Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services
Woodward Park - 7775 Friant Road, Fresno CA 93720
Woodward Park Map
The late Ralph Woodward, a long-time Fresno resident, bequeathed the major portion of his estate in 1968 to provide a regional park and bird sanctuary in Northeast Fresno on the South bank of the San Joaquin River between Highway 41 and Friant Road. The initial 235 acres, combined with additional acres acquired later by the City brings the park to an amazing 300 acres. Now packed with amenities, Woodward Park is the only Regional Park of its size in the Central Valley.
Park Hours and Entrance Fees: The park is open April through October, 7am to 10pm and November through March, 7am to 7pm. Daily park entry fees are $5 per vehicle or $3 per vehicle in which a senior citizen (age 65 or older) is a passenger or driver. Due to higher demand, entry fees on holidays will be $7 per vehicle.
**Holiday rate applies to the following holidays: Easter, Cinco de Mayo (closest weekend), Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.**
Park entrance fee shall be waived for motor vehicles displaying a valid disabled person placard.
Features: The Southeast corner of the park harbors numerous bird species offering bird enthusiasts an excellent opportunity for viewing. The park has a multi-use amphitheatre that seats up to 2,500 people (to reserve, call (559) 621-2900), authentic Japanese Garden, fenced dog park, exercise par course, three children's playgrounds, a lake, 3 small ponds, 7 picnic areas (with barbecues, electricity and water fountains) and five miles of multipurpose trails that are part of the San Joaquin River Parkway’s Lewis S. Eaton Trail. When complete, the Lewis S. Eaton trail system will cover 22 miles between Highway 99 and Friant Dam. The park also has many uncovered picnic tables that are available on a first come, first-served basis!
There are six large shelters throughout the park, each with 7 tables seating 25-30 people per table accommodating a maximum of 210 people for the entire shelter. These tables may be reserved for the entire day (7am to 10pm) for $30 each.
Additionally, a seventh shelter, the Gazebo, has 6 tables accommodating a maximum 60 people for the entire shelter. The Gazebo may be reserved for the entire day at $90.
Wedding Reservations at Woodward Park
Reservations are available for weddings and/or photos in the Redwood Glen Area, south of the Japanese Garden parking lot. This is a small open grass area bordered by redwoods. A permit is required for use. This area may be reserved for 6 hours per day, per customer and costs $50 for a permit. Times available for use are 7am-1pm, or 1pm to 7pm. Reservations can be made online at: PARCS Online or by calling 621-2900.
Weddings are also held within the beautiful Shinzen Japanese Garden. Please contact 559.840.1264 Ext. 2 for reservations or more information.
Photographers may take photos in the Shinzen Japanese Gardens for weddings, or other events such as graduations, family pictures, Quincineras, etc. Please call 559.840.1264 Ext. 2 to schedule your photo shoot.