Maidu Regional Park
Located on 1550 Maidu Dr, Roseville, CA 95661, the Maidu Regional Park is a 152-acre park that has a historic site and a small museum. The Park grounds also hold the Maidu Community Center, Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, and the Maidu Branch Library. This has historically been a popular venue in Roseville both for the locals and the visitor. This is because there is much to see and learn about the Maidu people and local history. Several important artifacts coming from the native Maidu tribe can be found here.
Maidu Park has two personalities or faces: The western 2/3 of the park is better known and more developed hosting the Roseville City Library, a Community Center, soccer fields, baseball field complex, basketball courts, skateboarding area, and the roller blade hockey rink. The eastern 1/3 side of the park is lesser known. This is home to the Maidu Interpretation Center and the Maidu Native American Reservation.
The Maidu History
The Maidu people are the Native Americans of northern California. Similar to lots of other California tribes, they were hunters and gatherers who didn’t engage in farming. They maintained their customary gathering grounds, with the primary tool being fire for that purpose. According to Marie Potts, a Maidu Elder, they also tended the local groves of oak trees as a way of maximizing production of acorns as it was their principal dietary staple.
The Maidu Regional Park story started in 1967 when the city of Roseville bought 40 acres of property previously held by the Bureau of Land Management for a local community park. It fell under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department of Roseville. The site’s master plan was adopted by the City Council of Roseville in 1970. In 1977, the project officially became “Maidu Regional Park”.
Construction of Phase 1 of the Park started in 1987 and involved approximately 40 acres. It included grading, landscaping, water & electrical installation, parking areas and land compaction for the Maidu Community Center. Phase 2 culminated in the infrastructural developments in place today
Lots of Sports and Fun Activities
Other facilities to be enjoyed at the Maidu Regional Park include 4-diamond lit softball complex, four station batting cage, 5-field lit soccer complex, Skate Park, regulation size covered soccer arena, full basketball court, children’s playing grounds, pedestrian and bike path, and numerous picnic areas. The pedestrian and bike path runs through the parks wooded area where multiple Maidu artifacts have been found.
Dogs are welcome at Maidu Regional Park but they must be leashed. You will see lots of happy dogs around the park and there is no reason to leave your furry friend behind. The whole park is clean and well maintained against the backdrop of beautiful homes with well-groomed yards. Yes, this is not only a great Regional Park with lots of fun and learning activities but also with open green spaces for walking.