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#10 Swanston Park

2350 Northrop Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825.

This neighborhood park is 10 acres. Swanston Park is open to the community from sunrise to sunset. When visiting the park, all dogs must be on a leash. For picnic rentals, visit


  • Basketball Courts
  • Community Center
  • Playgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Splash Park
  • Tennis Courts

Swanston Splash Park

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 The Swanston Splash Park is our most exciting attraction at Swanston Park. The multiple water features and exciting Splash Pad area make for hours upon hours of fun in the sun. The Splash Park is FREE to the public and is open per the schedule below.

2023 Season

The Swanston Splash Park will open this summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day from 10am-7pm daily. 

If you have any questions about the Splash Park, please don’t hesitate to call (916) 333-6464.Also, follow us and the rest of the Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District on Facebook for Splash Park and program updates!

*The Swanston Splash Park is not available for rent. You and your guests are welcome to enjoy the Splash Park when you rent a picnic area at Swanston Park; however, we are unable to allow exclusive use. The Splash Park is a public amenity that operates on a programmed schedule that is posted in the park, as well as online.

History of Swanston Park

On June 23, 1979, Swanston Park was dedicated in memory of Charles Swanston, a man whose name was synonymous with cattle raising and ranching in the Sacramento area dating back to 1870. Mr. Swanston settled in Ohio upon his arrival to the United States from Ireland in the late 1850’s and traveled to Sacramento in 1870 where he started a cattle ranch and packing plant. In 1910, he owned land encompassing approximately 3,500 acres, including most of the area between El Camino Avenue on the north to the American River on the south, to Howe Avenue on the east and the railroad tracks to the west just beyond what later became Interstate 80. Under Mr. Swanston’s son, George, and George’s son, Robert, C. Swanston & Sons, whose trademark of the single “S” was the fourth oldest trademark in California, purchased an additional 1,000 acres in Sacramento and from Yolo Counties where they continued raising livestock for many years.


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