Friday, January 22, 2016

101 South: San Mateo, Central Park

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Central Park  El Camino Real/5th Ave., downtown, (650) 522-7434.  Free.  Mini train:  Sat-Sun 11am-3pm, daily in summer.  $1.25.  Dating from 1922, this is the oldest municipal park in the county.  Facilities include a The Bianchi Railroad mini train--a miniature version of the long-gone Southern Pacific Coast Daylight—plus a botanical garden, tennis courts, and a large, colorful playground.
playground in Central Park in San Mateo, California


The park’s tidy Japanese Garden was designed by Nagao Sakurai, a former landscape architect at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  Features include a teahouse (no tea service), a central pond divided by a narrow bridge (koi are usually fed at 11 a.m.), two waterfalls, a pagoda, and a shrine.  Narrow pathways are designed to make visitors slow down and really look.  Rare and unusual plants include a weeping beech and an umbrella pine.
overview of Japanese Garden in Central Park in San Mateo, California


koi pond in Japanese Garden in Central Park in San Mateo, California


buddah in Japanese Garden in Central Park in San Mateo, California

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