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Sausalito Parks: Playgrounds For Children

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The Sausalito parks with playgrounds offer fun-filled activities for children. The City of Sausalito is roughly two-miles square, with a portion of this claimed land resting under the chilly waterline of the San Francisco Bay, partially beneath the flourishing houseboat districts in town. With a permanent population of about 7,500 men, women and children, the City of Sausalito maintains multiple parks with fun climb-on playground equipment.

The history of free Sausalito parks and playgrounds for children:

Whenever a community park includes playground equipment for children, that location can trace its design roots backwards into pre-1900 Germany. Early playgrounds were created as a structured learning opportunity for children who were not always involved in lifestyle activities that included other children. Globally, pre-1900 children were expected to work inside or outside of the home, study quietly and pretend to be small proper adults.

During Victorian times, the German immigrants in America began to teach their own children about the fun that they had while meeting other children at the structured play locations in their native country. Many of the old Victorian gardens in California include a low-key gaming area where children were encouraged to play interacting games under adult supervision. By 1915, Americanized parks with big playgrounds became the norm.

Prior to World War II, most playgrounds in and around San Francisco Bay included swings that were used by all ages, see-saw sets that teens enjoyed and exciting tall slides that many small children were injured on. There would be sand boxes, grassy play areas and room for picnicking families to place blankets on the ground. Pre-television parks were heavily used by people of all ages as the designated meeting spot for socializing.

After World War II, community parks fell out of favor with busy adults, and most of the old playground parks were refitted with modern safe-play equipment for children to enjoy after school or on weekends around their other activities. In the City of Sausalito, there are large playgrounds, small play areas and a variety of neighborhood parks with toys that children enjoy visiting. Free community parks for children offer high-quality fun.

Free Sausalito parks with playgrounds for children:

Cazneau Playground: The Cazneau Playground in Sausalito is designed to entertain young children. This small park offers swings, a low-height slide and a very nice sandbox area that encourages young children to use their creativity with parent-supplied sand toys and supplies. Location: Corner of Girard and Cazneau, Sausalito.

Cloud View Park: Cloud View is a noteworthy small park that is nestled high on the hill in Sausalito, offering gorgeous views of Ring Mountain and the Belvedere areas. This is a family-oriented picnic park with rental options available. This park features two types of swings, a tall metal slide and nice photo settings. Spot: Cloudview at Booker Rd.

Harrison Playground: Harrison Playground offers a nice selection of outdoor toys that are suitable for all children under 10-years of age. This small neighborhood park is nearby to the ferryboat depot and Lappert’s Ice Cream, slightly above the popular downtown sections of Sausalito. Location: 180 Harrison, across from Star of Sea Church.

Langendorf Park: Langendorf Park is located at the crossroads of Woodward and Easterby in Sausalito, California. This mid-size park includes an admirable playground for children, a family-oriented bar-b-q section with benches, and well-kept lawns. Local parents often use this park for birthday parties and other festive childhood celebrations.

Robin Sweeny Park: The Robin Sweeny Park is located directly in front of the Sausalito City Hall building on Caledonia Street, near Bee Street. This centrally located park is very popular. Robin Sweeny Park includes an extensive soft-sand playground for children, ball courts for older children and lots of quality activities to explore.

Southview Park: Southview Park sits high on the Sausalito hill overlooking the waters of the San Francisco Bay. This is an older neighborhood park that is not used often due to the lacking shade in the fenced playground area. This pretty location is perfect for private birthday parties. Entrance: On North Street beyond Third Avenue.

Helpful information about Sausalito parks for visitors:

The City of Sausalito has parking regulations that apply to downtown streets and residential neighborhoods every day of the year. While parking your vehicle nearby to any Sausalito park with a playground, take the time to read all signs posted with parking rules or requirements. The Sausalito Dog Park is used for the four-footed kids. Visitors to Sausalito are often amazed at the number of playground parks, ball parks and park-like settings that are located inside of the small community of Sausalito, California.

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