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Dedicated to the memory of the former mayor of Martinez and city councillor, Cappy Ricks Park is 1.2 acres and is surrounded by Craftsmen-style bungalows near downtown Martinez. Existing improvements to the park include a toilet, a full basketball court, two tennis courts and a practice wall with new sports court lighting, a small play area with a climbing structure, a small picnic area and a monument. The monument plaque tells the story of the Christian Brothers Winery and how, from 1879 to 1932, 70 acres of land – including this park land – was owned by the Christian Brothers Religious Teaching Order. The monument is currently located directly adjacent to the utility pole in the park.

Improvements to the park include a redesign of the playground, tennis courts and picnic areas for ADA accessibility. The dated toilet is replaced by a unit that will also include a service room for the electrical service panel and the irrigation controller. Existing court lighting will be replaced by state-of-the-art units to minimize light pollution and the tennis practice wall will be rebuilt. The Christian Brothers Monument will be moved away from the utility pole near a new paved access to the park; a trellis structure supporting California native grape vines will serve as a backdrop. New electrical ducts, wiring, pull boxes and 385' of the brake and gutter were included in our improvement plans. The stakeholders included neighbors who shared a common fence with the park.

Park Use:

Park in the Fall

The latest Contra Costa County Health Order continues to allow the use of playgrounds, tennis courts and skate parks, but also maintains the following restrictions for parks and recreation facilities:

  • Not allowed: use of recreation areas with high-touch equipment or areas for gathering outside your residence. These include picnic and barbecue areas, dog parks and outdoor gym facilities.

  • Allowed: sports or activities that use shared facilities with members of your own household or living unit. Passive recreation activities – such as walking, jogging, biking and relaxing – are encouraged as long as you stay at least 6 feet away from each other and do not gather in groups.

The City will monitor future orders of the Health Officer for modifications that would gradually make it possible to re-open the park and recreation facilities and facilities as safely as possible and provide updates as these conditions change.

Martinez, California is blessed with so many wonderful parks you don’t want to miss:

  • Foothills Park

  • Golden Hills Park

  • Hidden Lakes Park

  • Hidden Valley Park

  • Highland Avenue Park

  • Holiday Highlands Park

  • John Muir Park

  • Waterfront Park   


All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location located at 111 Arthur Road in Martinez, CA 94553! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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