Tahoe Park, Sacramento, California

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Tahoe Park
Neighborhood of Sacramento
The 59th & T Street gateway to Tahoe Park
The 59th & T Street gateway to Tahoe Park
Tahoe Park is located in Sacramento, California
Tahoe Park
Tahoe Park
Location within Sacramento
Coordinates: 38°32′37″N 121°26′07″W / 38.543611°N 121.435278°W / 38.543611; -121.435278
Country United States
State California
County Sacramento
City Sacramento
Zip Codes 95817 and 95820

Tahoe Park is a neighborhood located within the city of Sacramento, California.

The name "Tahoe Park" is generally used to refer to several official and unofficial neighborhoods that surround Tahoe Park proper, including Tahoe Park East, Tahoe Park South, Tahoe Terrace, and West Tahoe Park.


The neighborhood of Tahoe Park is centrally located in Sacramento, immediately south of U.S. Route 50 at 59th Street.

The area is less than 1-mile (1.6 km) southwest of California State University, Sacramento, less than 1-mile (1.6 km) east of the UC Davis Medical Center and approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of downtown Sacramento.


Tahoe Park

The area is named for the park in the heart of the neighborhood. Tahoe Park is a 19-acre (77,000 m2) recreational facility located in the Tahoe Park neighborhood of Sacramento, California. The park is largely contained between 8th Avenue to the north, 11th Avenue to the south, 59th Street to the west, and 61st Street to the east.

The park contains many popular amenities, including a swimming pool, a wading pool, playgrounds for children and toddlers, several barbecue facilities, and playing fields for softball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and horseshoes.

The park has received many updates in the 1990s and 2000s, including street lights, a jogging trail, upgraded picnic areas, and fitness stations.


Early years[edit]

In the early 1900s, the area southeast of the old California State Fairgrounds (now the UC Davis Medical Center campus) was sparsely populated farmland; most residential neighborhoods were west of Upper Stockton Road (now Stockton Boulevard).

In 1911, Sacramento made its first annexation. Tripling in size from its original grid area, the city expanded its city limits southward to Sutterville Road and 14th Avenue, and eastward to Elvas Avenue and 65th Street. This placed the area now known as Tahoe Park (proper) at the city's far southeastern corner.[1][2]

In 1931, to serve the needs of the residents, a four-room elementary school was built at 5932 5th Avenue; it was named "Tahoe School". Seven years later, in 1938, the school address was modified to reflect the change of the street's name to "Broadway". Records from 1939 identify new tract homes under construction near the intersection of 55th Street and 8th Avenue.[3]

Post-World War II Growth[edit]

With three military bases in the area (Mather Field, McClellan Field, and the Sacramento Signal Depot), Sacramento was a popular place for service men and women to live. The area experienced a housing boom during and after World War II; a large number of homes were financed by the G.I. Bill.[4]

The area grew rapidly during this time. In 1946, the City of Sacramento purchased 19 acres (77,000 m2) of land immediately south of the Tahoe Elementary School for use as a recreational facility; the park was named "Tahoe Park" after the school.[3] The same year, All Hallows Parish moved from a storefront on Stockton Boulevard to its current location at 55th Street and 14th Avenue.[4]

In 1948, Sacramento annexed a large area southeast of 14th Avenue and Stockton Boulevard, including the area now known as Tahoe Park South.[1] The same year, educational options grew in Tahoe Park to meet the needs of area families. The Tahoe Elementary School campus was expanded with new buildings, and the All Hallows Parrish Catholic School (now John Paul II Catholic School) was opened.[3]

In 1958, the neighborhood's youngest area—Tahoe Park East—was added to Sacramento when the city annexed an area northeast of 14th Avenue and 65th Street.[1]

1970s/1980s Decline[edit]

The area experienced economic changes from the 1960s through the 1980s. Due to several factors—including the rerouting of Highway 99 away from Stockton Boulevard in 1962, the relocation of the state fairgrounds in 1968, and the establishment of new suburbs further away from the city's core—the area entered a state of decline in the 1970s and 1980s.[5]

1990s to Present Resurgence[edit]

In 1991, residents created the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association (TPNA), a non-profit organization focused on community improvement.[6]

Through community activism and civic participation, the neighborhood has experienced a strong resurgence.[7] First-time home buyers and real estate professionals view Tahoe Park as a desirable alternative to pricier neighborhoods such as East Sacramento and Curtis Park.[8]


Tahoe Park[edit]

Map of Tahoe Park neighborhoods relative to the city of Sacramento and notable landmarks

Tahoe Park is an officially recognized neighborhood in Area 3 of the City of Sacramento. It is bordered by Highway 50 and Broadway to the north, 14th Avenue to the south, 53rd and 57th Streets to the west, and 65th Street to the east.[9]

The section of Tahoe Park that is north of Broadway is often informally referred to as "Tahoe Terrace".

Tahoe Park East[edit]

Tahoe Park East is an officially recognized neighborhood in Area 3 of the City of Sacramento. It is bordered by 65th Street to the west, Highway 50 and the Tahoe Tallac Little League Park to the north, Business Drive to the east, and 14th Avenue to the south.[9]

Tahoe Park South[edit]

Tahoe Park South is an officially recognized neighborhood in Area 3 of the City of Sacramento. It is bordered by 14th Avenue to the north, 21st Avenue to the south, 58th Street to the west, and the 65th Street Expressway to the east.[9]

Many long-time residents refer to Tahoe Park South as "Tallac Village"[citation needed]—most likely due to the presence of the Tallac Village Shopping Center on its northern boundary. However, Tallac Village is an officially recognized neighborhood immediately south of Tahoe Park South, between 21st Avenue and Fruitridge Road.

West Tahoe Park[edit]

West Tahoe Park is an officially recognized neighborhood in Area 3 of the City of Sacramento. It is bordered by Broadway to the north, 14th Avenue to the south, Stockton Boulevard to the west and 53rd Street to the east.[9]

Prior to 2005, the area west of 53rd Street was officially recognized as a part of the neighborhood of Tahoe Park proper. However, the term "West Tahoe Park" was commonly used to describe the area which, at that time, was in Sacramento's 5th district. In approximately 2005, the West Tahoe Park neighborhood was officially recognized as a separate neighborhood by the city of Sacramento. During redistricting that occurred in 2011, West Tahoe Park joined the rest of the Tahoe Park neighborhoods in District 6. By and large, this area of the Tahoe Park neighborhood is located closest to the UC Davis Medical Center.

Tahoe Terrace[edit]

Tahoe Terrace is a name used to refer to the section of Tahoe Park north of Broadway. It is bordered by Highway 50 to the north, Broadway to the south, 57th Street to the west, and 65th Street to the east.

Tahoe Terrace was a part of Sacramento's old "Area 1" that included the nearby neighborhoods of East Sacramento and Elmhurst. Tahoe Terrace can also be distinguished from the rest of Tahoe Park by its postal code, 95817; all other areas of Tahoe Park proper are located within the 95820 postal code.



Tahoe Park neighborhoods are represented by the following government districts:

Native Representatives[edit]

In the late 1980s, Tahoe Park began to produce many of Sacramento's government officials; U.S. Federal District Judge Kim Mueller, California State Senator and President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, and Sacramento City Councilmember Kevin McCarty began their political careers on the Sacramento City Council while residents of Tahoe Park.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c City of Sacramento. City of Sacramento: Historical Growth by Annexation (Map) (September 2007 ed.). http://www.cityofsacramento.org/dsd/reference/maps/documents/AnnexationHistory_E.pdf. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  2. ^ "City of Sacramento: Historical Growth by Annexation". City of Sacramento. April 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b c Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center (2008). Sacramento's Elmhurst, Tahoe Park and Colonial Heights. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia. pp. 27–42. ISBN 0-7385-5590-8. 
  4. ^ a b "All Hallows Roman Catholic Community: History: All Hallows". 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  5. ^ City of Sacramento (n/a). "Oak Park Survey". History of Oak Park. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 2008-06-03.  [dead link]
  6. ^ "Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association: About TPNA". n/a. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  7. ^ "Bouncing back in Tahoe Park" (fee required). Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company). April 16, 1995. p. B1. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  8. ^ "Tahoe Park: Neighborhood's a hidden jewel with friendly vibe" (fee required). Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company). Jan 8, 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  9. ^ a b c d City of Sacramento. City of Sacramento: Neighborhoods (Map) (November 2010 ed.). http://www.cityofsacramento.org/gis/documents/Neighborhoods_E.pdf. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  10. ^ "California's 6th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Two get jump in council race; The District 6 seat has been a springboard for judges, legislators" (fee required). Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company). February 23, 2003. p. B1. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  12. ^ "New Magistrate Judge Took Unconventional Path to Federal Bench". Sacramento County Bar Association. 2003. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 

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Coordinates: 38°32′37″N 121°26′07″W / 38.543611°N 121.435278°W / 38.543611; -121.435278