San Anselmo Memorial Park has been a great place for kids for well over half a century. Its Millenium playground has about the best climbing structures I’ve seen in Marin – one just for toddlers and a larger one for older kids. The train theme of the toddlers area has its roots in the start of San Anselmo, which started life as “Junction”, named for the junction where two railroad lines crossed. The older kids area has a dinosaurs and robots them, with a second set of swings for older kids.
Kids birthday parties take place all the time in the park, and you can reserve picnic areas and bring in jumping structures as well.
In addition to being great for kids, the park has an Elder Garden, where quieter activities are offered, including areas for chess, gardening, reading or horseshoes. It was designed as an intergenerational area.
The park sits back off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, and can be accessed via San Francisco Boulevard or via the parking lot next to the Isabel Cook Recreation Center, by the tennis courts. There are also several ball fields, a soccer field and lots of picnic benches under the trees. And, there are drinking fountains and bathrooms, so you don’t have to worry about leaving ahead of schedule just to access the facilities.
Where: 1000 Dir Francis Drake Boulevard (or Veterans Place) San Anselmo, CA 94960 (map)
Hours: Open Daily from 30 minutes before Sunrise ’til 30 minutes after Sunset