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Pickleweed Field and Park Project

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Project goals

  • Convert the field at Pickleweed to synthetic turf for year-round access
  • Install several other recreation features at Pickleweed Park, chosen based on community input




Pickleweed Park and the Albert J. Boro Community Center serve as a gathering point for San Rafael’s communities where partnerships and collaborations engage public, private and civil sectors in delivering services that better the neighborhood, the City of San Rafael and the County of Marin. For many in this densely populated neighborhood, the park is their front yard, back yard and source of education, spiritual fulfillment and recreation. Although soccer is the most popular sport in this neighborhood, the Park has the potential to accommodate a variety of activities, both on and off the field.

Aerial of Pickleweed

From July to November 2020, the City received public input on features the community would like to see in the park for year-round activities. Through community input, the City will pursue a competitive grant, thanks to the recent Proposition 68 Statewide Park Program, that if received could allow us to install several recreation features with year-round access.

Typically, the heavily used sports fields are closed for six months of the year to repair.  With community interest and proper funding, we can avoid closing the fields for half the year if synthetic turf is utilized. Other park features being suggested in addition to a multi-use fields included, group picnic area, amphitheater, bocce ball, futsal/basketball multi-use courts, backstop for baseball field, custom art play area or outdoor classroom, lighting, new paths, and additional trees for shade.

Plan for project execution:

  1. Receive community input on project features
  2. Complete Prop. 68 grant application to obtain funding for project
  3. If grant is secured
    • Hire a consultant to facilitate the final design and environmental/regulatory permits
    • Hire a contractor to construct the project


July 2020 – November 2020Five community outreach opportunities to identify top features for the project
July 2020 – March 2021City Staff to complete grant application
Summer 2021Notification of grant awards from California Department of Parks and Recreation
March 2025State deadline for project completion

Project contact

Theo Sanchez, PE | Associate Civil Engineer

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