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Sloan Johnson Oso de Oro Lake Park located at 5550 N. Forkner – Make a Reservation

Since opening in June 1995, Sloan Johnson Oso de Oro Lake Park has been the recipient of National and State awards for innovation and design excellence. It was also the model for the District’s Trolley Creek Park in southeast Fresno.

This nine-acre site combines its primary function of storm water retention with secondary functions of groundwater recharge and recreation. Nearly all construction costs were provided by private donations.

Park features include:

  • Full time park attendant
  • Two picnic pavilions, each with barbeques
  • Two main play structures
  • Unique play-safe matting around play structures
  • Raised sand play area
  • Raised grass area
  • Antique riverboat and mining town
  • Old fort and tunnel
  • Railroad trestle and mural walls
  • Interpretive maze for visually impaired visitors
  • Wheelchair basketball court
  • Open green space
  • Lake and docks

New reservation fees were adopted by the District’s Board of Directors on April 13, 2016, that apply to reservations from July 1, forward.  After July 1, 2016, people making park reservations will be able to pay at by credit card. Until then, park reservation fees will be paid at the District office, located at 5469 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA  93727. Details:

Arts and Crafts Pavilion – seats 35

  • $30 for a half day
  • $60 for a full day

Picnic Pavilion – seats 65

  • $40 for a half day
  • $80 for a full day


Form of payment accepted: cash or check. Payment is due 24 hours from the time a reservation is made.  If payment is not received at the District office, the reservation will be automatically cancelled.


Reservation cancellations must be made by the individual who made the original reservation at least two (2) weeks prior to the reservation date in the form of a written request, email or fax, stating the following in order to receive a refund:

  1. Name on the Reservation
  2. Email address, and Valid Phone Number and Address
  3. Name of Park and Pavilion
  4. Date of the Reservation and Time

Address it to: FMFCD Park Reservations

5469 E Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93727

FAX: (559) 456-2452


Cancellations received less than two (2) weeks prior to the reservation date is subject to a refund, less a $15.00 processing fee.