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With our location on San Pablo Bay, near San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Vallejo is blessed with an abundance of recreational opportunities.

Boating, fishing and other water activities are widely popular, with the Vallejo Municipal Marina and Glen Cove Marina catering to those who enjoy spending a day on the bay. The Bay Area Ridge Trail, more than 330 miles, winds through Vallejo and is great for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy a game of golf. Vallejo, itself, hosts five golf courses and several nearby country clubs, which total more than 100 holes. Local favorites include the Mare Island Golf Club, Joe Mortara Course at Solano County Fairgrounds, two courses (East and West) at Blue Rock Springs Golf Club and Hiddenbrooke Golf Club on our northern boundary.

One of the area’s most highly utilized recreational providers is the Greater Vallejo Recreation District. GVRD currently oversees 34 parks throughout the community, including a BMX/skate park, a dog park and Children’s Wonderland Park. Four community centers, an aquatic center and a tennis and bocce ball complex are also part of the district’s catalog of facilities.

In November 2011, the GVRD celebrated the grand opening of its new “Sports Park” inside Dan Foley Park. This brand new, $3.2 million addition to the park includes a lighted artificial soccer and softball field, new restroom/concession building, renovated picnic areas, pathways and a repaved park entrance. This facility can be used seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.


Also in 2011, GVRD established an exciting partnership with the highly regarded University of California Berkeley – Lawrence Hall of Science. This effort brings additional educational and recreational opportunities to the Vallejo community and became a reality when the Lawrence Hall of Science received a grant from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, enabling them to bring their satellite concept “Inventor’s Lab” to Vallejo. The purpose of the project is to inspire and prepare young people in Vallejo to take part in projects involving science and mathematics. Some of the most popular programs from the Lawrence Hall of Science have been brought to the Norman C. King Community Center to serve local families, schools and teachers. The “Inventor’s Lab” provides hands-on exhibits, brainstorming ideas and the opportunity for participants to build prototypes and test their designs’ concept at the lab.

In addition, GVRD organizes and manages a wide variety of events and programs for residents of all ages. Among the year-round offerings are aquatics, health and wellness classes, sports leagues, summer camps and the R.E.A.C.H. program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. You can find out more about GVRD parks, facilities and programming online at www.gvrd.org, via phone by calling 707-648-4600 or drop in to visit, at 395 Amador Street.

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