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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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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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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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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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Arroyo Avichi Park

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Arroyo Avichi Park

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,...

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Bolinas Community Park

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Bolinas Community Park

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...

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