Parks and Recreation

The City of Arcadia boasts nearly 20 parks, including one of the larger parks in all of Los Angeles County right in the heart of the city, and the city-owned Wilderness Park features a nature center and hiking trails.

One of the county’s jewels, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, is filled with an unparalleled array of plant life in bloom year-round, including a rain forest, and a treasure trove of historical buildings and artifacts, all of which have been featured in many movies and TV shows. Newly restored Baldwin Lake continues to improve the overall environment and ecosystems.

Creating community through a broad spectrum of recreation activities, programs and direct services is a passion for the City of Arcadia’s Recreation and Community Services Department. The department is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by providing positive recreation opportunities, encouraging involvement and developing cultural harmony. The staff is committed to fostering community partnerships and responding to the community’s needs. Whether you enjoy any of the scenic parks, athletic fields or the Arcadia Community Center, you can rest assured there are plenty of leisure and enrichment activities for all ages. Here is just a short list of the numerous programs, events and services offered by the City of Arcadia:

Youth activities
  • After-school activities
  • Summer, athletic and science camps
  • Arts, crafts and music classes
  • Teen programs
Adult activities
  • Family nature hikes 
  • Art classes
  • Exercise and dance classes
  • Cooking and jewelry classes
  • Athletics programs
Senior activities
  • Daily lunch program
  • Exciting excursions
  • Health and education seminars
  • Strength and mobility classes
  • Information and referral services

In addition to all these fantastic programs and services, the recreation and community services department proudly hosts free, community-wide special events, including:

  • Easter egg hunts
  • Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Snow Festival
  • Family Fall Festival
  • Community Bike Ride
  • Concerts in the Park
  • Movies in the Park
  • Summer Carnival

Stop by the recreation department or visit to take a glance at these exciting opportunities provided right here in our community.