Cambria's Dog Park draws a steady stream of locals and visitors to the area. Located at the end of Rodeo Grounds Road in Cambria, dogs of all sizes have an opportunity to play with other dogs and get plenty of exercise and fresh air. The property is owned by the Cambria Community Services District but maintained by a private citizens group. Water is available and there is a shady area for owners to socialize while keeping an eye on their playful canines.
East Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
In May 2003, a Conceptual Park Plan based on community input workshops in 2002 was approved by the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission (PROS). It was submitted to the CCSD Board of Directors at its November 20, 2003 Board meeting. The proposed plan indicated the development of 17.5 acres of The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve/East.
In 2001, the County of San Luis Obispo contributed $500,000 towards the purchase of the East Ranch for development as an active recreation community park. The project is included in the San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation Element. It was also adopted by the CCSD Board in 1994 as part of the PROS Master Plan.
Cambria has a major deficit in parkland and recreational opportunities, particularly for its growing youth population. Local school facilities are maximized for athletic activities and there has been a sharp increase in soccer, baseball and other sports requiring additional playing fields. The County-owned Shamel Park is far too small to support a population of more than 6,000.
Historical Center Pocket Park
In December 2008, the CCSD-owned pocket park in the East Village Historical Center of Cambria formally opened for public use. A drought-resistant demonstration garden and gazebo are part of the future park planning.
In December 2008, the CCSD-owned pocket park in the Historical Center was opened for public use. The property is next to the post office in the East Village and is part of the major renovation and restoration effort that has been underway for more than a decade in the Historical Center Area. This property was the site of a dilapidated CCSD Administrative office that was demolished in 2003 with funding from State Parks.
In 2008, the CCSD repaired the drainage pipes and the County repaved the sidewalk, making it ADA accessible.
A drought-resistant demonstration garden and gazebo are planned for the future. If you would like to contribute to the garden effort or other amenities for the park, please contact the CCSD administration office.