Woodland Park is a 9-acre park located in Moreno Valley, California with a bunch of amenities. They include 2 massive playgrounds, 4 tennis courts, a baseball field, 4 basketball courts, 12 pickleball courts, picnic shelters, and much more. Follow along as we talk about all of these amazing features!
The video above from Miguel Salazar shows the basketball courts and the playgrounds in the background. Give it a watch!
Woodland Park does not have any parking lots. There is street parking in three different locations: Rio Hondo Drive, Chantry Drive, and White Wood Circle. Cactus Avenue, on the other hand, does not have any street parking because of a bike lane.
We’ll start off by talking about the tennis courts. There are two pairs of courts, both on the northern side of the park next to Cactus Avenue. Luckily, there is some shade from nearby trees plus one bench per tennis court; there are also lights so that you can play after the sun goes down. Be careful to not hit the tennis balls out of the fence. Hitting cars is not very fun.
Each of these tennis courts is suitable for playing pickleball. It’s a popular place to do so, and there are even some tournaments that everyone can join! There are many resources online where you can learn to play the sport.
The four basketball courts are all half-circles. Each one has the necessary painted lines like out-of-bounds, three-point, and free-throw. Depending on the time of day, there could be complete shade over the courts. Each court has lights so you can play until Woodland Park closes at 10 PM. Adrienne Mitchell Memorial Park has some basketball courts, while Don Derr Park has a full court underneath the trees!
Next up is the baseball and softball field. Located at the southwestern corner of the park, the outfield fence is 300 feet away from home base at the farthest point. It also has an LED scoreboard and stadium lights like the four ballfields at Sunnymead Park.
Each dugout has a couple of benches, but no shade covers; one dugout may have some shade from nearby trees. This may be the only park in Moreno Valley that does not have shade covers over the dugouts - Sunnymead Park does, though. For parents and other spectators, there are concrete steps to sit on. I recommend bringing your own chair (and sunscreen) because it is much more comfortable.
There are two picnic shelters in Woodland Park. One is in between the basketball and tennis courts. It has two tables, a grill, a trash can, and a recycling bin underneath a pergola (that provides a decent amount of shade) and trees. The other is a couple hundred feet south of the playground and bathrooms. It has three picnic tables, two barbecues, a garbage can, and a recycling bin. There is less shade on this one because no trees will give any shade.
These are Picnic Shelter #45 and #46. Picnic Shelter #45 is the larger one and costs $86.60 a day if you want to rent it. The smaller one costs $43.30 per day. Just wait until you hear how much the dozens of tables cost at Celebration Park.
There are areas with enough green space to play games like football, soccer, capture the flag, and cornhole. One of these spots is next to the two playgrounds.
Woodland Park has over 5,000 feet of walking paths within its borders, passing by a bunch of picnic tables where you can grill your lunches or dinners. Your entire walk or run could be inside of this park. Not only will you pass a lot of trees and greenery, but there will be a lot of birds and squirrels! It’s a great spot when you’re living in dense suburbs. All of the sidewalks will have lights for those early morning or late evening strolls.
The restrooms are next to the playground. They are almost always kept clean, so make sure to keep them that way. I believe that there are water fountains here. If you want to be safe, bring a water bottle - especially in the summer heat.
Monday, Friday, and Saturday are the busiest days at Woodland Park. Wednesday and Thursday are the best days to go. As for specific times, 6 PM is the most active time every day of the week. Before 4 PM and after 8 PM are the least crowded hours every day. The park will, obviously, be less crowded when children are still in school.
Erika Kane’s review says, “I grew up playing at this park. Best park in the area. A lot of lawn space and trees to picnic under. The playground keeps my kids entertained for a decent amount of time and my kids always make friends here. The sidewalks are great for bike riding, scooters, hoverboards, etc. Basketball, tennis courts, and also a baseball field. There is no parking lot but there is always street parking available.”
Woodland Park Playground
Last but not least is the playground, which can be found on the western side of the park. There are benches and tables next to each playground so you can watch your kids use up their childhood energy. The surface of the playgrounds is wood chips - wear good shoes to prevent splinters or cuts! And wear sunscreen, too.
The larger Woodland Park Playground has 2 20-foot-tall tube slides, a tower, a tall regular slide, a rock climbing wall, ladders, monkey bars, games, and stairs. This playground was designed for ages 6-12, but that’s just a recommendation. Westbluff Park also has some very tall slides.
The smaller playground has a rock climbing wall, slides, a ladder, stairs, and more. This playground, on the other hand, was designed for ages 2-5.
There are also two classic swings for all ages and two bucket swings for younger kids.
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Woodland Park Address: 25705 Cactus Ave, Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Hours: 6 AM - 10 PM on weekdays, 6 AM - Midnight on weekends
Coordinates: 33.909344, -117.213505
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