Monday, December 17, 2012

The Parks of Redwood City

Feeling cramped with all the holiday guests and indoor parties and festivities? Then take the time to get outside and visit some of this area's beautiful parks. We are fortunate to have so many open spaces at our disposal, allowing us to get out of the concrete mentality and reconnect with Mother Nature.

Take Time to Visit Redwood City's Local Parks

Redwood city has more than 30 parks. Some are less than an acre, others are 400+ acre multi-use parks. There are parks for dogs and skaters too. Here's an overview of some of the most popular.
  1. Neighborhood parks. Don't forget to take advantage of your neighborhood park. Whether you give the kids a much needed 30-minute play break amidst running errands, or lay on the grass and enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner, neighborhood parks are a place where you can enjoy being outside and meeting some of your other community members. Here is a map of the parks west of 101. Here is a map of parks to the east of 101.
  2. Hoover Park. Although also considered a neighborhood park, Hoover Park is one of the largest at just over 10 acres. It is a multi-use park that provides a dog park, summer swim facilities, and three large picnic areas which don't get reserved as often as some of Redwood City's other public park facilities. It also has basketball courts and ball fields if you want to get a group together for an organized sporting event. This park makes a great place for a family reunion as there is a little something for everyone.
  3. Wunderlich Park. If you have something larger than a neighborhood park in mind, head over to Wunderlich Park. Maintained by the San Mateo County park's system, Wuderlich offers a beautiful trail system which will take you through Redwoods, Oaks, Madrones, and open meadow spaces. It is also the home of this historic Folger Family Ranch.
  4. Huddart Park. Huddart Park is another place to feel "off-the-beaten-path" while it's actually just a short distance from Highway 84. It offers BBQ pits, sheltered group picnic areas, ample playgrounds, and trails for hiking and/or riding. You and/or your family will enjoy the transitions from dense Redwood forests to open grassy meadows.
  5. Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve. If the flower-less winter months get you down, just hold out until spring and clear a full calendar day to visit the Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve. It is famous for its spring wildflower displays, although it's a fantastic place to visit year-round. in fact, the winter months can be some of the best if you want a quiet get away without the presence of a lot of people. There are more than 467 acres of woodlands to hike, explore, and provide a gorgeous feast for your eyes.
Edgewood Park

We're so fortunate to live in an area with so many beautiful well maintained parks and open spaces. Make sure you make the effort and visit at least a few of them with friends and family this next year! Also, don't forget to keep an eye on happenings hosted by the Redwood City Parks department on their website here or on their Facebook page.

Do you have a favorite RWC park or a favorite spot in one you'd like to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!

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