Park Days + Picnic Fixings

When you call Bay Meadows home, every day is a picnic. Pack a basket and head out your door at The Morgan where 18-acres of rambling open space and fun awaits around every turn at Bay Meadows.  Our neighborhood makes for an ideal picnic destination with ribbons of trails and a series of one-of-a-kind pocket parks made with all of your favorite activities in mind.  You’ll find plenty of ways to connect and reenergize in our Mid-Peninsula spot which enjoys 360 days of sunshine, here are a few tips to make the most of your park days, play dates and picnics:

Bay Meadows Park. You’ll find so much green space that it’s a breeze to spread out a picnic blanket, pop up the umbrella and pick a spot to play lawn games. Bay Meadows Park has everything you need for fun in the sun, including play fields, picnic spots, even a duck pond. Perfect for running with your pup or flying a kite, there are so many ways to enjoy this open area including, cornhole, badminton, ultimate frisbee, volleyball or the classic kite and hoola hoop. You’ll even see families biking the big loop together away from traffic.  If you’re in a pickle about what to take along on your picnic, here are a few of the best picnic foods: oven-fried Ranch picnic chicken, pasta salad, deviled eggs, Mojito watermelon, pressed Italian picnic sandwiches, lemonade and brownies.

Landing Green Park. A formal and contemplative space, Landing Green Park is a three-block long stretch of elegant pathways, discrete alcoves, lush ornamental plantings and dramatic experiential sculptures. Landing Green Park is graced by a striking metal sculpture, “San Mateo Bridge,” by internationally acclaimed sculptor and San Mateo native Chuck Ginnever. The park is perfect for gathering a small squad, picking up your favorite savory square pie from Slices Pizza, a bottle of wine and playing some bocce on the court in the park. Looking for a more intimate afternoon? There’s something so fantastic about the process of packing a picnic basket with all your favorite goodies. Fill the picnic basket lunch for two, grab a couple of lounge chairs or secure some personal time on the park benches with your sun hat, shades, and a good book from B&N.

Persimmon Park. This community garden grows beautiful friendships along with knockout edibles. Delightful tree-like sculptures by Bay Area artist and arborist Evan Shively welcome visitors to Persimmon Park, providing a climbing structure for kids and a reminder of our region’s natural resources. Toss your summer’s bounty on the grill and serve the feast to family and friends on the communal table.  This is the spot where garden-to-table is celebrated. With a hot grill already fired up for grilled kebabs, slice up fresh vegetables and toss them on the grill for a simple mezze-ish platter side. You can also chop them up for a healthy pasta salad, add them to healthy Mediterranean grain bowls, or turn them into grilled veggie sandwiches slathered with ricotta cheese. Enjoy this refreshing berry iced tea on a warm afternoon.

Paddock Park. The 1.5-acre Paddock Park is made for family-fun and shenanigans. Packed with all sorts of kid-friendly attractions, you’ll have a kick-back afternoon watching the kids play at Paddock Park and a pick up a game of H O R S E at the hoops. To give yourself less work and more time to actually enjoy, stick to foods that are low-prep and easy to pack yet full of nutrients to power your kids and their day of fun. Try these fun kid-approved picnic idea recipes: avocado-ranch chicken wraps, snack mix, PBJ on a stick, or a bento box.

Experience #baymeadowslife. Every day at The Morgan is another opportunity to explore what San Mateo and the San Francisco Peninsula has to offer— all nestled under 360 days of sun conveniently located between San Francisco and San Jose. #themorgansm