Daniel W. Carmichael (born 1867) came to California in 1885. In 1909, he developed Carmichael Colony of what was once part of the Rancho San Juan Mexican land grant. Carmichael later bought another 1,000 acres previously part of the Rancho Del Paso Mexican land grant, that he called Carmichael Colony No. 2. It bordered the first colony to the east and Walnut Avenue to the west; the southern boundary was Arden Way with Sutter Avenue to the north. Carmichael is now a strong middle class community, with homes often having larger yards, ranch construction, and good schools.
Carmichael Park is a major 38-acre park in the town. The park includes 5 ballfields and 6 tennis courts and a 9 hole disc golf course. The Community Clubhouse, Veterans' Memorial Building, the Daniel Bishop Memorial Pavilion for the Performing Arts, and the Great Wall of Carmichael are all located within the park. A year-round farmers market is also located at the park every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Jensen Botanical Gardens are located at 8520 Fair Oaks Boulevard. The gardens exhibit a variety of flora including camellias, dogwoods, azaleas, and rhododendrons.
The Chautauqua Playhouse has been located in the La Sierra Community Center since 1985. The 95-seat theater shows comedies, dramas, and musicals. In addition, it has a children's theater with performances held on Saturdays. Chautauqua Playhouse is located at 5325 Engle Road (between Walnut Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard).
Ancil Hoffman Park is a major park located within the American River Parkway in Carmichael, California. It is a 396-acre park. A major feature of the park is the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. The oak-canopied park is bordered on two sides by the American River. Reconstructed Maidu Indian homes are located at the entrance to the nature center. The Ancil Hoffman Golf Course is also part of the park. Many species of animals can be seen, including wild turkey, deer, coyotes and hawks. One can access the park by taking the Watt Avenue exit off Highway 50.
The American River Parkway is a 28-mile (45 km) parkway that runs along the American River throughout Sacramento County, California. The parkway consists of many smaller parks and boat launching points. It can be accessed by various exits off Highway 50 in Sacramento County.
A portion of the American River Bike Trail traverses Carmichael near the southern community boundary. The bike trail is a popular multi-use recreational facility as well as by bicycle commuters.
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