Sierra Park is a popular afternoon place to be

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Warmer weather and longer days give families the opportunity to take advantage of the many outdoor amenities in Canyon Lake. One of the most popular locations for families to kick up their heels and let children work off energy is Sierra Park.

The POA has been upgrading equipment in most of the parks r, and children are taking full advantage of the new playground structures.

Sierra Park, located at 29475 Vacation Dr., is one of the larger parks in the community. In addition to the new playground with climbing structures, slides, merry-go-round and swings, the park offers Frisbee golf, several barbecues and picnic tables, beach volleyball, a restroom building, paved parking, boat dock, sand beach with roped-off swimming area and lots of shady trees and grass.

Children, as children often do, gravitate to each other and play together – a great way to make new friends. For parents, it’s an opportunity to meet as well.

For those without children, parks are a peaceful place to relax and unwind.The lapping of the water, the sounds of nature – away from traffic, vacuums, and television – offer a special something to both body and mind.

Whether it’s yoga, gymnastics, throwing a football, fishing, reading or watching the kids play, Sierra Park – or any Canyon Lake park – is a great place to be!

Here are some of the snapshots by Donna Kupke:

Adam Steed, at left, asks to come to the park every day, says his mom. Here he joins Zella and Rylee Warnock, who are already playing with new friend Hunter Simison. Photos by Donna Kupke.

Adam Steed, at left, asks to come to the park every day, says his mom. Here he joins Zella and Rylee Warnock, who are already playing with new friend Hunter Simison. Photos by Donna Kupke.

Rylee says her favorite thing is to practice her gymnastics.

Rylee says her favorite thing is to practice her gymnastics.

cott and Noelle Simison say they come to practice their Acro Yoga,bringing son Hunter along to play.

cott and Noelle Simison say they come to practice their Acro Yoga,bringing son Hunter along to play.

Says Noelle, “It’s great! We can do our yoga, and Hunter will play in the sand the whole time.”

Says Noelle, “It’s great! We can do our yoga, and Hunter will play in the sand the whole time.”

The Schnetz family, with Charlotte and twins Claire and Jarod, comes to the park about every other day. Says dad Jarod, “It’s a fun way to wind down from the day!”

The Schnetz family, with Charlotte and twins Claire and Jarod, comes to the park about every other day. Says dad Jarod, “It’s a fun way to wind down from the day!”

Alex Frescas says “During the winter I come every week. Now I come more often since it’s getting to be summer."

Alex Frescas says “During the winter I come every week. Now I come more often since it’s getting to be summer.”

Dan Iman says he brings son Jaden and daughter Dalani to the park every day, “We come play, then go home and eat dinner!” On this day, the three were having a great time playing catch football.

Dan Iman says he brings son Jaden and daughter Dalani to the park every day, “We come play, then go home and eat dinner!” On this day, the three were having a great time playing catch football.

Dan Iman says he brings son Jaden and daughter Dalani to the park every day, “We come play, then go home and eat dinner!” On this day, the three were having a great time playing catch football.

Dan Iman says he brings son Jaden and daughter Dalani to the park every day, “We come play, then go home and eat dinner!” On this day, the three were having a great time playing catch football.

But, with most having some sort of lake shoreline, Canyon Lake’s parks are also popular with community anglers. Regardless of the time of day (or night) it’s not uncommon to see someone fishing from shore or, since most have one, a boat dock.

Other parks within the community (in alphabetical order) are:

Diamond Point Park is located at 22751 Blue Teal Dr. It offers barbecues, a dock, fishing, playground, picnic area and a portable restroom.

Eastport Park is a popular location at 24331 Canyon Lake Dr. N. It offers basketball courts, dock and launch ramp, lighted parking, picnic areas, restroom building, and showers. Eastport Park is pet friendly (on a leash) and has a pet drinking fountain.

Emerald Park is located at 22760 Gray Fox Dr. It offers a picnic area and a playground. Emerald Park is pet friendly (on a leash) and has a pet drinking fountain.

Evans Park is located at 23590 Canyon Lake Dr. N. It is a grassy park with a jogging trail. Evans Park has no lake access.

Harrelson Park is located at 30270 Longhorn Dr. It offers a dock, fishing, picnic areas, a portable restroom and lots of shade. Harrelson Park is pet friendly (on a leash) .

Holiday Harbor is a very popular location at 22180 Village Way Dr. It is a large park and offers several barbecues and gazebo-covered picnic tables, a dock and wide launch ramp, fishing, lots of grass, a horseshoe court, lighted parking for both cars and vehicles with boat trailers, playground equipment, restroom building, a roped-off swimming area, lots of shade trees, a shower, volleyball courts. The tables located at the top of the park (under the arbor) and the kitchen are reservable for private events. Call the Activities Department at 951-244-6841, ext. 610 for more information. Holiday Harbor is the location of many Canyon Lake events including the Easter Carnival and the Kids Fishing Derby.

Indian Beach Park is another popular location at 23380 Continental Dr. It offers both a sandy beach and grass area, playground equipment, restroom building and a roped-off swimming area.

Lions Park is located at 30250 Yellow Feather Dr. It offers barbecues, a dock, fishing and a portable restroom. Lions Park is pet friendly (on a leash).

Lucky Cove Park is located at 24075 Canyon Lake Dr. N. It offers fishing.

Moonstone Beach is located at 22332 Whirlway Crt. It offers barbecues, a dock, picnic areas, a portable restrooms, and a playground.

Outrigger Park is located at 23950 Outrigger Dr. It offers playground equipment and a pedestrian walk.

Roadrunner Park is also a popular location at 22850 Gray Fox Dr. It offers a dock, fishing, horseshoe courts, barbecues, picnic areas, a portable restroom and a volleyball c ourt. The covered picnic area with tables and barbecues are reservable for private events. Call the Activities Department at 951-244-6841, ext. 610 for more information.

Rob Caveney Park is located at 30440 Early Round Dr. It offers picnic areas and a playground.

Sierra Park is located at 29475 Vacation Dr. It offers barbecues, Frisbee golf, a dock, fishing, both a beach and large grass area with lots of shade, picnic areas, a restroom building, a roped-off swimming area and a volleyball court.

Steelhead Park is located at 30050 Steel Head Dr. It offers picnic areas and playground equipment.

Sunset Beach is yet another popular location at 22200 Canyon Club Dr. It offers plenty of lighted parking including lots of golf cart spaces, a pedestrian walk, shaded playground equipment, a roped-off swimming area and beach volleyball courts. There are a few trees on the beach as well. Right next to Sunset Beach is the Lodge and Pool. Tennis courts are located on the opposite side. There is also a grass area located above the beach. Sunset Beach is the location of the popular Taco Tuesdays as well as several other Canyon Lake events.

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