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The city has done a wonderful job creating parks that enrich the neighborhoods that host them.  With an eye to both the entertainment of the very young and the activities of our many sports-enthusiast, these parks have provided diversity ranging from an outdoor skating pit to horseshoe pits to swings and slides to softball diamonds. 

Almost all of them provide picnic tables, barbecue grills and restroom facilities.  

Arroyo Verde Park  -  This is an excellent park for large gatherings and active children, complete with acres of open grassy fields, hiking trails, picnic tables, and grills, group picnic areas and a children's play area.  
Barranca Vista Park  - This 9-acre park offers a children's play area, picnic/barbecue facilitates, restrooms, horseshoe pits, an indoor recreation center and outdoor basketball court.
Blanche Reynolds Park  - This 3-acre neighborhood park includes a Little League baseball field and two large children's play areas.  There are basketball courts and lots of open grassy areas for running and an impromptu game of soccer.
Camino Real Park -  This is one enormous park dedicated to sports.  The 38-acre sports complex includes excellent tennis courts, numerous ball fields, basketball and volleyball courts,  and children play areas.  There is also a snackbar/concession building and restroom facilities.
Cemetery Memorial Park  -  This peaceful park is grassy fields and shady trees and perfect for visiting with a picnic lunch and a good book.
Chumash Park - This neighborhood park provides picnic and barbecue facilities, a children's play and adventure area, basketball court and restrooms. There is a large grassy field that is perfect for an impromptu game of Frisbee or soccer.
Eastwood Park -  This small park features a Mission-era water filtration building and nice landscaping.  It is hidden behind the Albinger Architectural Museum and you have to walk up a flight of stairs to get there, but it is very charming and well worth the trek.
Fritz Huntsinger Youth Sports Complex - This is a great park to come to when your child is in baseball or soccer.  There are picnic tables and grills for those between game cookouts.  The park offers two youth softball/baseball fields, a regulation baseball field, two soccer fields, restrooms and a concession building.
Grant Park - The view from the top of this park is incredible.  The cross was once used by passing ships to locate the city and is now a popular destination for tourists and the romantic at heart.  The park also features the city's public firing range, picnic areas, and amazing terrain.
Juanamaria Park - Tennis and basketball courts, a children's play area and a wide open grassy area make this an excellent place for a family picnic.
Junipero Serra Park - This neighborhood park offers picnic and grilling facilities and a children's play area.
Harry A. Lyon Park - This 11-acre park was made with the sports enthusiast in mind.  It provides tennis and basketball courts, regulation softball/baseball field, two youth baseball fields, a 10 acre grassy area with restrooms and barbeque areas.
Marina Park - This amazing community park boasts beach access, terrific views of the marina, picnic tables and grills, and a fun children's play area complete with a cement ship.  While it may not get far out to sea, it does provide a fabulous theatre for active imaginations!
Marion Cannon Park - This quaint neighborhood park offers a children's play area, a basketball court and a wide open grassy area.  There are also picnic tables, grills and a restroom.
Mission Park  - Right across from the Mission, this park has a nice combination of grassy area, public facilities, and a double fountain.
Ocean Avenue Park -  This small neighborhood park offers picnic and barbeque facilities, a children's play area and basketball courts.
Plaza Park - Right across from the Post Office, this park hosts one of the largest Moreton Bay fig trees in California. This magnificent tree is joined by a children's play area, a gazebo, and picnic facilities.   
Seaside Wilderness Park - On the beachfront at the mouth of the Ventura River, 24 acres of undeveloped land offer those willing to make the hike sand dunes, a marsh area, and two marked walking trails. Access is made through the beach or Emma Wood State Beach.
Westpark Community Center - This 7-acre park offers a great deal just about anybody to do - a lighted softball/soccer field, two handball courts, a children's play area, horseshoe pits, restrooms and a recreational center that offers a gymnasium with showers, restrooms, game and crafts rooms, a kitchen and community meeting rooms.