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Natomas, California

Natomas is a community in northwestern Sacramento, California. It is the last area of Sacramento that has not been fully developed and has seen major residential development in the 1990s and 2000s. Major growth has been mostly due to Sleep Train Arena, former home court to the Sacramento Kings and now disbanded Monarchs and disbanded Sacramento Knights, located in Natomas. Natomas is generally defined as south of the Sacramento County line, north of the Garden Highway and the American River, west of the Natomas East Main Drain, and east of the Sacramento River. The neighborhood school district is Natomas Unified School District.

Sleep Train Arena is the major feature of the Natomas area of Sacramento previous home of the Sacramento Kings. The Sacramento International Airport is within the bounds of Natomas as defined by Sacramento County, but it is several miles away from the largely populated area of Natomas. Natomas is the closest portion of the city to the airport. Thus, there are many hotels located throughout the Natomas area. Natomas is a historical flood plain and is therefore subject to flooding. Another feature of this area is the ease of access to Interstate 5, Interstate 80, and the northern portion of Highway 99’s route through Sacramento, making it a desirable living area for workers who commute.

Natomas is also home to a variety of outdoor spaces, including bike trails and parks. One of the newest additions is North Natomas Regional Park. Although it is being completed in phases, it is home to a water spray area for kids, grassy fields, playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas, two dog parks (one for little and another for big dogs), asphalt and concrete paths for walking and riding, and a permanent farmers’ market structure. Jack rabbits, birds of prey, and other wildlife romp in the undeveloped fields adjacent to the developed portions.

Natomas, California


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