Throughout its 30 years of cityhood, the City of West Sacramento has embodied a passion for progress. Guided by the strategic vision of its past and current leaders, the City has pursued an aggressive agenda to implement dynamic change and continued to grow into a vibrant community with a wide range of housing types and densities, commercial and industrial areas, and parks and open space. The waterfront is home to the Sacramento Rivercats Triple-A Baseball Team and Raley Field, the CalSTRS headquarters building, Riverwalk Park and The Barn venue as well as new riverfront housing. The Central Business District continues to evolve into the civic and cultural center of West Sacramento, serving as the City's "downtown" and home to a variety of special events. Historic City neighborhoods continue to experience redevelopment and revitalization and Southport villages continue to develop. West Sacramento is the first city in the region to enlist in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities and through a variety of efforts coordinates with agricultural interests to maximize access to locally-grown, fresh produce and provide recreation, education and tourism opportunities
The City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 38 parks, open space areas and public plazas, in addition to a 21,000 square foot Community Center and 38,000 square foot Recreation Center. The Community Center is a multi-story building completed in 2011, and includes a historical gallery, art exhibition space, 125-seat black box theatre, senior lounge, community room rentals and a variety of active aging and leisure programming. The Recreation Center opened in January 2009, and is a product of a Joint Use Partnership between the City and Washington Unified School District. The facility is open seven days a week and offers affordable fitness amenities and activities in the community including a gymnasium, cardio/ strength room, group exercise rooms, class/party rooms, locker rooms, child care and 32-foot tall climbing wall. Outside, the Recreation Center offers a state-of-the-art family aquatic facility that includes a 30 meter competition pool, two 127 foot slides and a leisure/activity pool, as well as eight tennis courts. Our mission is to create fun, safe, engaging and sustainable parks and programming that enhance the quality of life for individuals, neighborhoods and communities.
Through the use of these facilities and over 45 full-time employees and an abundance of temporary/seasonal staff, volunteers and numerous community partnerships, the Department administers year-round recreation programs for a variety of age and interest groups, including senior programs and services, adult and youth athletic programs, fitness and athletic instruction, classes, camps, aquatics programs, and numerous special events.