History: In December, 1974, John Bower offered to donate to the County ten acres of his 50-acre subdivision in the middle of the Pacific Woods subdivision. In November, 1975, the Board of Supervisors approved the subdivision, with the understanding that the 10-acre parcel was to be developed as a park. Park development began in January, 1976.
Interestingly, the 50-acre subdivision was originally to have been developed privately as a golf course. To that end, wells were drilled, land was cleared for fairways, and a holding pond for irrigation was created. However, the golf course was never completed. The holding pond is now Bower Park's duck pond.
Bower Park is a popular semi-urban community park with a variety of recreation facilities, including a multi-purpose community services room, which is used regularly for yoga classes, aerobics, and other recreation programs. The park is situated on gently sloping ground on a ridge northeast of Gualala. The area is covered with pine and other evergreen conifer trees, including a small grove of redwoods. The duck pond is the park's central feature. The outdoor theater has been used for weddings, as well as for amateur theater productions. The baseball field is used and maintained by the south coast Little League. New children's and tot's playground equipment was installed through a grant from the State Parks Department in 2005.
Park Location: Bower Park is located at 38040 Old Stage Road, Gualala, California, northeast of the coastal community of Gualala (just north of the Mendocino-Sonoma county line). The park is situated on gently sloping ground covered by pine and other evergreen trees, including a small grove of redwoods. The park's central feature is a duck pond, which was originally intended to be a holding pond for a golf course! Click here for a map and driving directions.
If you’re looking for a place to play, there are tennis courts, a baseball field (maintained by the South Coast Little League), a basketball court, and two separate playgrounds for the kids. More adventurous visitors may take a hike along the nature trail/fitness course.
Park Facilities/Attractions: Public restrooms; tennis courts; group picnic area; basketball court; ball field; gazebo; play area; community services room; nature trail and fitness course; outdoor theater, paved parking lots.
Reservations: Reservations for the community services room, outdoor theater, or picnic area may be made by calling the on-site caretaker at (707) 884-1136. Rates are as follows:
- Community Services Room: $20.00 per day
- Outdoor Theater: $20.00 per use
- Picnic Area:
Party of less than 50 people: $20.00 per day
Party of more than 50 people: $30.00 per day