Bridgeway at Litho St., Sausalito CA 94965 (See Map Below)
Neighborhood: Caledonia St. and New Town. Some parking on dirt and gravel area, metered and free street nearby. Click here to return to the Sausalito Parks Index Page.
Dunphy Park is adjacent to the Bay and runs along Bridgeway. In addition to the shoreline, it has a beautiful white gazebo that is a popular wedding and photo spot (rented through Sausalito’s Park and Rec Department), a wide expanse of grass, a sand volleyball pit and a bocce ball court. A small “beach” is adjacent to San Francisco Bay at the edge of the Park, but attempts to add sand there have been unsuccessful and the footing can only be described as muddy.
For the 25 years before 1970 this parcel of land at the southern edge of the former World War II Marinship Shipyards was informally used as Sausalito’s town dump. Then a developer proposed cleaning up the area and building a big apartment complex, igniting a wave of opposition from local residents. Sausalito voters went to the polls and approved a $560,000 bond to buy the land and create the Park. Volunteers designed the Park and contributed most of the labor for its construction, limiting the cash outlay to only about $50,000. The Park was officially opened in 1972.
Two adjacent parcels were purchased in 2003 to prevent their being built on by developers after another failed project proposal, although they remain fenced off absent a plan and budget for their integration into the Park. A volunteer group is currently working to shepherd such a plan through fundraising and approvals.