Arroyo Grande's student population is served by several schools located throughout the county. Elementary schools within the area include Grover Heights, Harloe, Ocean View, and Oceano; middle schools include Judkins, Mesa, Paulding, and Shell Beach; and high schools include Arroyo Grande and Lopez. Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Allan Hancock College, and Cuesta College serve the higher learning needs of students in Arroyo Grande.
The Swinging Bridge
The Swinging Bridge is the only one of its kind in California and it is located here in Arroyo Grande. Originally built in early 1875 by one of the first families in the area, the Shorts, the Swinging Bridge is suspended 40 feet above the Arroyo Grande Creek and is 171 feet in length. The bridge is located on Short Street and Olohan Alley in Centennial Park.
Parks and Recreation
Arroyo Grande features a 26-acre sports complex with lighted tennis courts, Little League, baseball, soccer and football fields, a community garden, and an off-leash dog park. Additionally, the city includes 23 community passive and active parks that offer a variety of amenities. Hiking and nature trails can be found along Arroyo Grande Creek and James Way Oak Habitat and Wildlife Preserve.
Cypress Ridge Golf Course is another popular recreation attraction here in Arroyo Grande. A Peter Jacobsen Signature Golf Course, the course was designed by Jacobsen Hardy Design and takes great liberties in the natural surroundings of the area. Opened in 1999 and given a 4.5-star rating by Golf Digest as one of the "Best Places to Play," another interesting tidbit about this golf course is that it has been certified as a "Signature Sanctuary" by Audubon International.
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