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Central Park, San Mateo

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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 southwest), 5th Avenue (to the northwest), Laurel Avenue (to the northeast) and 9th Avenue (to the southeast). It was established via a 1922 bond measure of US$80,000 (equivalent to $1,300,000 in 2021) 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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  • nice, slightly dirty, homelessness present, playground, icecream trollys, bathrooms, stage, its quite nice actually 
    nice, slightly dirty, homelessness present, playground, icecream trollys, bathrooms, stage, its quite nice actually  more »
  • We went to Central Park and enjoyed seeing the Japanese Gardens. There are also sports field. There are trails for walking and biking 
    We went to Central Park and enjoyed seeing the Japanese Gardens. There are also sports field. There are trails for walking and biking  more »
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  • Big beautiful park with lots to see and do. We were sad to have missed the Japanese Garden (closes at 4!), but took the opportunity to visit the rose garden and walk around the play areas. Lots of parties happening in the picnic grove, giving the area a festive air. Appreciated the bathrooms. Loved the shade/fern garden, but nothing can beat those roses! Lovely stop!
  • Great little park in the middle of San Mateo. It does have a Japanese Garden, clean restrooms, a children playground and more. In the winter it has an outdoor ice skating rink. The park is well maintained. Parking is not free, and you should add credit to park on the street.

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