Where to spend 306 days of San Mateo Sun
At Bay Meadows, we’re home to more than 18-acres of rambling open space, sustainably designed streetscapes, ribbons of trails and a series of one-of-a-kind pocket parks. Canopies of mature trees dot the landscape, decreasing heat island effects. Drought-tolerant and habitat-oriented plants lessen water consumption while providing favorite haunts for migrating birds and pollinating bees and butterflies. We even have an elaborate storm water treatment system that filters street runoff before it enters our onsite treatment pond.
The Peninsula's most celebrated community garden
A jewel box at the end of the View Corridor
Persimmon Park is a celebrated community garden and gathering spot that cultivates friendships along with bushels of organic and sustainable fruits and veggies. It features 99 gardening beds available to Bay Meadows residents for tilling, planting and harvesting.
The surrounding orchard brims with fruit-bearing trees, including apples, lemons, and, of course, persimmons. A communal harvest table flanked by a prep kitchen and appropriately mighty grill make it a piece of cake (or cress) to come together to celebrate bounty and community. You can also settle in under the shady grove near the eucalyptus sculptures designed by local artist Evan Shively.
Surrounded by a grove of persimmon trees.
Edible container gardening offers a variety of options.
Herbs grow great under the San Mateo sun and offer fun salad additions year round.
Residents can enjoy a community harvest day from the Star Apple inspiration beds.
Persimmon Park offers the perfect spot for picnic gatherings and gardening lessons.
Star Apple: Edible + Fine Gardening
A San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm, Star Apple has focused the design of Persimmon Park on organic edible gardening. They bring together ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture to create a beautiful integrated landscape at the heart of Bay Meadows. Residents looking for tips and tricks to enhance their green thumbs enjoy weekly access to Master Gardener Mike of Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardeners. Star Apple also hosts our monthly garden seminar, Dig It where we welcome the public to join for educational fun.See Latest Blog Post >
The first Saturday of every month
Persimmon Park Community Garden is a gathering spot to cultivate friendships along with killer veggies. Dig It, hosted by Star Apple Edible+Fine Gardening, is a series of fun, educational events aimed at helping you on your way to a bountiful harvest. Come help the Bay Meadows community grow.
Plants of Bay Meadows
All of our plantings were selected for drought tolerance, hardiness and the ability to support regional habitat, including pollinators and bird species. (It doesn’t hurt that they’re great looking, too.) In addition, our rain gardens and biofiltration plants have featured swale plant species selected for inundation tolerance, attractiveness, size, hardiness, and habitat value.
The Family-Oriented Park
It takes a village
The most family-friendly of the Bay Meadows parks, Paddock Park features an expansive playground for tots featuring the latest in playground equipment. In addition to the large gated playground (including an old fashioned sandbox!), Paddock Park boasts one of our favorite picnic spots located under a mature, shady tree. Residents enjoy pick-up basketball games after work on the ½ court and families can often be observed playing badminton or Frisbee on the large lawn space on weekend afternoons.
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Plenty of space for tykes on wheels.
Fun in the sun at Paddock Park.
Shoot some hoops and show off your skills.
Bike trails are as much a part of Bay Meadows as pocket parks, open space and streetscapes. With miles of crisscrossing paths to zip on across San Mateo, Bay Meadows gives you and your wheels plenty of places to explore and ways to connect to neighboring communities and downtown San Mateo.
Bay Meadows Park
Where the community comes to play
Bay Meadows Park is made for action. Along with being our largest park — a sprawling 12-acres flanking 28th E. Avenue — it’s also our sportiest. Satisfy your ball-fix on our meticulously groomed baseball and soccer fields or at the lawn bowling court. Gather with family and friends at one of two picnic areas stocked with picnic tables and outdoor grills — perfect spots to catch up and hang out. Add in a dog-loving vibe, a wetland garden and loads of space to run around, and Bay Meadows Park has it all. In fact, it’s such a big, welcoming space, local community youth leagues take to the fields all year long.
For more information on local youth programs, hosting your own special events and more, check out the San Mateo Parks & Recreation page.
Join us for Movies in the Meadow for lively nights of fun and frivolity under the San Mateo Stars. Our recurring series takes advantage of warm summer nights to celebrate classic family-friendly cinema with friends and neighbors. The event offers plenty to do with local brews, dinner served up truck side and roving entertainment and lawn games for all. To stay informed of upcoming flicks sign up for our Movies in the Meadow mailing list.
Boisterous sidewalk cafes. Local artisan mercantiles. Farmers Market. Town Square will become the civic destination of Bay Meadows — an energetic and dynamic urban core pulsing with activity morning to night. Commanding attention at the foot of the CalTrain station, it’s modeled after European plazas and will include an large central fountain at the focal point. Shops, restaurants, offices and a loads of outdoor seating areas will surround the Square, making it the prime destination for everyone to celebrate life in motion.
The park for long strolls and great escapes
Art in the Park
If you crave a place to relax and re-energize — say, a three-block long stretch of elegant pathways, discrete alcoves, lush ornamental plantings and dramatic experiential sculptures — then grab a book, food, friend or colleague (or all of the above) and head to Linear Park. Flanked by residential buildings, this is our most formal and contemplative space. Here you can settle in for some me time on park benches or us time around tables in garden rooms topped with arbors. You can also catch some rays on the expansive lawn or do some group brainstormings on the bocce ball court.