Named after the Marin County Second District Board of Supervisor Harold C. Brown Jr., this large community park (26 acres) reopened on February 14, 2011 following extensive renovations. Visitors will find a large, expansive turf area for informal play and relaxation, a remodeled bathroom, several new benches and picnic tables scattered throughout, an area for petanque, a health and wellness grove landscaped with plants that have healing and medicinal attributes, a redesigned amphitheater that provides the ideal location for children’s outdoor educational classes and community theatrical presentations, a new overlook that offers stunning views of Corte Madera Creek and Creekside Marsh as well as arguably the most outstanding view of Mt. Tamalpais in the entire county. In fact, the overlook might just be Marin’s newest small wedding venue!
In addition to these facilities, the heart of the park is the playground. Honoring the local community’s wishes for a modern, interactive, and engaging place to play, parents and children will discover a park with something for all ages and a place that pays tribute to the surrounding environment, both natural and built. The preschool area (for ages two through five) includes a sand and water play feature, spinning bowls, kid-sized sitting ducks as well as Clapper Rail and Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse nests that echo the importance of the neighboring marshland and its wild residents, swings, a tricycle track, and shade structures. The elementary area (for ages five through twelve) includes a sand and water play feature that’s representative of a creek, a 17-foot climbing net, an 8-foot climbing wall, and a turbo slide with a mini-overlook.
The picnic tables, benches, playground areas, pathway, restroom, and overlook are accessible. Dogs are allowed on leash and must not enter wetland areas because of sensitive habitat and wildlife species.
From Hwy 101 in Larkspur, take the Sir Francis Drake Blvd exit west and turn left at Bon Air Rd. Hal Brown Park is on the right, across from Marin General Hospital. Street parking is available.
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