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“Beautifully Manicured Park and Fountain” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens
6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA
805 461 5000
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Ranked #15 of 19 things to do in Atascadero
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Atascadero, California
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“Beautifully Manicured Park and Fountain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

The Sunken Gardens in the center of Atascadero is so green, beautiful, and well maintained. A nice place to stop, reflect on the good life and sit by the fountain. Bring a lunch, have a picnic, take a walk and enjoy the many weekend events that happen throughout the year at the Sunken Gardens.

Visited May 2013
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Atascadero, California
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“Town Center”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is Atascadero's town center. The garden is nice, but will be nicer when the statues are restored and replaced. It offers a nice view of the town hall, the historic Italianate building at the center of town, which is also undergoing reconstructions after the 2003 earthquake. Both the garden and the city hall are scheduled for completion this year in time for Colony Days this fall.

Visited March 2013
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“Exotic Name, not that interesting”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The park is only "sunken" on one end, and there are NO gardens of any kind within the park. It is a football field size park in middle of Atascadero. It is the front yard of the 100 year old and very beautiful "Rotunda" building, which will soon again house the city administration. (Not much to see there.)
There is a grand old fountain working in the middle of the park, with a few old Deodar Cedar trees grow along the sides. A few walkways traverse the park, with nice green lawn for lounging or play. There are no picnic tables, but sufficient benches to rest on. There are water fountains to drink, but no public restrooms for miles. There are no recreational facilities for children to play on.
The Junior High and Senior High Schools are very close by so the students enjoy hanging out after school. There are a few community activities that enjoy the space throughout the year. But, only a couple that out-of-town visitors would likely come to town to see. The park is surrounded by a variety of professional offices, and a small historic museum with rose garden. There are a couple of local eaters across the street, additionally a brew house with a nice variety of draft beer.
One would hope that the park could be more of a focal point for people to gather. But, for the last 12 years that I have lived here, the only time I would go there was for the Wednesday afternoon farmers market. But that moved to a parking lot down the road a couple years ago.
Atascadero Creek flows in the winter near-by, but is so choked with undergrowth that it is not useful in any way.
If you are looking for more that a patch of green on a busy street, go to the Atascadero Lake park on State Hwy 41, on the way to Morro Bay.

Visited December 2012
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