Regional Parks

A regional park serves a large area of several communities, residents within a city or county, or across multiple counties. Depending on activities within a regional park, users may travel as many as 60 miles for a visit. Regional parks include recreational opportunities such as soccer, softball, golf, boating, camping, conservation‐wildlife viewing and fishing. Although regional parks usually have a combination of passive areas and active facilities, they are likely to be predominantly natural resource‐based parks.

Regional Park Focus
A common size for a regional park is 100 to 1,000 acres but some parks can be 2,000 to 5,000 acres in size. A regional park focuses on activities and natural features not included in most types of parks and often based on a specific scenic or recreational opportunity. Facilities could include those found in a Community Park and have specialized amenities such as an art center, amphitheater, boating facility, golf course, or natural area with interpretive trails. Regional parks can and should promote tourism and economic development. Regional parks can enhance the economic vitality and identity of the entire region.

Related Resources
  • Cosumnes Community Services District Master Plan Appendices
Park Details
  • Size of park: 100 to 1,000 acres
  • Service radius: 3 miles or greater
  • Site Selection: Prefer location which can preserve natural resources on‐site such as wetlands, streams, and other geographic features or sites with significant cultural or historic features. Significantly large parcel of land. Access from public roads capable of handling anticipated traffic.
  • Length of stay: All-day experience
  • Amenities: 10 to 12 amenities to create a signature facility (e.g. golf course, tennis complex, sports complex, lake, regional playground, 3+ picnic shelters for reservation, camping, outdoor recreation/extreme sports, recreation center, pool, gardens, trails, zoo, and specialty facilities); public restrooms, concessions, restaurant, ample parking, special event site. Sport Fields and Sport Complexes are typical at this park. See details in Sport Complex classification and Appendix A - Sport Field Amenities (PDF) for more information
  • Revenue facilities: More than 2; park designed to produce revenue to offset operational costs
  • Land usage: Up to 50% active/50% passive
  • Programming: More than 4 recreation experiences per age segment with at least 4 core programs provided
  • Parking: Sufficient for all amenities. Traffic calming devices encouraged within and next to park
  • Lighting: Amenity lighting includes sport field light standards.
  • Signage: Directional signage and facility/amenity regulations to enhance user experience. May include kiosks in easily identified areas of the facility