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Parks & Outdoor Activities


During the Stay At Home  California state order, please remember that parks are only open for passive use like walking or jogging.  As per the updated parks order effective May 18, 2020, San Rafael Parks are once again accessible by motorized vehicles, but park amenities such as bathrooms, playgrounds and picnic areas remain closed to help reduce the spread of disease. Gatherings, sports, and pickup games are not allowed. Maintain a social distance of 6-feet from others, and don't forget to bring your face covering. Thank you for helping to be a part of “flattening the curve” and slowing the spread of the virus.


With 19 city parks, China Beach State Park along the Bay and plenty of open space, there’s a place for you, your family and friends to enjoy.


San Rafael Parks

Enjoy picnic areas, trails, playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts. A number of parks can be reserved for your events.

China Camp State Park

Hike, run or bike the beautiful trails.  Relax and enjoy the views from picnic areas or at the little beach. Kayak, canoe, paddle board or swim in the calm bay waters. Experience California history at the preserved Chinese fishing village.  Explore the salt marsh on the interpretive Turtleback Trail.

Marin County Parks

Parks range in size from mini-parks that serve local neighborhoods to large-scale regional parks that serve thousands of people with a wide variety of amenities and facilities.

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