All About The Community Parks

in Lodi, California

Lodi is a town located in San Joaquin County, California, in the northern portion of the Central Valley of California. The population was 62,134 in the 2010 census. The total population as of 1 July 2018 was 66,995.

Lodi is best known for winemaking, although its vintages have historically been less popular than those of the Sonoma and Napa counties. Nevertheless, in recent years, the Lodi Appellation has become widely known for its Zinfandel and other diverse wine styles, as well as its emphasis on sustainability under the Lodi Rules Programme. The national award came from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Lodi" and continued with the "2015 Wine Area of the Year" award given to Lodi by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Once a group of local families agreed to set up a school in 1859, they settled on a site between today's Cherokee Lane and Turner Street. In 1869, the Central Pacific Railway was in the process of building a new route, and the early pioneers Ezekiel Lawrence, Reuben Wardrobe, A.C. Ayers and John Magley proposed a town of 160 acres (0.65 km2) to the railroad as an opportunity to create a station there.


The railroad obtained a "railroad reservation" of 12 acres (49,000 m2) in the center of town, and surveyors started to lay out streets in the area between Washington and Church and Locust and Walnut. Settlers flocked from neighboring Woodbridge, Liberty City, and Galt, including city leaders John M. Burt and Dan Crist. 

Originally named Mokelumne and Mokelumne Station after the nearby river, confusion with other neighboring towns led to a change of name, officially approved by the bill of assembly in Sacramento. Several stories have been given about the roots of the change in the name of the city. One refers to a locally stable trotting horse that had set a four-mile (6 km) record, but as the horse achieved its height of fame in 1869, it is doubtful that its reputation will still have been apparent in 1873. Instead, Lodi is a town in northern Italy where Napoleon defeated the Austrians in 1796 and achieved his first military victory. More than likely, some of the early settler families came from Lodi, Illinois, and wanted to use the same name as their birthplace.

The locals are the proud guardians of Lodi's treasured park system, which includes 367 acres of parkland, 28 parks including: playgrounds, picnic shelters, athletic fields and courtyards, community centres, performing arts centre, lake with river access, nature preserves, dog parks, swimming beach and swimming pools, skate park, boat launch, cricket pitch, and more. Through fun activities for all ages available throughout the year, there are countless opportunities to learn new things, develop skills, or make new friends. If you're playing tennis or pickle ball, paddle on the lake and the shore, biking, running or enjoying a picnic in the park, we hope you'll take the time to stay healthy, get outside and get in touch with family, friends and nature in your favorite neighborhood park!


This amazing park boasts the following parks in Lodi, California:

  • Legion Park

  • Lodi Lake Nature Trail

  •  Emerson Park

  • Micke Grove Park

  • Peterson Park

  • Japanese Garden in Micke Grove Park

  • Vinewood Park

  • Roget Park

  • Oak Grove Regional Park


All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our Stockton location, 2613 Waterloo Road in neighboring Stockton! Stop by anytime!

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