This Saturday, San Jose is celebrating the expansion of a local PlayGarden with new all-inclusive features. The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Department, Mayor Matt Mahan, Councilmember Dev Davis, Rotary Club of San José, and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy invite residents to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion of the Rotary PlayGarden. This expansion offers new all-inclusive play features for children of all ages and abilities.
The new amenities allow for imaginative play and exploration of natural settings, which include a labyrinth, an upside-down tree, willow arbor, nature play, motion play areas, and zip lines. The expansion also adds picnic areas, planting, irrigation, and other site furnishings to the park.
The expansion was funded by a County of Santa Clara All-Inclusive Playground Grant. The construction began in May 2022 and concluded in June 2023, bringing a refreshed look to this all-inclusive community space. This all-inclusive playground was designed to provide equal use of integrated environments for children and families of all abilities to develop essential physical, social, and cognitive skills.
The original PlayGarden, completed in 2015, was a $6 million centennial initiative led by the Rotary Club of San José. The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy actively manages the PlayGarden in partnership with community volunteers and members to support maintenance, programs, and staffing of the play space. To date, over 950,000 have visited the Rotary PlayGarden.
For more information about the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, visit www.grpg.org.