Southside is one of the many “park” neighborhoods peppered throughout Sacramento, specifically the midtown and downtown areas. Southside is located just south of downtown, bordered by 12th, 3rd, and R Streets, as well as the Capital City Freeway.
Like most of the surrounding residential areas, Southside is a mix of homes and business, boasting craftsman, bungalows, turn-of-the-century Victorians and period-inspired new homes. Galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and watering holes add a bit of urban atmosphere to the bustling borough. Residents near and far take advantage of Doughbot Donuts, Insight Coffee Roasters, Beers Books, and the Crest and New Helvetia Theatres- Sacramento gems found right in Southside.
The actual park in this borough is the eponymous 19.9-acre Southside Park, an oasis of lush grass with an abundance of trees. The park is home to swimming and wading pools, jogging trails, fitness stations, clubhouse, a lake with fishing piers, and a colorful amphitheater. A distinct airstream spaceship sculpture near the playground makes the park easily recognizable. A number of events are held here, including the weekly Sunday farmers market
The Southside Community Garden is located just a block away. It was the first community garden owned and managed by the City of Sacramento and is jointly managed by the city and the people who garden there. There’s also a kids’ garden area.