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Lake Cunningham Park


Learn to Sail 2013

Lake Cunningham's acres of open space and 50-acre lake offer something for everyone. Tackle the par course - perfect for jogging or walking - or try out water sports like sailing, boating, or fishing. Bring your own volleyball and horseshoes for the perfect barbecue picnic, and grab your rollerblades for a lakeshore cruise.

Play Lot Project Information
The goal of the Lake Cunningham Custom Play Lot Project is to define a unique image and conceptual layout plan for replacement of play lots at Lake Cunningham Park. In 2008, two play lots were removed from Lake Cunningham Park because the original (twenty-five year old) wood and metal structures did not meet current safety standards for play lots.

The scope of work for this project includes the preparation of conceptual level custom play lot designs, budget estimates, and a community outreach process. The preparation of final construction documents, bid, award, and construction are not scheduled at this time.

An initial presentation was made to the community on April 8, 2009 to solicit input. Additional information was presented at a Council District 8 Roundtable on June 4, 2009. The Roundtable recommended further development of the “Treasure Islands” theme for the youth play lot (ages 6-12) and “The Picnic” theme for the tot play lot (ages 2-5).

The Marina
The Velma Million Marina is unique to San José, in the many amenities available to park visitors. The marina features a public boat launch ramp, dock space and boat trailer parking if you wish to bring your own boat. (Please, no gasoline engines, 16 ft. max length.)

In addition, there are pedal boats, row boats, and sailboats for rent. There is a concession stand offering soft drinks, light snacks, and tackle supplies. A Ranger Station and first aid station are also located here. The marina is open weekends beginning in the spring and daily during the summer season through Labor Day.

Sailing Programs
Lake Cunningham Regional Park offers several summer sailing programs. These programs teach new sailors the basics of small boat handing and offer sailors with some experience the chance to sharpen their skills and learn more. Sailing camps run Monday through Friday with both basic and intermediate camps.

Pre-registration is now open for the sailing classes. Cost is $100 for each class or camp. For ages 12 and up. Call 1-408-794-7577 for further details.

An Amply Stocked Lake
Lake Cunningham has become a haven for migratory birds and other forms of wildlife. Great blue herons, snowy white egrets, and even white pelicans are frequent visitors to the park. Hawks frequently soar overhead. A large flock of Canadian geese, as well as several species of waterfowl, make the park their home a few months out of the year. Jack rabbits and squirrels can also be found in many areas.

Please remember that all park animals are wild and we ask that you not feed, capture, or chase them. This is their home.

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). The picnic areas surround a large open turf area open to all for fun and games. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are available; just bring your own equipment. Designated picnic areas are available through advanced reservations for a nominal reservation fee.

The Cypress Pavilion can accommodate 400 people comfortably and is a prime area for large group or company picnics. It boasts large covered patios, complete with a cooking and serving area that includes BBQ grills, electricity and running water. It also offers a small stage as well as nearby restrooms and parking.

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    Provisions Information
    Acreage 203
    Reservable Picnic Sites Yes 
    Non-Reservable Picnic Sites Yes 
    BBQ Yes 
    Soccer use allowed by permit only and marina 
    Tot Lot None 
    Youth Playground Playground ages 2-5 
    Restrooms Yes 
    Parking Parking lot 
    Report a Concern 1-408-793-5510 or email a concern
    Rules and Regulations All Picnic Site Rules & Regulations