Headquarters of the Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District
One mile north of downtown Mt. Shasta, the City Park is home to the Recreation & Parks District Headquarters as well as the famous Headwaters of the Upper Sacramento River. Park facilities include scenic picnic areas, a playground, and public buildings. Many of the buildings onsite are available for rental and to host events throughout the year.
Before Mt. Shasta City Park was developed, the land provided hunting grounds for the Wintun, Okwanuchu, and Maidu Native American tribes until 1841 when the land was first discovered by outside explorers. In 1901, "Big Springs" was fixed with a water wheel that provided Mt. Shasta City with its first source of energy. It supplied a small amount of electricity used for street lights. From 1920-1943 the park property was used by California State University, Chico, as the summer campus for the Teacher's College. The park buildings still in use today originated from this time. In 1947, California State University, Chico, deeded the park property to Mt. Shasta City and in 2005 the city gave the property to the Mt. Shasta Recreation and Parks District. Today the City Park facilities are used for a variety of community events and programs.
Stop by on your way up & down I-5 (northbound take the Central Mt. Shasta Exit , drive up Lake St., take N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. to Nixon Rd.) or (southbound take Exit 740 – watch for the first right hand turn at the bottom of the hill onto Nixon Road….the park entrance is just over the tracks) ……… get out & stretch your legs…….enjoy a nice break from your travels!