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Park of the Month: Rincon Ridge Park

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 | Posted by

The play structure at Rincon Ridge has a slide, several climbing points and four swings inside its sand pit. The toddler’s play structure is beyond the tree to the right.

Amit Grewal, Sandeep Tiwari and Adesh Bassi live in Rincon Ridge and use the neighborhood park as a safe place to play basketball until it gets dark.

“It’s definitely our favorite thing about the park,” Sandeep said.

Serving residents of this Fountaingrove neighborhood, Rincon Ridge is relatively sleepy most of the day. Peak traffic is 2-7 p.m., when students use it to blow off steam after school.

Rincon Ridge Park, 3950 Park Garden Drive

Size: 7 acres, 4 landscaped, (3 wooded acres that are fenced)

Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. through October, then 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Amenities: A single half-sized basketball court, two picnic tables but no grilling area, separate play areas for toddlers and older children with climbing structure, swings, slides and sand.

Back story: Rincon Ridge was developed as part of the Fountaingrove neighborhood development. It sits near the top of Fountaingrove Parkway, offering panoramic views that stretch from Windsor to Sebastopol and include downtown Santa Rosa.

Ambience: Because it is surrounded by a housing development, Rincon Ridge is a relatively quiet park. Neighbors hold their birthday parties there and walk their dogs through the large grass field at its center. The field is large enough to host activities such as football and ultimate Frisbee.

The large grass field in the center hosts the army of local residents who walk their dogs in late afternoon. Cyclists and walkers who come to Fountaingrove for the challenging hills often catch their breath in the park.

Rules: Dogs must be on a leash. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited.

Volunteer: Join a one-day clean-up of Rincon Ridge Park from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 10 as part of the city’s Park a Month Volunteer program. Hand tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own. Typical jobs include raking, sweeping, spreading mulch, weeding, litter pick up and general cleaning while park employees trim the grass and make equipment repairs. More information: 543-3770.

 

Amit Grewal, Sandeep Tiwari and Adesh Bassi make the most of summer, playing basketball until it gets too dark.

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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