Parks and Recreation

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Within just 11 square miles, Arcadia has 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 featuring a nature center and hiking trails.

This is in addition to another of the county’s jewels, the Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 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.

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 & science camps
Arts, crafts & music classes
Teen programs
Aquatics program

Adult Activities

Family nature hikes
Writing & art classes
Exercise & dance classes
Cooking & jewelry classes
Athletics programs

Senior Activities

Daily Lunch Program
Exciting excursions
Health & education seminars
Strength & mobility classes
Information & referral services

In addition to all these fantastic programs and services, the Recreation & Community Services proudly hosts free, community-wide special events, including:

Easter Egg Hunts
Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Snow Festival
Haunted Halloween Happenings
Community Bike Ride
Concerts in the Park
Youth Summer Carnival

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