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Hal Brown Park

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Hal Brown Park

Greenbrae may not have a downtown, but this is where the local kids and caretakers convene. Large fields with very kid friendly bike paths and dog walks. The sand covered playground houses a large wood and metal play structure with metal slides, one toddler full-bucket swing, two older kid swings and one spring teeter-totter. Parking is limited and not permitted at Marin General hospital which is across the street. Bonus The picnic area with barbecues are located in the shade. Bathrooms Public Restrooms. Drinking Water Yes. Parking Limited street. You might be better off doing neighborhood...

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Stinson Beach Park

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Stinson Beach Park

Right in the heart of Stinson Beach lays this little oasis. One side of the playground borders a sumptuous garden with a small tidy lawn. The other side is marginally fenced from the road. The play structure is on a bed of soft white sand and is comprised of mostly wood and metal. There is a plastic tunnel, a short plastic slide and a cork screw ladder. Bathrooms No. Drinking water No. Parking Street. Other Parkside Café, Sand Dollar, Beckers’ market and the Lifeguard tower Grill on the beach open in summer. Map Share with your friends [sharethis]   Rating (5...

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Blackies Pasture

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Blackies Pasture

Also known as Leo J. Tugenberg Playground. Once you’ve found parking in the lot, which is not easy on a nice day, put your walking shoes on and grab a stroller. A good hike is what it takes to get to this playground. But it’s worth the view from McKegney Green and the crisp air off the bay. (Note it can get windy) Before you go, visit the bronze sculpture of Blackie the horse and then consider the bathrooms by the parking lot, since the portable potty near the playground is not always present. You may take the paved bike path to your left or the gravel path along the water to your right....

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Cypress Hollow Park

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Cypress Hollow Park

This playground is on two levels not visible from one another. It is also partially fenced in so it is wise to visit the park one area at a time. The lower has a swing set with one full bucket toddler and the other a big kid swing which is built over a patch work of rubber matting. Near by are benches and picnic tables. Take the soft dirt path that winds to the top and here you will find a horse shoe court, a checkers table and a big kids’ climbing structure over rubber matting and sand. There are two slides, one that ends quite high off the ground and requires extra supervision. There are...

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Santa Margarita Park

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Santa Margarita Park

Nestled in a cul-de-sac this playground has two areas. The lower area is the toddler area. It has two full bucket swings, sailboat climber made of plastic and metal and a play structure with a short slide and a and box. It is partially shaded and over woodchips. Two drawbacks are that it is not fully fenced in and there is a steep set of concrete steps going up to the next play level. The big kids play area sits above in the middle of a grassy field. There is a giant play structure over woodchips with many things to climb, a double slide, a tube slide, and unique monkey bars composed of three...

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Oliver Hartzell Park

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Oliver Hartzell Park

This hill top park sits in full few of the road near an apartment complex. It is not fenced in, but your kids can’t wander far without you noticing. The simple metal and plastic gym sits on clean sand and contains a short slide, a tall, curling slide, a chain climber, a toddler swing and one tire swing. Two picnic tables sit off to the side. There is no shade. Bathrooms None. Drinking Water Drinking fountain. Parking Neighbor street parking. Other Anne Curtis Swim club is across the street and offers great lessons for children in the summer months. Map Share with your...

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Oleander Park

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Oleander Park

This very tiny, clean playground with partial fencing, sits on a small field of grass. The play area is composed of sand with metal and plastic play structures over rubber padding. A pair of twin plastic slides gets a little bit of shade from a neighboring cypress. A swing set is divided in two with a set of toddler full-buckets swings and another pair for older kids. One picnic table stands guard in the middle. Bathrooms No. Drinking Water Fountain. Parking Neighborhood street parking. Map Share with your friends [sharethis]   Rating (7 votes, average: 4.14 out of...

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Marinwood Park

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Marinwood Park

Situated right next to the fire station, this park offers lots of fun. There are two play areas enclosed by one fence. The two toddler full-bucket swings and big kid swings are next to each other making it easier to watch and push children of varying ages. There is a plastic and metal toddler structure over wood chips with four slides and a sand pit, a small playhouse and a frog coil rider. The older kids’ area has one big slide, a climbing wall and many bars to hang from. You need a lot of upper arm strength to use this set. There is plenty of shade, benches and grass and a few picnic...

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Maria B. Freitas Park

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Maria B. Freitas Park

You don’t come here for swings and slides. This unique playground uses water for it’s entertainment. Press the hand on the red pipe and a slow trickle of water emerges from a row of three giant rings, then a small geyser sprouts up from the ground as a gentle Old Faithful which disappears and pops across on the other side. Slowly the water performance grows and the children get less intimidated. It builds to a crescendo blasting from all the rings at once and kids run through, under and around giggling and getting soaked. Do not drink the water since it is reclaimed. On these 3.5 acres...

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Creekside Drive Park

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Creekside Drive Park

The smell of hay makes you realize you’re in horse country. The enormous scrub oaks shade vast portions of this lovely park. There are two play areas both on sand. The one for toddlers has a small wood and plastic structure with a side-by-side slide, a tunnel and steering wheel that is accessed by a chain ladder, supervision advised here. There are two swings one full bucket, the other a half bucket and two coil riders: a motorcycle and turtle. The big kids’ area is a rambling wood and plastic structure with a row of monkey rings and fireman’s pole, a spiral climber, a tire swing and...

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Southview Park

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Southview Park

Situated on a steep hill, this park has a breath-taking view of the Bay. True to Sausalito style, it is made up of several terraces. On the upper most one is a small green lawn area, just below is the fully fenced-in playground. It lies exposed to full sun with no shade available. But before you lather on the sun block, check it out since fog tends to be more of what you will be exposed to here. One swing for a toddler another for an older child hang side by side. There is one a metal and plastic climbing gym with corkscrew slide built over sand. Below the playground is a basketball court...

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Robin Sweeny Park

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Robin Sweeny Park

As found with many structures in Sausalito, this playground is built into a hill by means of terraces. Strollers may approach it from below, stairs must be negotiated from above. The play equipment is on a bed of soft sand and is fully fenced. The top terrace is for toddlers with two toddler full-bucket swings, a wooden climbing structure, two slides, one a tunnel, the other a broad metal slide that warrants supervision. The lower terrace for older kids houses a tire swing, two big kid swings and a great long slide all of which are mounted on a wooden play structure. There is a metal climbing...

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Lagendorf Park

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Lagendorf Park

The playground consists of only two toddler full-bucket swings, a well worn lawn, and one picnic and barbecue facility. Bathrooms No. Drinking Water No. Parking Neighborhood street parking. Map Share with your friends [sharethis]   Rating (1 votes, average: 1.00 out of 5) Loading...

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Harrison Park

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Playground and neighborhood parking. When we visited this place, there was just a patch of cement and some dirt. Hopefully there are plans to restore this quaint area. Map [sharethis]   Rating (No Ratings Yet) Loading...

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Cloud View Park

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Cloud View Park

If you can find this park, it wins the award for the best view of Belvedere and Ring Mountain. Set high up in the hills of Sausalito, this playground has the feeling of an old garden estate complete with meeting house, non-public bathrooms and a brick patio which can all be rented out. The play ground has two sets of swings for toddler and older kids, a big metal slide that is meant for older children and horizontal bars built over sand. If your little one is not too thrilled with the equipment, don’t pack it in just yet. Pull out a blanket and have a picnic. It’s too beautiful a...

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Cazneau Park

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Cazneau Park

Squeezed between two homes and shady trees sits Cazneau park. Enter through a white picket fence. It is serene with a stream that babbles to life after a rain. There are two toddler full-bucket swings, one picnic table, a sand box and a wooden and metal play structure over wood chips, plus a small activity center for toddlers. Bathrooms No. Drinking Water No. Parking Neighborhood parking Map Share with your friends [sharethis]   Rating (No Ratings Yet) ...

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Hacienda Park

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Hacienda Park

This playground is found by winding your way through neighborhood streets. The first thing you will see is the lawn which starts by the road where you park your car and stretches over to a tall fence which runs behind homes. Two sets of simple and small play structures are constructed of plastic and metal over sand with a pair of rockers, the popular one being a motor cycle. There is plenty of shade, a few picnic tables, a basketball court and a tennis court. Bathrooms Portable toilet. Drinking Water No. Parking Neighborhood parking. Map Share with your friends...

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Castro Park

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Castro Park

This is a new playground which replaced the run-down ball park known as Castro Field. It is not visible from the road and is entered through one of three alley-ways between the surrounding homes. There is a large grassy area with groomed dirt paths. At one end is a small metal and plastic play structure on wood chips with side-by-side slide, tunnel, square ladder, and a short curved climbing wall. For the time being there are no swings or sandbox. But considering that this was created by the Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association, there is a good chance that those might show up one day. In...

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Candy’s Park

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Candy’s Park

The colorful tall peaked roofs of this play structure callout to be played with here. This new state-of-the-art playground is made with wood, metal and plastic and is completely fenced in. There is a red slide and a selection of plastic wall gizmo to tinker with. The swing set has three big kid swings is over tan bark and no toddler swings. The toddler area has sand to play in, a sand digger and a playhouse too. There is one picnic table for adults, another for kids, several benches and no barbeque. There is a large lawn outside of the fenced play area that neighbors a...

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Victor Jones Park

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Victor Jones Park

Most folks go to Peacock Gap when they are in this vicinity, but if you are looking for a change, try this neighborhood playground. The park is stretched out over a long narrow hillside. On the upper end near Robinhood Dr. is the playground. The toddler side is fully fenced in and has a small plastic and metal structure over sand. The older kids have a larger climbing structure with a big arch of swings. To date there are six swings, but the spacing police may cut these back to three as has been the pattern. Plenty of shade covered picnic tables and barbeque facilities reside on the lower...

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Sun Valley Park

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Sun Valley Park

This fully fenced in playground sits on a large span of lawn which includes a gazebo with picnic and barbecue facilities, and a basketball and volleyball court. The playground is divided into two areas one for toddlers and the other for older kids. They are just the right size for keeping an eye on children in both areas at the same time. The structures are made of metal and plastic on sand. The toddler area has a play house and slide structure with a motorcycle coil rocker. The big kids’ area has a climbing structure, slide and tube slide. The swings include two toddler full-bucket and two...

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Schoen Park

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Schoen Park

This tiny park can be easily missed, just look for it right on the roadside. It also borders a marsh and the bay with a jogging and dog run. Partial fencing encircles one picnic table, a swing set with four toddler full-bucket swings and two older, a climbing gym over sand with one long metal slide colorfully painted, and a toucan coil-rocker. Drinking Water Fountain. Parking Limited neighborhood parking. Other Plenty of shade. Map Share with your friends [sharethis]   Rating (No Ratings Yet) ...

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Pickleweed Park

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Pickleweed Park

Here is a beautiful park situated in the Canal district (an area avoided in the past but now is being gentrified.) The general theme is trains with a set of rails imbedded in the cement walk and a stationary train for kids to “drive”. In the center is a clever roadway just the right size for kids and their bring-along peddle vehicles. It comes complete with street signs, a round-about and parking meters. You will not have to wait long for a swing since there are plenty of toddler full-bucket swings and older ones. Plastic and metal slides and a large climbing structure on sand and rubber...

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Peacock Gap Park

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Peacock Gap Park

This delightful playground is tucked at the end of an eclectic display of houses with varying architecture ranging from adobe to 70’s ranch style. There’s lots of space for your little one to take off and run which can be a good thing especially if they have been cooped up too long indoors on rainy days. Happily the toddler lot is fully fenced-in. The gym is in the shape of a boat with ladders to climb and a slide. There is also a playhouse, a coil rider motorcycle with passenger seat and three toddler full-bucket swings all on sand. This is also the only part of both playgrounds that has...

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Gerstle Park

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Gerstle Park

The playgrounds here sit on land purchased by Mr. Gerstle for his wife Hannah in the early 1900’s. In time they built a summer home which contained 36 bedrooms and 16 baths. In 1936 the estate was deeded to San Rafael as a park. The 3.5 acres holds a field, 28 picnic and barbecue facilities, a basketball and tennis court and playgrounds. In 1955 an arson fire destroyed the main house, the foundation of which can still be seen if you go exploring. The playgrounds are spread out over several terraces. The largest one houses a basketball court, a large grass area, four kid swings, a tire swing...

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Civic Center Lagoon Park

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Civic Center Lagoon Park

You will know you are in the right place by the light blue roof tops of The Marin Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Down by the lagoon are two fully fenced-in play areas with a shaded picnic area in center. Both play structures are composed of metal, plastic and wood over sand and rubber pads. On the toddler side there are two full-bucket swings and one big with a small gym. On the big kid side there is a tall climbing structure not meant for little kids. Enjoy the cool afternoon breeze which comes off the water. Bonus Bring lots of bread to feed the swans and ducks. Bathrooms ...

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Bret Harte Park

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Bret Harte Park

This fully fenced-in park now has new safe equipment and charming artwork by neighborhood children. It has three main areas. The first is a separaretly fenced-in toddler area on woodchips with two full bucket swings, a plastic and metal play structure and a coil airplane rocker. The next area is surrounded by a cement wall with some decorated tiles. It holds an elaborate big kids play area with some seriously fun slides. Next to it is a smooth slide rail with a climbing web and monkey bars that are conveniently padded to be gentler on the hands. The final area is the Basketball court. Posts...

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Boyd Park

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Boyd Park

On the grounds of the San Rafael Historical Museum is a large partially fenced in area with manicured lawn, picnic tables, and a hiking trail along the stream. The playground has a wood and plastic play castle with Taj Mahal ice cream style tower. A coil spring rocker dragon and an alligator over wood chips completes the theme. The museum is a restored Victorian that will someday be open to the public. Lots of shady trees such as loquat, maple, cedar, and redwoods. A single tennis court for locals sits by the road. Bathrooms The real bathrooms are closed and replaced with a portable...

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Albert Park

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Albert Park

Amidst the 11.5 acres of fields, two baseball diamonds, lawn, tennis courts, bocce ball courts and a recreation center, you will find a very small fenced in playground. Squeezed in together are a toddler swing, tiny slide, play house on sand and a couple of coil spring rockers. A unique table holds a finger skateboard park. Bring your finger skateboard and play. Such boards were all the rage a few years back, it’s worth a try should you be able to come across one. If this is not enough amusement for your little one, a walk across Albert Lane to the Wildcare animal refuge is certainly worth...

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San Anselmo Memorial Park

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San Anselmo Memorial Park

San Anselmo Memorial Park, also know as Millennium Park, is a testament of what can happen when a community pulls itself together for a good cause. Countless volunteers constructed this fantasyland in two days. No small feat as you will see. There are two areas; one for toddlers and the other for big kids, neither of which is fully enclosed. The tot lot has a train theme with wooden play structures resembling a train station, an engine and slides which deposit little fellows in soft sand inside the train area or on tan bark outside. There are at least three coiled horse riders, three toddler...

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