Coolest parks and walking trails in Pleasanton- I’ve got that and more!

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on January 24, 2021

Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.

In this blog, I’m going to discuss some of the coolest walking trails and community parks Pleasanton has to offer. The City of Pleasanton has approximately 44 parks, 24 miles of trails, and over 600 acres of undeveloped open space.

The parks are broken down into two different types. Community parks, they’re intended for community-wide use, and they feature a variety of amenities. These parks range in size from a third of an acre and go all the way up to 104 acres.

Neighborhood parks, they’re intended to serve the immediate neighborhood that surrounds the park. In this article, I’m just going to review the community parks and walking trails. In future blogs, I’ll feature all the neighborhood parks in Pleasanton. Now, please stick around to the end because I’m going to share with you some bonus information that you may not be aware of when it comes to this neat town. So, I’ve got a lot of stuff to cover. Let’s get started.

Number One: Pleasanton Tennis and Community Park

Pleasanton Tennis & Community Park
Pleasanton Tennis and Community Park

It’s located at 5801 Valley Avenue. The park has 12 lit tennis courts, one shared pickleball (what is a pickleball court) and ball machine court, a

Pleasanton Tennis Community Park

children’s play area, two basketball courts, one volleyball sand court, restroom facilities, a large grass area, and a concrete walking path that surrounds the area.

Number Two: Bernal Community Park

Bernal Community Park
Patelco Sports Park

It’s located at 7001 Pleasanton Avenue. It’s the home of Patelco Sports Park and Field. This facility was opened up in 2016. It’s comprised of 54 acres. The project cost was over 16 million.

Patelco all weather sport fields

It has three lighted multipurpose all-weather sports fields for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, and youth football. There are basketball courts and lighted baseball fields.

Bernal walking trails

There are small grass areas, a children’s play area, a picnic area, restrooms, and walking trails on asphalt and decomposed granite walkways complete with benches to rest and boardwalks that lead you through grand meadows and oak woodland areas.

Number 3: Ken Mercer Sports Park

Ken Mercer Sports Park
Ken Mercer Sports Park

The park is located at 5800 Parkside Drive. This is Pleasanton’s largest community park. It’s approximately 105 acres. It contains a large variety of outdoor sports areas to include 12 soccer fields, 15 little league baseball or girls’ softball areas, four youth hardball areas, four adult baseball or softball areas, two football fields, one basketball court, one volleyball sandlot. Most soccer fields overlap with some little league and hardball areas.

Ken Mercer Sports Park

There are also three playgrounds, two batting cages, a concrete skate park, barbecue area. There are open grass fields with no field markings. One area is as large as an adult soccer field. The park also has three concession stands and a concrete walking path, over two miles long, which circles the park.

Number 4: Amador Valley Community Park

Amador Valley Community Park
Home of Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center

It’s located at 4301 Black Avenue. This is the home of the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center. It has a community Olympic size outdoor lap pool.

Amador Valley Community Park

It has a water park. They have restrooms in the pool area. They offer swim lessons and they host swim meets. There’s a children’s play area, a large grass area, and a walking concrete path.

Number 5: Val Vista Community Park

Val Vista Community Park
Val Vista Community Park – Skate Park

The park is located at 7350 Johnson Drive. They have an outdoor skate hockey rink, concrete skateboard park. The field is large enough for soccer practice or to be divided for multiple uses.

Val Vista Community Park

Playgrounds with multiple slides, when permitted, water play area, tables for barbecue, and family picnics are ample and clean. The park has a community garden, walking trails that wrap around the park.

Number 6: Muirwood Community Park

Muirwood Community Park

The park is located at 4701 Muirwood Drive.

Muirwood Community Park

The park includes basketball courts, tennis courts, dog exercise area, large barbecue pits with plenty of benches, children’s play structure, swings, a baseball backstop, bathrooms located across the park,

Muirwood Community Park

a concrete walking path that surrounds the park, and a huge open grass field surrounded by trees, offering lots of shade.

Number 7: Creekside Community Park

The park is located at 5601 West Las Positas Boulevard. The park includes a large children’s play area,

Creekside Community Park
Creekside Community Park

basketball court, sandlot volleyball court, a paved pathway that surrounds the area, large grass area, restrooms, picnic tables, paved areas to walk on,

Creekside Community Park- Iron Horse Trail entrance

baseball backstop. The Iron Horse Trail actually goes through this area.

Number 8: Alviso Adobe Community Park

Alviso Adobe Community Park

The park is located at 3465 Old Foothill Road. The City of Pleasanton restored this 1859 Adobe facility, making it a one-of-a-kind learning area for all visitors.

Alviso Adobe Community Park

The fully restored interpretive park reveals the history of the Amador Valley, offering a rare glimpse of times past from its Native American beginnings to the days of Spanish Ranchos managing herds of cattle.

Alviso Adobe Community Park

This is an interactive learning facility offering all types of activities to what life was like in the 1800s. They also have short hikes and nature walks hosted by docents. It’s located off Old Foothill Road, easy to get to, has lots of parking.

Number 9: Cubby’s Dog Park and Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail

Cubby’s Dog Park & Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail

It’s located at 3200 West Lagoon Road. Cubby’s Dog Park occupies 1.5 acres on the Bernal property adjacent to the staging area of Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail. The fenced dog park includes a play area for all dogs.

Cubby’s Dog Park & Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail

There are drinking fountains, shaded areas, and agility structures.

The Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail is approximately 1.4 miles long. It runs along the East side of the Arroyo de la Laguna between Bernal Avenue and the Northern limits of Castlewood Country Club.

Cubby’s Dog Park & Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail

The trail features stunning views of the Ohlone Wilderness to the South, Mount Diablo to the North, and Pleasanton Ridge to the West. Benches are strategically placed along the trail at view sites.

Number 10: Callippe Hiking and Equestrian Trails

Callippe Hiking and Equestrian Trail

It’s located in Callippee Golf Course at 8500 Clubhouse Drive. They have approximately 3.5 miles of beautiful hiking and riding trails. The unpaved trail is well-maintained and is fairly flat. However, they do have elevations in certain areas.

Callippe Hiking and Equestrian Trail

Bicycles are not permitted on the trail. Dogs must be unleashed. The trail passes under large heritage oak trees traveling over vast graze lands and along with the Callippe Golf Course. Many forms of wildlife may be seen from the trail, including deer, squirrels, raccoons, foxes, and other furry friends. Bird watchers will love the views and sites, as many species of birds, including hawks, vultures, and turkeys, are very active in the area.

Callippe Hiking and Equestrian Trail

The trail offers beautiful views from the surrounding hills, Pleasanton Ridge and Mount Diablo, and the golf course below. The trailhead is located behind the golf course parking lot and behind the 18th green.

Number 11: Pleasanton’s BMX Park

BMX Bike Park
BMX Bike Park

The BMX park is located at 3320 Stanley Boulevard. This park is 3.65 acres. It offers a large riding area, bike repair and work table, viewing area, restrooms, and picnic tables.

BMX Bike Park

The park serves all riding levels with a track for beginners and young children, a mountain bike area, and challenging jumps and bank turns for more experienced riders.

Number 12: Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational park

Shadow Cliffs

It’s located at 2500 Stanley Boulevard. Shadow Cliffs came about in 1971 as a donation from Kaiser Industries.

Shadow Cliffs

It was originally a gravel quarry. The park is approximately 266 acres to include an 80-acre lake. The lake offers fishing, swimming, and boating. There are also plenty of picnic and barbecue areas.

Shadow Cliffs

Shadow Cliffs Vineyard Gate. This is located off Park Access Road.

Shadow Cliffs Vineyard gate entrance

This is the backside or back area of Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area. There are numerous trails and walking paths alongside a smaller lake.

Number 13: Augustin Bernal Community Park

Augustin Bernal Park

It’s located at 8200 Golden Eagle Way. To gain access, you need to go to Golden Eagle Gate. Park is available to all residents of Pleasanton.

Augustin Bernal Park

Augustin Bernal Community Park has plenty of parking up at the top of the staging area. The park is over 237 acres located on Pleasanton Ridge. Spectacular views can be found from the high points along the ridge top, looking over Sunol (peak), Mission Peak, and Ohlone Wilderness Area.

Augustin Bernal Park

Looking to the West, visitors can see sweeping vistas of Kilkare Canyon and the East side of Sunol Ridge. From the Valley View Trails, views are framed through branches of oak and buckeye to the Livermore Amador Valley with Mount Diablo serving as a backdrop.

Number 14: Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Pleasanton Ridge

It’s located off Foothill Road. From I-680 and Pleasanton…. ‘ exit Castlewood Drive and go West. Off the freeway, turn left facing South onto Foothill Road towards the town of Sunol’.

Pleasanton Ridge

The Foothill staging area is about two miles from Castlewood Drive on the right. This beautiful parkland is over 9,000 acres. It’s located on an oak-covered ridge overlooking Pleasanton and the Livermore Valley from the West. The park occupies Pleasanton Ridge and beyond. To the Northwest, it spills down off Pleasanton Ridge into upper Kilkare Canyon, where it continues up onto Sunol Ridge, finally terminating at its Western-most corner and Stony Brook Canyon.

Pleasanton Ridge

Inside the park, elevation exceeds 1600 feet. From the main staging area, on Foothill Road, you can follow a multipurpose trail system, which accommodates hikers and equestrians and bicyclists. The trail provides views of canyons and ridge-top vistas and access to remote and deep canyon stream.

Thanks so much for sticking around to the end. So, here’s my bonus tip. In the middle of October, Pleasanton hosts their annual spooky ghost walk.

Pleasanton Ghost Walk

Yes, you heard me correct.

Pleasanton Ghost Walk

The ghost walk is a two-hour guided walking tour of Main Street’s most haunted sites along Main Street in the downtown area. They say you never know what spirits you might encounter along the way. This is a family-friendly event that’s been held for over the last 13 years.

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I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren

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Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!

Warren Oberholser

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Warren Oberholser

eXp Realty

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(925) 980-4603

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