Hal Brown Park

Bon Air Road
Kentfield, CA 94904
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

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 parking on McAllister Ave and Berens Drive and walking past Bacich school.

Other

This is a great park especially if you have kids who like to ride bikes. Take advantage of the long paths along the bay.

Gerstle Park

San Rafael Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

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 and an elaborate play structure on sand. The upper playground as been removed and replaced except for the unique climbing dragon.

Bathrooms

Toilets with running water.

Drinking Water

Fountains.

Parking

Neighborhood street.

Web

http://www.gerstlepark.com/

Bret Harte Park

Irwin St
San Rafael, CA 94901
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

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 stand waiting for a volley ball net, bring your own. Plenty of shade. The times we visited, people brought dogs on leashes. Although this play ground is handicap accessible with the blacktop, it does not have any special equipment.

Bathrooms

Portable toilet.

Drinking water

Fountain.

Parking

Neighborhood.

Other

BBQ pit with picnic table

Info

www.bretharte.org

Arroyo Avichi Park

Taft Ct
Novato, CA 94947
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

Because of its close proximity to a baseball field, this playground looks to be part of a school. It is not. You are welcome to play here. The one thing unique to this place is that there is not a big central play structure but several different smaller items. The most impressive is the double water tube tunnel on a spongy rubber surface which is functional in hot weather months. Next is a yellow pyramid rope climber and a canoe and two toddler full-bucket swings all on woodchips. There is a circular sandbox with a sculpture of a bear in the center. The last play area has two big kid swings, one large enough for an adult to hold a child on their lap. There is a tall curly slide and two stone sculptures, one a sphere and the other an arch. There is a small grassy area with many picnic tables and a mini amphitheater with a small circle stage and two rows of benches. The area is all wheelchair and stroller accessible because of the cement sidewalks. Near the shade of trees and the baseball bleachers is a small barbecue and picnic table. Note this playground is not fenced in so watch the creek and road.

Bathrooms

Yes. Portable potty by the Arthur St entrance.

Drinking water

Yes.

Other

Dog friendly place with pick-up mitt dispenser. One handicap parking spot.