Best Sausalito Parks & Playgrounds
You can get permission for special activities and rent many Sausalito parks and facilities for weddings, events etc. at reasonable prices by contacting the Parks & Rec. Dept., who happen to be really nice people. They also organize other events like bocce ball leagues, as seen in the video below from before the upgrading of Dunphy Park.
Major Sausalito Parks near Bridgeway
Each Sausalito park listed below is in the portion of Sausalito clsest to visitor destinations and Sausalito businesses.
Bridgeway Promenade (Bridgeway Promenade) — Not technically a park, but a public walking and recreation area. The Promenade includes two long levels of public sidewalks that are immersed in the beautiful views of the Bay and San Francisco. Portions of the Promenade are the Sausalito Boardwalk, and the entire area is sometimes (inaccurately) referred to by that name.
Dunphy Park (Caledonia St. and New Town) — Location of the 4th of July city BBQ each year and many other events. Location of the town Bocce Ball courts and beach volleyball court. (OK, it’s about 50 yards from the actual shore of the bay, but it’s a large area filled with sand and a good net.) Dunphy Park went through a major renovation and expansion over the last three years, and is now one of the nicest parks in Marin, with its own paved parking lot. The gazebo (site of many first kisses, romantic rendezvous and weddings, was retained, and the recreational areas upgraded and expanded.
Marinship Park (Marinship) — CURRENTLY CLOSED Home to the Sausalito Art Festival each Labor Day Weekend, Marinship Park also has public tennis courts and a soccer fireld popular for summer league play.
Robin Sweeny Park (Caledonia St. and New Town) — Features popular basketball courts and a children’s playground, as well as a broad lawn. The children’s play area was completely renovated and upgraded recently, and surrounded by a fence. It’s one of the nicest children’s play areas in Marin.
Sausalito Dog Park (Nevada Valley) — Sausalito’s only enclosed off-leash dog exercise and socialization spot, located within Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Like all dog parks, use caution here since once in a while an owner brings an aggressive dog.
Schoonmaker Beach (Marinship) — Nestled in the calm waters inside a yacht harbor, this is an ideal destination for families with small kids. There is little wave action and the water at the beach is shallow.
Yee Tock Chee Park (Bridgeway Promenade) — We list this as a major park despite its tiny size because its perfect location for views of San Francisco makes it one of the busiest spots in Sausalito. A century ago it was a boarding area for the ferries to San Francisco, and you can still see concrete steps used by the ferry crews.
Small Sausalito Public Parks Near Bridgeway
Each Sausalito park in this section is adjacent to San Francisco Bay.
Municipal Fishing Pier (Bridgeway Promenade) This is a “Once and Future Park” that was used generations ago but then fell into disrepair, so it’s just a ruin jutting out into the Bay adjacent to The Trident restaurant. Plans to rebuild it with special Federal aid money have proven to be controversial and remain under discussion.
Neighborhood Sausalito Playgrounds & Retreats
All of these parks except South View Park are small neighborhood playgrounds with a patch of lawn and a play structure for young children. Each Sausalito park in this section lies in a residential neighborhood and is designed for on-foot access by neighbors, with little or no space for parking.
Why so many parks in a city of only 7,000 people?
1. 100 years ago Sausalito was a major railroad and ferry hub and the second largest town in Marin County (after San Rafael) and the city leaders from 1870 to 1930 often turned unused or abandoned space into parks. It’s public policy from 100 to 150 years ago that has paid off for us in later generations.
2. Bequests to the City by residents, as well as new parks tied to real estate development in the last 30 years, have added some gems to our Sausalito park system.
See also our page on Beaches in Sausalito, the GGNRA and the Marin Headlands.