There are two great “pocket” parks in Mill Valley that I love and that are fabulous for kids. They’re both in the flats of Mill Valley in the neighborhood generally known as “Sycamore Park”. They are set back behind and surrounded by houses on all sides. The lack of street frontage creates a quiet, traffic-free environment which is so much safer for little kids and so much more relaxing for the adults watching them.
The first pocket park is Freeman Park, which sits behind the houses on Ryan and Nelson Avenues. There are paths from both of those streets into the park, where you’ll find beautiful lawns, big shade trees, a half basketball court, swings and jungle gym, plus barbeque grills and picnic tables.
The other park is Sycamore Park, with a truly awesome climbing structure, in both size and features, as well as a large and enclosed Tot Lot, and two really big open fields. It’s accessed via Sycamore Avenue and Park Terrace.
Dogs are welcome at both parks but must be on leash.
- Freeman Park: Enter from Ryan or Nelson Avenue (map)
- Sycamore Park: Enter from Sycamore Avenue or Park Terrace (map)