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Woodward Regional Park, Fresno

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Woodward Park is a public park located in Fresno, California, abutting the San Joaquin River. It is the largest of the three major public parks in the Fresno area. Ralph Woodward donated the majority of the land for the park in 1968. The CIF Cross Country State Championships are hosted here every November.
In addition to the Cross Country State Championships, Woodward Park also plays host to the Woodward Shakespeare Festival - for Shakespeare in the Park. The performances take place on the WSF Stage near the Friant/Fort Washington Entrance, and showcase a number of familiar titles. The company has held over 311 performances in the park and is currently in their 11th season.
The park features the Shinzen Friendship Garden, also known as the Shinzen Japanese Garden, a 5-acre Japanese stroll garden opened in 1981 and designed by Paul Saito. The garden includes a teahouse that was built in Japan and re-assembled by Japanese carpenters on the shore of the pond. The garden was constructed to honor Kochi, Japan, which is Fresno’s sister city.
In 2015, the garden received over 100 bonsai specimens from the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Collection of the former Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California.
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  • Love returning for the peace of the place, been there many times over the years, MISSING Shakespeare in the park!!!!!! I love woodward!  more »
  • We moved here from the East Coast, so topping my last running park which feature the statue of liberty and new York skylines is difficult, I also lived in Chicago and still believe lakeshore drive is....  more »
  • This is my absolute favorite library in Fresno county! It's always clean, in a good area, lots of free parking spaces, and the employees are super helpful, patient, caring, and seem to really love their jobs! The library also has many events going on, is colorfully decorated, and feels homey. There's an entire section for kids that's well lit with natural lighting and there's little computers and desks for them to work on. Adorable!!! I could go on and on about this place, but I highly recommend you check it out yourself.
  • Located in North Fresno, on Perrin ave. Woodward Park Regional Library is very big, clean, and has an arsenal of information and equipment for public use. Open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm Friday&Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 12:00pm-5pm. There is a very spacious patio as well as a kids section. Plenty of computers and fax/copy machines. Free WiFi is also offered. This location also offers plenty of free classes such as guitar lessons, tai-chi, yoga and mediation as well as story time for children. This library is more of a learning and education institution rather than your average library. Why spend $50,000 on an education that u can get for free??

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