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Southside Park

2115 6th Street

Southside play area

Universal Universe

The theme of Southside Park's, "Universal Universe," playground is "the solar system." Unique play features as well as colorful and textured pathways are included in the design to create a sensory enriched accessible playground. Play elements include adventure play equipment with access ramps and handrails, tot lot play equipment with access ramps and handrails, a merry-go-around, swings, spring riders, group rocking units, self propelled spin play units, independent climbing apparatuses, and play units with sound features. Other brightly colored play features (with protective rubber surfacing) are in shapes of different planets; they, the decorative central seating area (with seat walls), and the concrete paving with colored sun pattern all add to the solar system theme.

Note: There is no alcohol or amplified sound allowed in this park.

This 19.5 acre park includes the following amenities:

  • Amphitheater
  • Aerated Park Pond* 
  • Close to .75 acre Southside Community Garden (1 block away)
  • Lake with Fishing Piers
  • Two Lighted Tennis Courts, each with Pickleball Striping
  • Lighted Basketball Court with Sacramento Kings colors and logo
  • Par Course with Four Fitness Stations
  • Picnic Areas:
  • GA1 - 3 Tables, no barbeque
  • GA2 - 14 Tables, 1 barbeque
  • GA3 - 4 Tables, 1 barbeque
  • GA4 - 11 Tables, 2 barbeques
  • GA5 - Gazebo area with 2 tables, no barbeque
  • New Restroom (2022)
  • "Universal Universe" Play Area - Accessible (16,800 Square Feet) - near pool and close to restroom:
    • New playground Rubber Resurfacing (2022)
    • Adventure Play Area for school age children (5-12 years old)
    • Play Area for infants under the age of 2
    • Tot Lot for pre-school age children (2-5 years old)
    • Other accessible playground amenities:
      • Art sculpture
      • Raised planters
      • Therapeutic gardens with various textured and scented plants
      • Picnic tables
      • Benches
      • Trash receptacles
      • Drinking fountain
      • Bike racks
      • Flowering shrubs
      • Ground covers
      • Musical Equipment
      • We Go Round
  • Southside Clubhouse
  • Swimming and Wading Pool
  • Three-foot high Decorative Wall and Ornamental Metal Fence that secures the west portion of the accessible playground by eliminating direct access from the playground to the adjacent street.
  • Three-quarter Mile Jogging Trail
  • Walkway (10-foot wide): wheelchair and pedestrian accessible--with 2 entries--surrounding the entire accessible playground area

*Southside Park Pond improvements included full water circulation by floating circulators, micro aeration with air compressors and diffusers to release air bubbles through water column, aerobic bacteria inoculation and electrical upgrades.

MapQuest Link


See Picnic page for park permitting documents and information
See Sports Fields page for Field permitting documents and information

Amenity Guide (PDF)

Southside Park

Park Master Plan (PDF)

Southside Park Master Plan Image and Link


Southside Park Pond Lake Aerators
Pond Aerators 1

Pond Aerators 2

Pond Aerators 3

Southside Playgound
Tot Lot