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Central Park - San Mateo
Central Park - San Mateo

Central Park - San Mateo

8.36 reviews
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50 E 5th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 522-7440
https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/718/Central-Recreation-Center
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Santa Cruz

When you have 2 kids you spend a lot of time at parks... This is a decent one. But my favorite activity here is the music on the park. Free music, inexpensive food and you are allowed to drink beer or wine. Perfect for parents.

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San Francisco, California

Find the animals at the park, as well as the train too. Lots to explore Japanese and Rose Garden and much much more!

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Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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Central Park is located off of El Camino Real. Besides all the open green, garden, and forest space, the Park has beautiful Japanese Tea Garden, sports fields, benches, and a small children's train that runs occasionally. It also features a historic:

- 900-foot artistic stone and iron fence built to protect and border the property on the west side along the El Camino Real.

- Italian-made cast-iron dog statue that stands guard along the path near the Ninth Avenue entrance.

I first discovered Central Park in San Mateo when I first moved the Bay Area in 1984. My first apartment was in Belmont (on Winding Way) and in the summer evenings I would stop at a cool and unfortunately long gone bookstore and coffee shop, and then wander over and relax in the Park. Most recently, Gayle and I were on the Peninsula, and while she was visiting a friend, I reacquainted myself with this large and lovely 16 acre park.

The Park was once the estate home of Charles B. Polhemus, director of the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad and founder of downtown San Mateo. He lived on the grounds in a 13-room Victorian mansion in the mid-1800s. In the 1870s, William Kohl, a sea captain and founding partner of the Alaska Commercial Co., began buying large parcels of property in the area, including the Polhemus property, which he acquired in 1880.

Kohl managed the very successful Alaskan trade and after many years at sea, established his home on the property in San Mateo and his business headquarters in San Francisco. During his 30 years living on the grounds, Kohl oversaw extensive plantings and landscaping, which have been largely preserved. The city of San Mateo then purchased the 16 acres in 1922 for $80,000 (a pittance by today's Peninsula real estate standards).

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Portland, Oregon, USA

Great dog park in Fitzgerald Field mornings 6-8am M-sat.

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