With a history dating back thousands of years before the arrival of the Spaniards, Lake Cunningham Park is situated between Reid-Hillview Airport and Pleasant Hills Golf Course.
Archeologists have determined that over 10,000 people inhabited the area surrounding Lake Cunningham Park before the Spaniards ever arrived. A number of tribes each had their own chief and permanent dwellings.
Springs that well up with fresh water and infuse drinking water even today eventually lead to Silver Lake, the current site of Lake Cunningham Regional Park. The park and avenue that borders it on the north are named after Jim Cunningham, a prominent area businessman.
At Lake Cunningham Park visitors will find picnic areas, playgrounds, jogging and walking trails, boating and fishing areas, and plenty of wildlife. Patrons might catch sight of bats, squirrels, gophers, rabbits, or deer. In addition there are facilities for skating, skateboarding, horseshoes, and volleyball. Park hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 30 minutes after sunset. A fee is charged for parking during summer months.
Lake Cunningham Park is conveniently located 10 miles east of San Jose International Airport. The park is also within a short driving distance of Raging Waters amusement park and several other city parks.