Parks Program Manager
Newcastle currently has nearly 40 acres of developed parks distributed throughout much of the city limits for residents and visitors to enjoy. Most of the parks offer some level of active and passive recreational elements.
Lake Boren Park serves as the primary attraction in the City’s growing park system offering an array of recreational components including; playground, basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, and restrooms. Residents and visitors have described Lake Boren Park as their favorite park based on all it has to offer; from being naturally peaceful and tranquil at the north end with vistas into the lake to playful, active, and creative towards the main entrance at the south. These attributes provide for a spectacular venue for a wide variety of community events held at Lake Boren each year.
The City of Newcastle also offers a network of trails that provide links between city destination points as well as to regional trail systems like the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Lake Boren Park serves as a nexus to a variety of trails that exist in Newcastle. Approximately seven miles of official trails traverse the City right now with an additional 12 miles of proposed trails to be constructed as part of the City’s Non Motorized Plan.
For a more detailed description of the trails, a guide can be accessed at http://newcastletrails.org/downloads/trailsguide.doc which is provided by “Newcastle Trails”. “Newcastle Trails” is an independently organized non-profit group that works with the City focusing on the preservation, expansion, and maintenance of trails within the City of Newcastle.
The newest official trail nearly completed is the Terrace Trail which descends from the Terrace subdivision to the Highlands of Newcastle subdivision approximately 0.3 miles in length, providing a link between the Highlands Trail and the proposed East Cross Town Trail.