Parks, trails and open space
With some 50 parks of all types and sizes, the City of Napa presents plentiful choices for those looking for outdoor enjoyment. City parks run the gamut from the simple turf spaces found in most every neighborhood, to the stately and historic Fuller Park, the wide-open and undeveloped space of Alston Park, and the multiple uses possible in Kennedy Park along the Napa River.
A number of park additions and improvements are in the works. In north Napa, the Trancas Crossing Park is in design, and improvements are being planned for the heavily used Kennedy Park, too. In the downtown area, multiple park and green space projects are moving ahead. The largest of these is the Oxbow Preserve, a 13 acre passive use-native plant preserve that will be created on the peninsula formed by the Napa River Oxbow. The Preserve will be adjacent to the Oxbow Commons-Bypass Channel, a feature of the Flood Project that will also provide apark-like setting. Near the Oxbow Commons, design is underway for three "pocket parks" that will provide essential urban open space near the river.
Walking and bicycling trails are currently located at Alston Park, where a 2 mile loop is popular, and at Kennedy Park where portions of the Napa River Trail are complete. While our walking and bicycle trail options remain limited today, the future is bright as the Napa River Flood Project promises to complete the continuous six-mile Napa River Trail from Kennedy Park on the south to Trancas Street on the north. This trail will connect with the Commuter Bike Path, a 2.5 mile route running parallel to the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks, providing an off-street bike and pedestrian connection to the west side of Highway 29.