Almost every town in Marin has a neighborhood that is old and quaint and focused around a lovely old park. San Rafael’s is Gerstle Park, with the neighborhood and the park of the same name. Once the site of the wealthy San Francisco Gerstle family’s summer home, it now features large open grassy areas, benches and picnic tables scattered throughout, children’s play structures and sand box, the famous climbing dragon as well as basketball and tennis courts.
It’s a great venue for grabbing a sandwich and having a really quiet lunch, meeting with other parents of young kids who love the play structures and swings, shooting a game of hoops, or walking the dog (be sure to clean up). The tranquility makes it a great place to take a blanket, spread out on the lawn with a good book and just while away a few hours in the warm sun.
Tonight is the annual Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association (GNPA) Meeting , which is a great place to find out all of the activities planned for the year and the people who make it all happen. The vote for new board members also takes place tonight. It’s being held at Trinity Church, 333 Woodland Avenue, from 6:30 – 8:30 (map).
Where: San Rafael Avenue between Clark Street and Lodge Lane (map)
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Amenities: Drinking fountains, picnic tables and restrooms