Rotary PlayGarden

Open Tuesday – Sunday

10 am to 4:00 pm

The PlayGarden is closed Mondays for maintenance.


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.


Note: Due to budgetary constraints, the water feature is not operating at this time. We are working to resolve this, and have it operating as soon as possible. Follow us on Facebook for the newest updates!


Quick Links:

Adopt a Bench
Picnic Reservations
Employment Opportunities
Adventure Packs

Park Rules


Park Rules:


  • Have fun!
  • No dogs
  • No bikes
  • No skateboards, scooters, inline skates, roller skates
  • No BBQs or open flames


Click here for a more complete list of PlayGarden rules.


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).



Beginning Environmental Explorers (BEE):

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 BEE fun?

Drop-in every Wednesday (English) and Friday (Spanish); rain or shine – no sign-up necessary!

Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Location: Rotary PlayGarden Amphitheater.


In inclement weather, the program moves indoors to the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center located at 438 Coleman Avenue San Jose, CA 95110


Click here for more information (including program restrictions)


“Like” us on Facebook for program details (including themes)


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!

4th Friday of the month
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Rotary PlayGarden Amphitheater

*This class cancels in the case of rain



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.


Click here for Frequently Asked Questions


Click here to view the Reservation Calendar and book online

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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