East Sacramento

Often just called East Sac, East Sacramento is now nearly 125 years old. The combined residential and business areas were annexed as part of Sacramento in 1911.

Located east of downtown and midtown, East Sacramento is bounded by U.S. Hwy. 50 to the south, Alhambra Blvd. to the west, Elvas Ave. to the north and northeast, and California State University, Sacramento, and the American River to the southeast.

Surrounded in trees and Camellias (it’s Sacramento official flower), East Sacramento features several of Sacramento’s most well known attractions — numerous city parks, and an historic neighborhood called the “Fab 40s. It’s also home to one of the largest campuses in the California State University system.

McKinley Park is the most well-known city park in East Sacramento, and with a handful of other nearby parks, it hosts a summer concert series and outdoors film series.

The 32-acre McKinley Park includes Clunie Clubhouse, a community center, a branch of the Sacramento Public library, a manmade lake, recreation lawns, a baseball diamond, community pool and eight tennis courts. The parameter of the park is .8-miles and includes a decomposed granite path popular for runners and walkers.

Its park’s most popular attraction is the 1.5-acre rose garden. Created in 1928, it features more than 1,000 rose bushes, tree roses and blooming annuals and is often used for weddings and other special occasions.

Arguably the most desirable and historic neighborhood in Est Sacramento in called the “Fab 40s.” Located in an area once a central part of a streetcar network and the multiple-block area features many of the largest homes on the largest lots in East Sacramento.

The “Fab 40s” are located between 38th and 46th Streets and bordered by J St. and Folsom Blvd. President Ronald Reagan lived at 1341 45th Street.

California State University, Sacramento, was opened in 1947, and is known for its diverse academic offerings, notably the Schools of Business and Nursing. Its athletic programs are Division I, and several of its women’s sports teams are perennially successful.

East Sacramento also has easy access to the American River Parkway and the Jedediah Smith Recreation Trail. It’s a 32-mile paved trail popular for runners, cyclists, walkers and other user groups.

East Sacramento also has a diverse selection of casual and fine dining restaurants, community organizations, art galleries theaters and myriad small businesses. They’re all within walking distance or on or near the city bus systems or within walking distance.


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