What’s to Love?
The Community: Curtis Park is a diverse community of approximately 2,500 households. The neighborhood is a tightly knit and politically active group that works together for their community. People know and speak to their neighbors, there is a community dinner on the first Friday of most months that is well attended and on the 4th of July street closures are common for the numerous block parties.
Location, Location, Location: While Curtis Park was and still is considered a suburban neighborhood it has some wonderful restaurants that give it a more urban feel. On Franklin Boulevard Gunther’s Ice Cream is the oldest ice cream parlor in town and across the street from it is Pangaea Two Brew cafe that carries an amazing selection of Beer. Down the street is the Coffee Garden, that combines local art, comfy chairs, lots of plants, for an overall comfortable environment to hang out in. On 24th Street there are dining options, Shoki Ramen House for the absolute best ramen soup ever eaten and Crepeville that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Also on 24th is the women only Figure 8 gym. It’s open 24 hours a day, is super clean with top quality machines and a great staff.
Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association: In the 1970’s, Curtis Park Residents banded together to save the old Sierra School from demolition. Thus was born the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association (SCNA) and a dynamic center for Cultural and Educational activities. They offer an array of family events throughout the year, including music concerts in the park, a Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, and Home Tour, hold regular monthly board meetings to discuss issues of relevance to the neighborhood and publish the ViewPoint, a free monthly neighborhood newspaper. In addition, SCNA manages the reborn Sierra School as the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community. SCNA is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Few neighborhoods are fortunate enough to have an active, well managed association working to bring neighbors together. SCNA gives the Sierra Curtis neighborhood a common voice, family entertainment and a community center, which is the architectural and social centerpiece of the neighborhood.
Curtis Park Dogxillary: Behind Sierra 2 there is a playing field, fenced playground and basketball court. When no soccer game is being played from 6-9 in the mornings and 5-8 in the afternoon, dogs with their owners are allowed off-leash on the playing field. View all the park rules here. It is the only playing field in Sacramento where this is allowed, a demonstration of the Curtis Park community working together. Anytime you can take your dog off leash somewhere it is a wonderful thing but in addition to the privilege of being able to take your dog off leash the people who regularly go to the dog park have an email list and anytime there is an issue or need or lost/found dog an email goes out to the people on the list. Lost dogs are found in record time and returned to their owners. Abandoned dogs find homes and when holes need to be filled on the playing field there is a team of volunteers out there to get the job done.
Architecture & Trees: The homes in Curtis Park were mostly build in the early 1900s just southeast of downtown Sacramento around a sliver of a park that is a half of block wide and 4 blocks long. The homes were originally built for middle to higher income families and of various styles including Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Tudor, Spanish and Colonial Revival. You can spend all day there and never see the same thing twice. Each is individually with its own character. The homes in Curtis Park were known as bungalows and most built by Cutter who owned the Cutter Mill Lumber Co. The trees line the streets of Curtis Park as they do in many of the older neighborhoods of Sacramento, the City of Trees.
Read more about the History of Curtis Park.