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Mission Hills Park, Pleasanton CA

Mission Hills Park

Mission Hills Park is a great place to take your dog for a walk, go for a run, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. The park has many different areas to explore, and there's always something going on. Whether you're looking for a place to get some exercise or just want to enjoy the outdoors, Mission Hills Park is definitely worth checking out.



In the late 19th century, a young man named George Turner Marsh arrived in San Diego from Boston. He was seeking his fortune and found it during the land boom of 1886-1888 when he purchased a tract of land on a mesa west of Mission Valley that became known as Mission Hills. He built an elegant hotel there but it burned down shortly after completion in 1904. His wife's family owned several lots at what is now Inez Road and Constitution Way so they donated them to the city for parks which eventually included Chollas Lake Park, Marguerite Parkway, Coleman Park, Fairmount Park (now Balboa Park), Lafayette School Grounds and others. To honor their contributions these sites were renamed "Marguerite" (now Upas Street), "Inez" (now Interstate 15), "Constitution" (now Goldfinch) and "Lafayette" (now Washington Place).


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In 1913, more land was donated to the park by E.W. Scripps and his wife Ellen Browning Scripps including what is now known as Grape Street Dog Park. In 1916, a reservoir was built on top of the mesa for Mission Hills residents and in 1924 an outdoor amphitheater was constructed which is still in use today. The original entrance to the park was off Sunset Drive but it soon became too congested so in 1937 a new entrance was created on Virginia Way. A playground, wading pool and bandstand were added in the 1940s.


In 1951, the park was leased to the city for 99 years and it became a public park. The San Diego Zoo began leasing land there in 1957 for their new aviary which is still open today. In 1963, Mission Hills Park was designated as a historic site by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board.


Today, Mission Hills Park is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for its beautiful views, shady trees, picnic areas and playgrounds. It's also home to several popular annual events such as La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros (a rodeo), Old Town Art Fair and Symphony by the Sea.


Fun Activities To Do At Mission Hills Park

Mission Hills Park is a great place to spend a free afternoon. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, from playgrounds for the kids to basketball and tennis courts for adults. If you're looking for something fun to do, here are some ideas that will get you started. 

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Running
  • Picnicking
  • Playing on the playgrounds
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Fishing in the pond
  • Watching wildlife

Make sure to visit this park when you're in the area!


50-Foot Slide Reopens At Pleasanton's Mission Hills Park

The 50-foot Mission Hills Park slide has been renovated and reopened to the public, according to the City of Pleasanton.

Due to the difficulty of repairing and maintaining the 30-year-old slide, the city began construction in September 2019. The slide is now five feet wide and can hold two children at once. The drop on the slide is approximately 20 feet.

To its right now stands a "scramble wall," which resembles a low-stakes, horizontal rock climbing wall.

From 6 a.m., visit the slide at Mission Hills Park (600 Junipero St.) until 9 p.m. daily


It's summer, and that means it's time to get outside! We all know the importance of getting exercise outdoors in fresh air. Mission Hills Park is a great place to go for family outings or with friends because there are so many fun activities you can do like playing on the swings, flying kites, fishing in one of their ponds, hiking around the name it! If you want more information about what we offer at Mission Hills Park contact us today.

Pleasanton, California is blessed with some of the area's most amazing parks you shouldn't miss. Here's a list of some of our favorites:

  • Mission Hills Park
  • Bernal Community Park
  • Muirwood Community Park
  • Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
  • Val Vista Park
  • Moller Park
  • Creekside Park
  • Alviso Adobe Community Park  
  • Amador Valley Park

All of these wonderful schools are located just a short distance from our amazing location at 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100 in Pleasanton! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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