Atascadero residents have known about it for years and the word is getting out that Atascadero Lake is a great place to be during the warm summer months. Located just east of the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 41, Atascadero Lake Park features the cute little lake itself, the Lake Pavilion (which is increasingly popular for weddings and business conferences), the Charles Paddock Zoo, Alvord Baseball Field, the new and impressive San Luis Obispo County Veterans Memorial and the cool, shaded Atascadero Lake Park.

Going on now and through the rest of the summer, Tuesdays and Saturdays are great times to visit Atascadero Lake. Every Tuesday afternoon the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and Atascadero Elks cook up BBQ tri-tip and chicken dinners. Local non-profit groups take turns serving the food. After dinner each week the Atascadero Community Band takes the stage on the lakeside bandstand for a real, old-fashioned concert. There's lots of room to spread a picnic blanket or set up lawn chairs and enjoy the music as evening descends gently on the lake.

On Saturdays folks gather again at the lake for the summer concert season. Different groups perform each week. You can bring a picnic and beer and wine are available.

Other amenities at Atascadero Lake make it a special attraction every day of the week. The new, breathtaking San Luis Obispo County Veterans Memorial features a larger-than-life statue by local artist Mark Greenaway plus memorial granite walls and pavered walkways.

The Charles Paddock Zoo is the only accredited zoo between Santa Barbara and San Jose. It's a special place to take the kids and grandkids. Check out the new entryway now under construction.

And, yes, that's sound of baseball being played on Alvord Field. Local teams use the field regularly and there are stands to accommodate visitors.

For more information about activities at Atascadero Lake:

City of Atascadero - (805) 461-5000

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce - (805) 466-2044

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