Sports & Recreation

Howarth Park boasts an impressive variety of outdoor recreation options to keep you active and entertained in the great outdoors! From tennis to softball, to trails, playgrounds and plenty of open space - there's never a dull day here!

Tennis Courts

Six tennis courts are available and open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Coin-operated lights allow for play into the evening hours. Three quarters are required to activate the timer for the first 1/2 hour of lights; each additional quarter will provide an additional 10 minutes of lights. The buzzer will sound 4 minutes before lights go out. Please report vandalism or light problems by calling 707-543-3770.


The lighted softball field is available for recreational use and league play. Call the Sports Desk for permit use and schedules at 707-543-4317. For field condition information, call 707-543-3474.

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Howarth Park (PDF) has an endless supply of hiking, jogging, and biking trails waiting to be explored. Many of the trails connect to County operated Spring Lake Park and Annadel State Park creating miles and miles of running, riding, and hiking adventures!
Check out the following park map to plan your trail route:

Trail Rules

  • Dogs on leashes are allowed on the trails (6 foot maximum leash length); owners must clean up after their pets
  • Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails in Howarth Park
  • Mountain Bikes are allowed on the trails, but pedestrians have the right of way
  • Please report any suspicious or inappropriate activity to the Police immediately

Playground Areas

There are 3 separate and equally awesome play areas in Howarth Park!

The Land of Imagination

This play area highlights various time periods in Santa Rosa History - from a Native American village, to a covered wagon ... this area tells a story and provides plenty of fun for everyone! The Land of Imagination playground was a collaboration of the City of Santa Rosa, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Sonoma County Foundation, and the Santa Rosa Community. The goal of The Land of Imagination is to be a destination play area accessible to people of all abilities. Synthetic resilient surfacing in user areas and around play equipment provides maximum access. Multiple sensory cues are located throughout the play area to provide a rich and varied play experience. A variety of levels of physical challenge are incorporated in order to accommodate all abilities.

The Water Feature

As part of our water conservation efforts, the water feature has been shut down. We are currently working with a local playground designer to replace this play feature.

The Climbing Wall

This play area allows guests to practice rock climbing, enjoy the swings, or bring toy cars to drive on the finger car tracks!

Lower Lawn

Come enjoy a picnic, play a game of Frisbee or throw the ball around on our huge open grassy space area in the park located adjacent to The Land of Imagination. Organizations of 25 or more people must notify the Recreation and Parks Department ahead of time about their planned use of the park. Please call 707-543-3282. In order to preserve the lawn for everyone's enjoyments, the following things are not allowed without a permit:
  • Inflatable Jump Structures
  • Tables and chairs or canopies and tents
  • Driving stakes over 6 inches in length into the ground