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Kelley Park

The property on which Kelley park is built comprises 172 acres and is situated near the northern end of San José's Coyote River Park Chain. It once belonged to Mrs. Louise Kelley who inherited the land from her father, Judge Lawrence Archer, former mayor of San José. The Judge maintained a beautiful 600-acre estate, which was covered by prune, apricot, cherry, and walnut orchards, as well as some exotic trees. Mrs. Kelley referred to the estate as AR-KEL VILLA in honor of her father and her husband, Frank J. Kelley.

Kelley Park is one of San José's most diverse facilities, offering visitors an opportunity to enjoy a picnic or barbecue amid beautiful lawn areas and shade trees; a visit to the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo to see the many animals or take in a puppet show; a walk through the tranquil Japanese Friendship Garden with beautiful koi-filled ponds; and step back in time to turn-of-the-century San José at the History Park Museum.

For more information on Kelley Park please contact the Leininger Center staff at (408) 794-7275.

Picnic Areas
There are numerous picnic areas throughout the park which can accommodate small to very large groups. Several are available on a first come, first served basis (One adult may save only one table). Designated picnic areas are available through advanced reservations for a nominal reservation fee.

For information about group picnic reservations call (408) 794-7275

Leininger Center
Leininger Center provides a central location for making group picnic reservations for San José's Regional Parks (Kelley, Lake Cunningham, Almaden Lake, Alum Rock), Family Camp reservations, and application for special events.

If you are planning a wedding, you can make your reservations at Leininger to use one of the wedding sites at Overfelt Gardens or the Rose Garden. The Okayama Room and patio at the Center is a lovely place to hold a wedding reception for 175 people, or it can be rented for meetings.

To contact Leininger Center please call (408) 794-7275.

A Greek-style amphitheater, located behind Leininger Center, it can be reserved by groups for wedding ceremonies and other similar events. It can accommodate approximately 200 people. Musical and theatrical groups have been among those to use the amphitheater; however, no amplified sound is allowed. This area is not available for reservations from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

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    Provisions Information
    Acreage 172
    Reservable Picnic Sites Yes 
    Non-Reservable Picnic Sites Yes 
    BBQ None 
    Lawn bowling 
    Tot Lot None 
    Youth Playground None 
    Restrooms Yes 
    Parking Parking lot 
    Report a Concern 1-408-793-5510 or email a concern
    Rules and Regulations All Picnic Site Rules & Regulations