The 40-acre Preisker Park was built on the city’s former landfill. It is the largest park in the city and has lots of green grass for playing pick-up sports or picnicking, more than 100 tree species, a perimeter road popular with morning walkers, and several group picnic areas.
It boasts two playgrounds, a replica of a ship, an 18-hole disc golf course, horseshoe pits, and a gazebo where weddings and summer concerts in the park are held. The city and the Santa Maria Kiwanis for Kids Foundation are planning a 6,000 square-foot accessible playground for children and young adults with disabilities.
The park was named after Charles “Leo” Preisker, a graduate of Santa Maria High School who became a lawyer and was elected to the State Assembly in 1910. He was appointed to the county Board of Supervisors in 1915, where he served for nearly 30 years.
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