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Central Park, San Mateo

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Central Park is the first public park in San Mateo, California, a 16.5-acre (7 ha) urban park bounded by El Camino Real (to the west), 5th Avenue (to the north), Laurel Avenue (to the east) and 9th Avenue (to the south). It was established via a 1922 bond measure of US$80,000 (equivalent to $1,220,000 in 2019) to purchase the land originally owned by Charles B. Polhemus, and currently hosts a baseball field, tennis courts, sculptures, playground, Japanese tea garden, recreation center, miniature train, rose garden and the San Mateo Arboretum.

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  • We went to Central Park and enjoyed seeing the Japanese Gardens. There are also sports field. There are trails for walking and biking  more »
  • It's a nice park in the middle of a city. Central Park provides a relaxing setting for people to hold a party, play sports, strolling, or simply lie on a blanket under the shade. The Japanese...  more »
  • Very nice park. Japanese garden, stone statues of animals line the entry bordered by beautiful flowering bushes. Large children's jungle gym with public bathrooms on site. Parking structures with parking meters adjacent to park. Free park concerts between 6 and 8 PM on Thursdays in summer which is well attended. Parking is scarce during these events.
  • Cute little park with a rose garden, small Japanese tea garden (with limited hours), and a playground. Close to shops and restaurants where you can pick up some food to enjoy on the lawn or on one of the many benches.
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