Top 5 outdoor basketball courts in Redding, CA
Top 5 outdoor basketball courts in Redding, CA
It’s game time! You hit the buddies up on SnapChat, they want to ball. Grab your Nike kicks, a grippy basketball, some Gatorade, and bounce.
But where are you going to play basketball? If only there was a way to find a basketball court near you! There is. You found it. It’s called Let’s Go Ball.
For all the NorCal ballers, there are quite a few options when it comes to good outdoor basketball courts. But I found the best basketball courts.
And now, I present to you the Top 5 basketball courts in Redding, California. I will break it all down, support the list with some research, and toss in a few honorable mentions to consider as well.
Do you agree with my list?
TOP 5 LIST CRITERIA
Why is my list of Top 5 basketball courts accurate? Let’s talk about a few things that make a great basketball court.
I will admit, there was a time in my life where you could have nailed a laundry basket to a telephone pole and I would happily play ball for hours. I love the game, that much we all know.
Nowadays, I am slightly more discerning and I appreciate a basketball court that fits exactly what I want to do. That might be some solo work to dial in the jump shot; or perhaps a physical game of 3-on-3 dunk hoops; or maybe a full court 5-on-5 basketball game. Each situation calls for a specific type of basketball court.
For this list, I was seeking the best of all worlds. I want a clean, accessible basketball court that will suit me for a solo workout or 5-on-5. The equipment needs to be solid and reliable. The area should be safe and fun for children, that’s important.
So, without further ado, let’s get this Top 5 list going. It was not an easy list to whittle down, there were a few great courts that got aced out of my top five. So I present three honorable mentions and then each ranked basketball court starting with five and moving down to one.
As always, I want to know your opinion too! Please comment below and let me know what you think. Of course, I always appreciate you sharing this article on social media.
Grant School is located in West Redding, about five miles beyond the downtown area. Grant is one of the few northern California schools that doesn’t look like a prison from the outside, and the throwback visual set in a wilderness area is refreshing.
There are three well maintained full courts situated next to the soccer field and baseball diamond. Despite standard rims and half moon backboards, the courts have all the desired markings including 3-point lines, keys, and out of bounds.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park is located on the southern edge of downtown Redding near Mercy Hospital. This basketball court packs some sentimental value for me personally, considering I spent most of my childhood working in my Grandma’s corner grocery store in this neighborhood.
The basketball court is a clean full court with all the markings, but the park surrounding it is a great attraction as well. There are playground areas for the kids, picnic tables, BBQ pits, and a huge grass field for football or soccer games.
Western Oaks Park is tucked in a beautiful neighborhood off of Shasta View Drive in East Redding. Again, I might be demonstrating a tinge of personal bias here considering I lived near this park for almost fifteen years.
While it’s only a half court and there is no 3-point line, it is amazing how secluded the park feels despite being directly connected to Western Oaks Drive. There is a large grassy area, playground, and several mature, native oak trees.
TOP 5 OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURTS IN REDDING, CA
#5 ENTERPRISE PARK
Enterprise Park is the largest park in Redding, CA and located alongside the south end of Victor Avenue in East Redding. The basketball courts are perhaps underwhelming by comparison to all the park has to offer, but they are a hotspot for competitive basketball games.
In addition to two full courts with painted keys, 3-point lines, and out of bounds markings, Enterprise Park also features a large soccer field, disc golf, water park, playground, walking paths, BBQ pits, and picnic tables for large groups. It is one of the most versatile areas for team or individual practice, and also serves as a great venue for team parties.
Although the court itself doesn’t have lighting for night play, Enterprise Park is easily accessible and available to play nearly any time of day.
Redding School of the Arts is located across from the McConnell Foundation on Shasta View Drive in East Redding. Ironically, RSA is not known for its sports programs. That’s because they don’t really have any to speak of.
But they do have a beautiful basketball court set off of the back corner of the campus. As you might imagine at a school of the arts, the setting is just as impressive as the court itself. The court features painted keys and all the court markings you will need. As a bonus, it is wrapped with exquisite landscaping and features a lion mural on a wall at the north end.
And that’s not all. There is a secondary basketball court here that qualifies for our Dunk Hoops category. It is an adjustable height goal set on painted asphalt, situated near the playground equipment.
Simpson University is set in North Redding just off of Shasta View Drive near Highway 299 East. The campus is picturesque all on its own, including two man-made ponds that bookend the main driveway.
On the far southeast corner of the campus, just beyond the main gym, you will find two full courts that rival just about any outdoor basketball courts in Redding. The goals are super durable and feature large, rectangular backboards set atop a fully painted court with 3-point lines and all the court markings you will need.
The basketball courts are easily accessible with parking nearby. As with any school (elementary, junior high, high school, or college), I would advise you to obey school property access rules in place. Beyond that disclaimer, this is a very nice set of basketball courts in Redding.
Shasta Family YMCA is situated on the corner of Eureka Way and Court Street near the downtown Redding area. You might not be surprised to find a YMCA location on any Top 5 indoor basketball court list, but the YMCA in Redding deserves high praise for its outdoor basketball courts as well.
Truth be told, Shasta Family YMCA could have just as easily placed number one on my list. It was so close. After all, it is perhaps one of the best basketball courts in all of Redding to be featured on the Let’s Go Ball Dunk Hoops list. There are two full courts complete with large rectangular plexiglass backboards and adjustable goals! That means you can not only play half court dunk hoops, but you and the buddies can play above the rim in 5-on-5 full court action too.
Access was the only reason this basketball court was ranked number two on my list. YMCA is pay to play, meaning you will either need to sign up for a membership or inquire about a day fee to use their facility. But trust me, it’s worth it.
Magnolia Park is located in West Redding on the corner of Placer Street and Orange Avenue next door to the Schreder Planetarium. The city park is uniquely tucked into the Placer Street hillside, guarded by a huge rock retaining wall. There is a large grass area next to the basketball court which is also flanked by a playground area for young children.
Again, I will admit some personal bias here. I spent a lot of time on this court as a young buck, primarily because my Grandma lived across the street in a huge three story house just up the hill from the First Presbyterian Church (where I also married my wife way back in 1994).
But that isn’t why Magnolia Park ranks number one on my list. In fact, this basketball court was one of the more notably dilapidated courts in Redding for several years. It was old and worn down. Then, the City of Redding crews sprang into action for a complete renovation.
They poured fresh concrete, installed new regulation basketball goals with large, rectangular backboards, and finished it off with a fantastic paint scheme that highlights the keys, 3-point area, and jump circle. The result is an incredible full court setting to play basketball that is easily accessible, open to the public, and yet just secluded enough for those who know of it to call it their home court.