Andy Peri Park

Park Road
Fairfax, CA 94930
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

This cozy little park under the redwoods has just been renovated. It is fenced-in and borders a creek. There is plenty of shade and street parking. There are two main areas of play: one for toddlers over sand and the other for older kids on wood chips. In each area are swing sets with two age appropriate swings. Note that these are on opposite ends of the park. In the toddler area there is a sand “water” pump with platforms and bamboo troughs, a tricky four sided teeter totter waits to be ridden and a tall red pyramid rope climber looks inviting, but it might be more appropriate for older kids. A log playhouse sits next to a sandbox and small wooden climbing structure and a large wooden play structure with many things to occupy your little one. There are a few tiny tables with stump seating to recall the original redwood tree stumps used the same way. In the big kid’s area is a tire swing and a sit spinner we nicknamed a swirly gurly. Don’t eat first. The large play structure here has plenty to do. It’s made of wood with a two sets of plastic slides. You can’t help but be drawn to the large red spider web polygon. Proceed with cautious supervision. There are many benches. Outside the fenced in area are picnic tables and barbeques.

Bonus

Easy walk to downtown Fairfax for some fresh coffee or healthy foods to eat.

Bathrooms

Very nice public restrooms.

Drinking Water

Fountain not working, choked with sand.

Parking

Street.

Other

Check out Buga Boo’s for great kid items, classes and mother groups.

Info

Fairfax Park and Rec 258-4644.

Skunk Hollow Mini-Park

El Camino
Corte Madera, CA 94925
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

Wooden and plastic play structure over sand with a small grassy field. Low juniper bushes fence in the area along the not too busy street. There is not much to this place and therefore will not get crowded.

Bonus

Two picnic tables and one wheelchair accessible picnic table.

Bathrooms

None.

Drinking Water

Water fountain.

Parking

Neighborhood parking.

Other

Wheel chair accessible.

San Clemente Park

Paradise Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

Here you will find two separately fenced-in areas on sand with play structures of slightly worn metal, wood and plastic for all ages. If you have an older child in Little League or Soccer, you can watch the game from here while your toddler enjoys the playground. There is a shade arbor covering 3 picnic tables and barbecue sites. Surrounding the area is a large baseball and soccer field, volleyball court, and a basketball court. No pets.

Just a note that the schools adjacent to this play area often use the facilities during lunch time so plan your visit accordingly.

Bonus

Wheel chair accessible ramps to play structures.

Bathrooms

Public restrooms.

Drinking Water

Yes.

Parking

parking lot off Paradise and Golden Hind has a larger one shared with a school.

Other

Wheel chair accessible. Even though this is next to a school, it is a public park. You may use it happily with the awareness that you may want to grab your toddler when the big kids come out at recess.

Corte Madera Town Park

Tamalpais Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

This very popular, newly renovated park spans 22.7 acres.

The playground is enclosed by one large fence. It contains two areas of play, one is a large circular area for toddlers and big kids and the other is primarily for older kids. Be forewarned that on a crowded day this large area can be challenging to locate multiple children.

The circle area contains a miniature road made of a soft compound complete with railroad crossing signs, traffic signal and yellow stripes. Kids can bring their pedal cars and bikes. This road makes a complete loop in the center of which lies a grassy area and a sand pit with a rock climbing structure made of rubber and real rocks.

Outside the mini road are two sets of swings conveniently placed near one another over wood chips, one for toddlers with full-bucket swings and the other with big kid swings. They are far enough away from running kids, a clever safety precaution. But if you are going with kids who differ in age and want to be pushed at the same time, you will need to get creative. There is a toddler section on a cheerful rubber matting with it’s own plastic and metal climbing structure with straight slides, a tube slide and several coil riders in the shape of motor cycles. For older kids there is another metal and plastic play structure with bridges and climbing ladders, horizontal bars and more. This area requires supervision since much of it borders on rubber matting that falls away at a steep incline. When sand gets on this incline, the surface becomes very slick.

The other older kid area is in the shade of oak trees. There is a combination of new and old equipment with slides, and a rather serious climbing wall. Young kids will be tempted to wander here.

Outside the fence are 7 picnic and barbecue sites, which can be reserved, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, and a basketball court.

Bonus

Post Office, shops and duck pond are right near by.

Bathrooms

Public Restrooms are near the tennis courts, but they are quite a walk away and are hard to negotiate with a stroller.

Drinking Water

Drinking fountains exist including a vintage lion that tends to get clogged with shovel-fulls of sand.

Parking

Large lot.

Other

Can get very crowded especially on weekends.

Belvedere Park

Community Rd
Belvedere, CA 94920
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

After the extensive remodel, one original item remains. It’s the play house. It is still high off the ground, but is now approached by a sturdy staircase with side rails. The rest of the play areas have fresh new sand, and a soft rubber composite around the perimeter of many items such as the white and blue tug boat and fancy blue spider web climber. Cement paths weave throughout making it easy to negotiate strollers. There is a large sand pit area with a shovel digger and coil rocker. At one end of the playground are a couple of toddler full bucket swings, and all the way on the other end are two big kid swings and a tire swing. In between these two swing areas, are three separate play structures some more challenging than others with monkey bars, rings and slides. This playground accommodates a broad age-range of kids but keep in mind that it can be tricky to keep an eye on children at opposite ends. There is a low sitting wall with decorated tiles and wooden benches to sit on and have a snack. Most of the shade is found on the toddler side. The area is fully fenced in.

Bonus

Outside the fence is a charming picnic area, basketball court, barbecue facilities, a small field of grass and shade.

Bathrooms

You will find real bathrooms in the adjacent City Hall.

Drinking Water

Yes.

Parking

Neighborhood parking.

Other

Food is very near by. You can either walk or drive to downtown Tiburon for a variety of goodies. Try the Sweden House Bakery and nibble a pastry while watching boats sail by.

Bolinas Community Park

Tamalpais Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

The folks in Bolinas enjoy their unique privacy and would prefer that we do not provide specific directions. If, however, you find yourself in Bolinas and need a playground to visit, this one is near the fire station. The first thing you will notice once you park is the large basketball court, soccer field and baseball field. Beyond these to the right are two play areas. The toddler area is over sand. It has a wooden playhouse structure with climbing ramp, two slides, monkey bars and a toddler seesaw. The big kids’ area has a sign that recommends it is best for 5 to 12 year olds. The multi-level wooden play structure is over wood chips and has a unique plastic triple side-by-side slide, rings, and fireman’s pole. There is a swing set which houses two swings for older kids and two for younger. The toddler bucket swings have a clever removable strap for easier access. There is one picnic table and limited shade.

Bonus

Plywood skate board park next to parking.

Bathrooms

Portable toilet under pine tree.

Drinking Water

Yes, water cooler near grandstand of second baseball field.

Parking

Lot is fenced off from play area but without a gate.