Rotary PlayGarden

Open Tuesday – Sunday

10 am to 6:30 pm

The PlayGarden is closed Mondays for maintenance.


Spring/Summer Hours (beginning March 25, 2017)

are 10 am – 6:30 pm


Inclement weather closes the park.

Please follow us on Facebook for updates on park closures, hours, and program details.


The Rotary PlayGarden, the Rotary Club of San Jose’s centennial gift to our community, opened in May 2015. The $6 million PlayGarden enables children with special needs to play alongside their siblings and friends and is maintained by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy staff and volunteers, in-kind donations, and fee-for-service contracts.


Quick Links:
Employment Opportunities
Adopt a Bench
Adventure Packs
Picnic Reservations
Park Rules:

  • Have fun!
  • No dogs
  • No bikes
  • No skateboards, scooters, inline skates, roller skates
  • No BBQs or open flames
  • Help keep the PlayGarden clean and safe. Please refer to posted signage for a complete list of permitted and prohibited items.


Why not PLAY and LEARN at the same time?


Here at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, we are passionate about educating our youth on a variety of environmental topics. Rotary PlayGarden education programs are hands-on, interactive, and take place in the Amphitheater (unless otherwise noted).


Early Childhood Education (ECE):

This program is an early introduction into environmental science. Designed for children age 3-6 years old, this FREE, DROP-IN program is taught by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy environmental educators. Topics include: rivers, birds, and more!


Want to join the ECE fun?

Drop-in every Wednesday; rain or shine –

no sign-up necessary!

Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM

Location: Rotary PlayGarden Amphitheater

(or in the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Visitor Center if it rains)


Other Education Opportunity:


First 5 Program

We are excited to welcome our Catholic Charities/HealthTrust partners from West San Jose CA Family Resource Centers to the Rotary PlayGarden for their “First 5 Program.” This FREE, DROP-IN program is designed for children ages 5 and under, and is held in the Rotary PlayGarden amphitheater. No sign-up necessary!
Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month
2nd Friday: 10:30 – 11:00 AM
4th Friday: 3:00 – 3:30 PM


Want to stay updated on our themes and topics?

“Like” us on the Rotary PlayGarden Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

We Are Hiring!


Rotary PlayGarden Attendant

Join our dynamic team!



The Rotary PlayGarden is one of the few public parks in Santa Clara County where children with special needs can play on the playground equipment alongside their families and friends without disabilities. Be part of this magical place by joining the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy as a Rotary PlayGarden Attendant!  The RPG Attendant performs daily maintenance and interacts with park patrons.


This is a part-time position and the hourly pay is $12-15 depending on experience.

Please send your resume or any questions to


Picnic Reservations


Two seating areas are available for reservation. Proceeds support PlayGarden operations and maintenance.


Frequently Asked Questions


Click here to view the Reservation Calendar

Select “Picnic” as Type in the right-hand corner. Available times are displayed in orange; click to select and book your reservation.


Adventure Packs


 Provide a photo ID with an address and you can check out an Adventure Pack from the Rotary PlayGarden attendant at no charge!

Each Adventure Pack Contains:

  • GPS unit
  • Bug catcher
  • Two pairs of binoculars
  • Magnifying glass and
  • Several bug and animal ID guides


What do you do?

You can follow a pre-loaded, pre-set GPS tour through Guadalupe River Park & Gardens.  Many love the guided tours, although some of our friends enjoy simply using the Adventure tools in the PlayGarden while they play!


Where and how do I check out an Adventure Pack?

Packs can be checked out Tuesday through Sunday at any time from 10am to one-and-a-half hours before the park closes and must be returned the same day they are borrowed. Adventure Packs are available from Guadalupe River Park Conservancy at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor and Education Center (438 Coleman) on Mondays when the PlayGarden is closed. The only difference is that the packs need to be returned by 4:30 pm.


Adventure Packs are provided by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy with many thanks to the Lennox Foundation for underwriting this free family activity!


Donation to support the PlayGarden’s maintenance and programming


Enter Amount: $

For recurring gifts, $5/month minimum please


Matching Gift — Let us know if you work for a company that has a matching gift program and you’d be willing to submit a request. If you aren’t sure, you can write a comment…we might know. You can also leave this field blank…it is not required.



Bench donation to support the PlayGarden’s maintenance and programming


One of the ways we are raising money for the maintenance and programming of Rotary PlayGarden is through bench dedications. For a tax-deductible donation of $5,000 (small bench) or $10,000 (large), the donor’s name or dedication stays on the bench for five years. We appreciate County Supervisor Ken Yeager for being among our first sponsors! Please share this with anyone who might be interested in preserving a clean, safe place to play for all.


Bench Order Form




Annual Installment Option — You can opt to pay in a single lump payment or in annual installments over five years. To pay in installments, select the installment option from the bench drop-down menu AND the Five Annual Installments option from the menu below Quantity.


Inscription — Let us know what your plaque should say. You can use the photo above as a rough guide of how many characters you can use.





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