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Rotary Playgarden, San Jose

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The Rotary PlayGarden is the Rotary Club of San Jose’s centennial gift to the community.

Rotary’s goal was to provide an inclusive place to play for all children and their families so they solicited input from the Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Andreas Regional Center, city parks staff, and families raising children with special needs to determine what features to include.

The proposal for the PlayGarden went to the San Jose City Council after it had adopted a resolution in 2010 that no new parks would be built unless they had a privately funded maintenance plan. Recognizing that the city’s lack of operations and maintenance funds could jeopardize the project, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (GRPC) assumed responsibility for ongoing maintenance so the PlayGarden could move forward.

The resulting PlayGarden design incorporates

standard play elements and adds adaptive swings, a wheelchair-accessible merry go round, kinetic art, sensory experiences, and much more. The design takes advantage of the proximity to Mineta San Jose International Airport and features the wildlife found along Guadalupe River.

Rotary collected over 400 donations from members, individuals, corporations, government agencies, and foundations to fund the project.

The stunning six-million-dollar project, which includes a new parking lot and reconfigured intersection, creates an inviting place for children with special needs to play alongside their siblings and friends.

GRPC's goal is for the Rotary PlayGarden to be the cleanest and safest park in the South Bay. To achieve that goal, the entrance will be staffed, and no dogs, bicycles, skateboards, inflatables or BBQs will be allowed in the PlayGarden.

The hours will vary by season and be 10 am to 6:30 pm daily during the summer and 10 am to 4:00 pm the rest of the year.

Two areas can be reserved in advance; all other areas/tables are first come, first served.

The six-table picnic area and amphitheater can each be reserved for $125 for a two-hour period.

An online reservation system will be live soon. www.grpg.org/rpg/picnic Proceeds from the reservations will be spent to maintain the PlayGarden.

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (GRPC), a

non-profit organization, provides community

leadership for the development and active use of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens through education, advocacy and stewardship.

GRPC produces Pumpkins in the Park and the Super Guadalupe River Run, provides hands-on, science-based education in the park for nearly 5,000 students each year, and coordinates over 17,000 volunteer hours each year in service of the park. GRPC will also provide programming in the PlayGarden.

GRPC is raising money for the PlayGarden’s

programming and upkeep; please consider making a tax-deductible donation. http://www.grpg.org/rpg
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  • The Rotary playground is a safe and imaginative place to take children of all ages to exercise and explore. My hats off to the Rotary Club and the thoughtful designers of this wonderful city park.  more »
  • No special or great equipment was installed, but it was a good place for kids to play in the spacious space.
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  • Street parking around the garden was easy to find even though it was busy. We loved how the homes looked in the area. When we walked in, we noticed families on picnics, people chilling all around the place, a wedding couple taking some photos, lots of kids playing and people taking photos of the roses. Great spot to walk around, take photos or just chill. Mink raved about this place to her mom so we made sure to take her here when she visited.
  • Very nice play area and kids would love it. Couple of hours can be spent easily and creative setup out there. There is mini rock climbing, bouncy, swings, seesaw and many. Neat restrooms and plenty of sit out areas for parents. It has about 40-50 free parking spots. Close to SJC airport and so plane spotting is bonus. This one became one of our favorite for my daughter and myself :)

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