Rotary Playgarden

Rotary Playgarden

From San Jose Rotary

All children deserve a fun, unique destination to play side-by-side. Help us realize this dream of (and for) our children!

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The Rotary Childrens PlayGarden will be San Jose’s only all-access play garden for all children to be able to play side by side together, regardless of their abilities.  With over 50% of the $6.5 million in funds needed to build the project, we're now turning to our friends, families and partners in the community to help us build this PlayGarden.

The 1½ acre Playgarden is a project celebrating 100th anniversary of The Rotary Club of San Jose by providing equal play for children with special needs, as well as children with parents who have special needs.


Conceptual features:

  • Play environments - slides and ramps, swings, a sand play area, climbing opportunities, spinning and/or bouncing items, towers and tunnels
  • Safety features – seating and benching for children and parents, visual sight line for parents, access for disabled adults, parents, seniors and children
  • Accessibility features – walkways, paths and ramps, double wide wheelchair widths for walkways and ramps, interesting textures and surfaces
  • Educational opportunities – an amphitheater for shows and storytelling, exposure to plant varieties, cones, pods and seeds, headphones to listen to pilots and air traffic controllers from nearby airport, nature education programs for school children and special programming for children with disabilities from the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy



Adjacent to the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Visitor Center at Coleman Avenue and Autumn Street. 

  • large open area with free parking
  • across the street from a popular shopping center
  • highly visible from Coleman Avenue which will be widened to become a new entry to downtown from the Airport and Autumn Street will be extended from Coleman to HP Pavilion
  • linked by trails to the rest of the river park, downtown attractions, and opportunities to incorporate free play in nature



  • Groundbreaking Fall 2013
  • Grand Opening Summer 2014



The Playgarden is free for all who wish to use it!



The Playgarden will be owned by the City of San Jose, and maintained by the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.


  • The City of San Jose
  • Hensel Phelps Construction
  • PDA Design
  • The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

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