San Rafael

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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