Ross Park is located at 12th and M Streets. This park is a full city block featuring a playground, open field, basketball court, seating, and picnic areas.
General Facility Rental Guidelines
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the desired date of use. Liability insurance may be required. Insurance packets are available upon request.
- Check availability or request a facility online
- Reservations must be made at least two (2) weeks in advance of requested date of use
- Reservations will be accepted up to one (1) year in advance
- Rentals require a security deposit, rental fees, rental contract and if applicable liability insurance and staff fees
- Liability insurance is required for some rentals. Insurance packets are available upon request.
For more information, to make a reservation or request an insurance packet, please contact the Community Services Department.
Areas available for Rent:
Fees effective 7/1/22 - 6/30/23
|Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm |
|Monday - Friday after 4pm, |
Saturday, Sunday & holidays all day
|Security Deposit (refundable)||$50||$50|
|Staff Fee (if applicable)||$35||$45|
The actual beginning of Ross Playground started in March, 1945 when the City Council announced they would sold the old Layfayette School Building, but keep the land for recreational purposes.
A playground, Layfayette, was put on this site after the department started their first activities in 1946. The playground was the result of the department making a house-to-house survey asking the people of the neighborhood if they desired a playground.
In 1947, the Kiwanis Club of Eureka took over the sponsorship of the park as one of their community projects. On November 11, 1947, the playground was dedicated Ross Memorial in honor of Edward J. Ross, a former Eureka Kiwanian who had been killed in action during World War II.
The playground from this point started to go downhill, no equipment was added, and it had a shack for a fieldhouse. When this was brought to the attention of the Kiwanis Club, they became concerned and agreed to give their financial and physical support to the project. The Kiwanis Club bought new playground equipment and assisted greatly in the renovation of this area. The playground was re-opened under supervision in July of 1958.
Ross Park has received some much needed love. California State Parks funded rehabilitation of the playground safety surfacing, 2 new spinners have been installed, and the Kiwanis Club of the North Coast donated 2 picnic tables.
This improvement project is made possible due to the California State Parks Per Capita Program which is intended to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and to address deficiencies in neighborhoods lacking access to the outdoors.
Playground improvements include replacement of the surfacing around the main play structure, replacement of a slide and tunnel, repairs to the playground platform surfacing, new chipping in the swing area, and the addition of two new Curva Spinners.
A new water bottle filling hydration station will be coming soon!