3901 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (650) 493-2760
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This long and narrow 13.8-acre (5.5-hectare) park is located between Barron and Matadero avenues. This park was originally the property of Stanford physicist Cornelis Bol, from whom it acquires its name, and it once served as a pasture for donkeys. Even today, you can see and play with the remaining two donkeys on Sundays and special visit days. It is a nice place to go for a run or to take along children, who will appreciate this unique playground.
Hoover Park has something for everyone: large grassy areas, two children's playgrounds, a baseball field, tennis and handball courts, basketball courts, a picnic area and a dog run. One of the unique features of the park is the dry creek bed where an artificial creek once flowed but was drained due to the drought of 1976. The park is a perfect place for your little ones to play around while you sit down with a good book and soak in the nature under the cool shades of the trees. If you own a dog this would be a great place to find new friends for your pet. Restrooms are also available so are pooper-scoopers.
Spread over 21.4 acres (8.66 hectares) in Southern Palo Alto, the Mitchell Park was established in 1957. This beautiful park provides a much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Named for J. Pearce Mitchell, a Palo Alto city councilman, the park was designed by Robert Royston. As such, Mitchell Park offers a volley of recreational activities and facilities like horseshoe pits, handball courts, jogging paths, picnic spots, playgrounds and much more. Apart from this, there's a dog park where your furry friends can retreat to. All in all, Mitchell Park makes for a fun day out for the entire family.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church was founded in 1948 and completed in 1957. It is a traditional church with an equally traditional and impressive organ. This church performs a lot of community service and reaches out to the poor and the needy near Palo Alto and abroad. Everyone is invited to join the adult education programs that strive to help people understand God and God's words. Kids have a special service on Sundays. The sanctuary, chapel, and other rooms are open and available to the community for organizing various activities. Check out the Song of the Soul service on Sundays.
Named after a Mexican gold miner, Don Jesus Ramos, who settled in California, the Ramos Park is one of the many public parks in the city. This green expanse is a perfect space to laze around with a book or enjoy sports with your kids or friends. It features amenities like playground, basketball hoop, picnic spots, BBQ facilities and benches too.
Alta Mesa Memorial Park, established in early 1900s, is located on Arastradero Road. The non-denominational burial place covers 72 acres (29.13 hectares) of beautifully landscaped grounds. The old cemetery includes several ground burials and beautiful mausoleums. Many important citizens have been interred here, like Father of Silicon Valley, Frederick Terman, the writer, Kathleen Thompson Norris and David Packard, the founder of Hewitt-Packard, to name a few.
It is here that Steve Job's stayed in the 1990s! Right here on Waverly Street, this adorable, Tudor-style house was home to the iconic entrepreneur. Jobs enjoyed a quite family life in this sleepy suburban-ish neighborhood, where his children went to school. It is here that the beloved tech mogul breathed his last surrounded by his wife and children in 2011. Steve Jobs's House on Waverly Street has ever since become somewhat of a tourist attraction for visiting techies and students from nearby University area.
Named after Alexander Peers, a prominent resident and former president of Mayfield Bank, the Peers Park is a green space of the city. This park offers different activities for locals that include kids playing area, tennis and basketball courts and a field house. The Peers Park Field House can also be rented for private events. Check website for more details.
Bliss in the Moment Sculpture is a dedication to cycling advocate Mr. Bill Bliss by local artists James Moore. The sculpture is located between Embarcadero and San Antonio Roads. The Bay Trail is frequented by a number of cycling enthusiasts and hence the sculpture was erected at this spot. The sculpture is of an abstracted cyclist on his bike waiting to catch a breath and enjoy the view of the landscape. Symbolically, the simple sculpture goes on to express the fact that hope is always intermingled with future but only with dedicated action in the present.
One of the biggest parks in the city of Palo Alto, Greer Park is a place that is good for some fresh air. One can enjoy some recreational sports at this park, with basketball courts, soccer and softball fields and baseball diamonds in the park premises, along with a skateboard park. Kids and families will like to spend time at the playground, or picnic areas, some with barbecue pits as well. They also have a fenced area for dogs.
The Elizabeth Gamble Garden is a 2.5-acre (one hectare) property that includes a historic Victorian home, carriage house, tea house, a gazebo, and formal and demonstration gardens. The garden is home to fruit trees, a herb garden, several varieties of irises, perennials, roses, wisterias and a Mediterranean garden. If you come at just the right time of year, you may even see the garden at the peak of its cherry blossom season! Home gardening classes taught by master gardeners are offered throughout the year, and tours are available for groups of eight or more who call in advance; the property is also a popular site for weddings and wedding receptions. Admission is free to the public every day during daylight hours, though the office is only open during weekdays.
Hanna House is a masterpiece designed in 1936 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Stanford professor Paul Hanna and his wife. The unique thing about this building is that there are no right angles in its construction - its unusual hexagonal design earned it the nickname of the "Honeycomb House." The property was gifted to Stanford University in 1975. It was used to house four university provosts until the 1989 earthquake, which caused severe damage that was hard to repair because of its unique geometry. Hanna House is now a public attraction and can be visited on certain days each month. The site is open every other Saturday and Sunday, please check the website for specific days and hours.