Parks, Pools, & Community Centers
The City of San Mateo operates 19 parks with a combined 200 acres including 6 community centers and several pools.
San Mateo is on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula which has more parks, farmland, beaches and other open spaces than any other major urban area in the United States. After 100 years of advocacy by park lovers, hikers and environmental groups like Peninsula Open Space Trust, roughly 75 percent of all the land is either permanently protected in parks or open space, or at low risk of development because it is zoned for farming or other rural uses.
Central Park & Recreation Center
The city’s central jewel with a rose garden, mini-train, open space for events and more.
On any given day the Senior Center may host a yoga class, history seminar, bingo, billiards or mahjong.
Martin Luther King Community Center & Pool
A busy place for local children, featuring classes and events throughout the year.
Marina Lagoon Area
An aesthetic amenity and recreation area for three San Mateo Parks with swimming areas and athletic fields.
Coyote Point has a playground, museum, golf course and access to the Bay Trail, marina and more.
225-acres with picnic tables, a playground and trails up Sugarloaf Mountain.
Los Prados Park
301 East 28th Avenue – (near San Mateo Event Center)
Full size soccer field, picnic area and grass area and a long walking path around the park & pond. Off-leash dog park open daily from 6 to 10am
Parkside Aquatic Park
Parkside Aquatic Park is off of Seal Street in San Mateo offers swimming, beach area and playground with a concession stand and a boat launch. No inflatable jumpers or alcohol is allowed.
Harborview, Ryder Park and Seal Point are connected by the Bay Trail for walking, cycling, bird watching and water activities.
Casanova Park / Laurie Meadows Park
Casanova neighborhood park is connected to Laurie Meadows Park by a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Laurel Creek that separates the 2 parks.
Bayside Park & Joinville Pool
With a view of Lagoon Island Park, Bayside Park amenities include a playground, dog park, ball fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, and the seasonal outdoor Joinville Swim Center.
Beresford Park & Recreation Center
Lighted tennis courts, bocce ball courts, a skate park, garden and picnic areas, a community center with classes and more.
Crystal Springs Regional Trail with plans to connect to the 1,210-mile Juan Bautista DeAnza National Historic Trail.
Rancho Corral de Tierra
Rancho Corral de Tiera is the southern part of the nearly 4,000 acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Bair Island and the Bay's National Wildlife Complex
20,000 acres of National Wildlife Refuge at the southern end of San Francisco Bay.