The oldest park in California
Alum Rock Park was founded in 1872 and is the oldest municipal park in the state of California. In the early 1900s, this park was a famous health spa with several mineral springs, a swimming pool and restaurant. However, overcrowding mandated that the park be restored to its natural heritage and many of the man-made structures were pulled down.
Rugged terrain and natural beauty
Today, the park has about 13 miles of trails, a children’s playground, lawns and several designated picnic spots. The Youth Science Center is an educational place for children with its own natural museum which includes mounted birds as well as a few live rescued birds including owls and hawks. The Penitencia Creek gurgles through the park most months of the year and boasts quaint stone bridges, some over a century old.
The Alum Rock Park is a superb place where nature is the star of the show and that makes the visit all the more worthwhile.