Although Fort Bragg is surrounded by nature — ocean and the 48,000-acre Jackson State Forest — the city has created great parks inside the city limits for visitors of all ages.
Located at the east end of Laurel Street, just a mile or so from Downtown Fort Bragg, Otis Johnson Wilderness Park is a rare find among city parks. This seven-acre park offers shady walking trails and a close-up experience with nature. The Park is in the midst of a comprehensive aquatic restoration and revegetation program funded through California River Parkways, CalTrans, and the local Salmon Restoration Association. It’s worth a visit. [Download the trail map for the park.]
The newest is the Fort Bragg Skateboard Park, officially opened in November 2010, at the C.V. Starr Community Center, 300 South Lincoln Street.
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Pomo Bluffs Park, which opened in 2006, encompasses 25 acres of land on the southern bluffs above Noyo Bay. (From Highway 1, take Ocean View Drive to Cliff Way.) The park offers spectacular blufftop views with outlook points and benches, coastal pedestrian and bike trails, as well as interpretive exhibits.
The Wiggly Giggly Playground at Harold O. Bainbridge Park is located on Laurel Street between North Harrison and North Whipple Streets, across from the Fort Bragg Library. The park offers a childrens’ playground, tennis courts, a basketball court, and shady picnic areas.
The future: the City has been fortunate to receive funding from a variety of entities for acquisition, planning, and development of 92 acres of Coastal Trail and Parkland which soon will be open to the public along the bluffs of the Georgia Pacific property.