Sacramento residents now can explore a new community park in North Natomas. The first phase of construction at Airfield Park (2491 Natomas Crossing Drive) in District 1 wrapped up last week with 4.4 developed acres available for public use.
“Having parks available citywide is critical because they are the heart of community building,” said Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, who represents the district. “Our green spaces are a gift and a great place to get out and stay active.”
Residents can find a compass-rose central plaza surrounded by a children’s aeronautical themed playgrounds with an airplane and 60-foot track ride. Also available is a large group picnic area with seating for 60 that includes shade structures, a grill, table tennis, corn hole and more.
The park was originally master planned in 2006 and put on hold during the 2008 housing market collapse. The City of Sacramento secured $1.7 million in funding for phase one of construction in 2020.
Future improvements include the development an additional five acres of parkland, additional shade canopies, a multi-purpose sports court, turf volleyball courts and horseshoe courts. Phase two construction is funded with $1.5 million in Park Impact fees and is expected to be completed by summer 2022.
The City of Sacramento maintains more than 220 parks and most residents live within a half mile of one of them.