The picnic area with barbecues are located in the shade.
Limited street. You might be better off doing neighborhood parking on McAllister Ave and Berens Drive and walking past Bacich school.
This is a great park especially if you have kids who like to ride bikes. Take advantage of the long paths along the bay.
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.
Toilets with running water.
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.
BBQ pit with picnic table
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.
Yes. Portable potty by the Arthur St entrance.
Dog friendly place with pick-up mitt dispenser. One handicap parking spot.