trails, hiking/bicycle trails and the picnic area is rentable.

blueflowersLARPD purchased the land from the federal government for $33,000 ($1,000 per acre). It had been bought in 1923 as part of the Veterans Administration Hospital holding and, before that, was a Cresta Blanca vineyard since the 1880s. The purchase included several buildings: two houses, a duplex, a garage complex, a barn and the cave/winery area. LARPD bought a duplex located between the park's current two bridges for $5 and moved it to the Upper Veterans Park area to house the district's landscape architect. Eventually the state bought that duplex for $35,000 and moved it near where the Del Valle Dam was built.