Park Amenities

Stylized picture of park main entrance. 

87 Acres of Activities for all Ages

 Now that the weather is warm and the park is springing to live and activity, please don't forget to donate to the park.  In this busy season, we need it more than ever. We rely on your generosity to make up the difference between the funds received from the $13 fee received from parcels in our special district and the funds needed to maintain the park. Your gift to the park is fully tax deductible. We need money to fix potholes, provide clean bathrooms and fix up amenities in the park. 

The park provides safe and affordable recreation for families, children and young adults. No fee is collected at the gate. The park is a venue for family picnics, concerts, festivals, sports events and tournaments. The park not only improves our community, it helps to draw people and business to Penn Valley and Nevada County. It reduces crime and raises land values. Support your Park. Support your community.  Donate Now.

Western Gateway Park is the crown jewel of Penn Valley that has loyal fans of all ages. All 87 acres are open to the public and are filled with fun for individuals, families and groups. With facilities including a stage pavilion, picnic pavilions, large lawn areas, rustic amphitheater, and Buttermaker’s cottage; the park hosts many festivals, concerts and functions each year. These amenities also make the park an excellent venue for weddings, parties and fund raisers. For families it has playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecue pits, a swimming creek and more. For additional recreation, the park has 6 bocce balls courts, a highly rated disc golf course, 4 baseball fields, basketball court, horse shoe pits, tennis/picklleball courts, hand ball, walking paths and trails. It even has an off-leash dog park for Fido.

Use the links to the left to view our amenities and take the  Virtual Tour of Western Gateway Park.

Park Events

Click on Events & Calendar  for a full listing, event details and links to event web pages.

Stop by to see recent improvements.

Pickle ball. New Lines have been added to the three tennis courts for Pickleball play (east gate).

Bocce. 12 benches and a drinking fountain added at the Bocce courts (by main parking lot).

Covered Picnic Areas. Wheelchair accessible drinking fountains added at covered picnic areas 1 & 2, and at the main restrooms (main gate).

Dog Park. Fresh water; wheelchair accessible drinking fountain, hose bibs in each section, and sprinklers added (west gate).

Disc Golf Course. New graphic markers, enhancements to the course and 2 new drinking fountains added (main gate on the left).

Ball Fields. Stadium lights at the Little League field allow for night games (main gate, over the creek).


Bocce Ball Courts

The bocce courts off the main circle remain popular in all seasons.  Six benches have been added to each end of the courts by Boy Scout Troop #4.  And a new water bubbler was put in by the Nevada County Italian Festival Committee.   Bring your Bocce Ball set and come check out the courts.  

More Bocce Ball details.

Bocce tournament using new courts.


Main playgrounds

The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.   When not reserved, all park facilities and amenities are free to the public and can be used on a first-come, first-served basis.   There is a fee and deposit required to reserve amenities such as the picnic pavilions and large stage pavilion.  See the list to the left. Groups may wish to reserve large sections of the park to accommodate vendors and parking.

The 3,500 sqft Stage Pavilion, used for concerts and other events in the park.

Pavilion Stage

Check out the full Calendar for more information on events at the park.

Barn Owl released at park to keep the gopher population in check. You may spot owl boxes around the park.