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, 6am to 10pm and November through March, 6am to 7pm. Daily Park entry is $5 per vehicle or $3 per vehicle in which a senior citizen (age 65 or older) is a passenger or a driver. 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 $72.
Wedding Reservations at Woodward Park
Weddings may be held free of charge in the Redwood Glen Area, south of the Japanese garden parking lot. Bookings are for four hour time blocks and can only be made online at www.parcsonline.fresno.gov.
Weddings are also held within the beautiful Shinzen Japanese Garden. Please contact 559.840.1264 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 559.227.8940 to schedule your photo shoot.