A Step Out of the City, #1

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Welcome to the first installment of an occasional series titled, “A Step Out of the City.” Though MetroBlogging has a dedicated cadre of intrepid reporters outside the San Francisco city limits, I want this series to reflect places a city resident can visit by a short (usually) trip over a bridge or down the peninsula.

On the occasion of a friend’s son’s first birthday party today, my family drove over the Golden Gate into Marin. In twenty minutes we were in the shadow of Mt. Tamalpais at the newly renovated Eastwood Park, a short distance up Highway 1 past the Tam Junction.

Eastwood Park is a small, but beautiful neighborhood park with a new playground and a new grass area that was just opened a week ago today. The park is surrounded by trees and there are patches of blackberry brambles ripe for the picking right now (unlike the brambles in the western end of Golden Gate Park, which need a couple of more weeks). There are a handful of picnic tables and small grills available. However, the restroom has not been built, yet, and I was surprised that not even a port-o-potty was provided. Guess you gotta squat in the brush surrounding the park and hope not to scrape poison oak.

The playground proved very popular with all of the babies, toddlers, and older kids at the party. There are a few play structures, swing sets, and a sand and water mixing area. Here’s a picture of my daughter Hana (with the red bat) having a good time.

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The playground uses sand, wood chips, and that soft, spongy asphalt-like material for the kids’ safety. I highly recommend this spot for a picnic with kids.

Directions:
From Mill Valley exit off Highway 1: Go 0.3 mile on Hwy 1 to Tam Junction; Turn left at the light staying on Hwy 1; Continue 0.7 mi.; Turn Left onto Northern Avenue; Go 0.4 mi.; Turn Right onto Eastwood; Go 0.1 turn Left on Glenwood; Go one block and arrive at Eastwood Park on the left.

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