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Parking Fee: $10.00 per vehicle, except in parking lot next to Japanese Friendship Garden, where parking is $6.00 per vehicle, $2.00 discount rate for seniors, active military, military veterans, and


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What's New with Kelley Park?

The City of San José is updating the Kelley Park Master Plan with the goal of creating a unifying wayfinding and circulation plan to tie all the components of Kelley Park together and developing a vision for repurposing underutilized areas including Old Kelley House and orchard areas. The City is assessing existing needs, identifying and prioritizing potential expanded use areas, and will be improving circulation throughout Kelley Park. Information as the project develops will be posted here. Please use the link on this page to the online surveys to provide feedback on the vision and future of Kelley Park. The first community meeting was held on Novermber 5, 2015 to discuss concerns and suggestions to further activate the Park. The questions discussed during that meeting have now been put into an online survey so that additional comments can be collected. Please feel free to provide your input and let others who live, work, or are interested in the area know about the surveys. Both surveys will be accessible until Monday, December 5.

Original survey can be accessed here:
Questions discussed during the Meeting:

The second community workshop will be 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on February 25, 2016.


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.

Parking Fees

Parking Fees are collected daily.
When the parking booth is unattended please use one of the automated machines.
Each automated machine accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card) and cash.
Please bring exact currency as the machines do not dispense change.
Parking Passes are honored at Alum Rock Park, Lake Cunningham, Almaden Lake, and Kelley Park/Happy Hollow.

$6.00 Daily Pass
$2.00 Discounted Daily Pass (discount card required)*
$10.00 for the following high use days:

  • Easter Sunday
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
$80.00 Annual Pass
$30.00 Discounted Annual Pass*

*Discount eligibility: Age 60 or older, Disabled Person Parking (DMV Issued DP Paperwork needed), Military Veterans, or Active Military. DD214,or active military card for eligibility - Applications for discount must be submitted to Leininger Center (inside of Kelley Park) IN ADVANCE of your visit.

Please call Leininger Center for additional information and questions. 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
The Leininger Center, located inside Kelley Park, is the main Park office for the City of San Jose, and provides the public with opportunities to make picnic reservations,wedding reservations, photo permits, and air jumper permits throughout the City of San Jose's regional and select neighborhood parks. In addition the center houses the City Wide Sports Department, which processes permits for sports fields reservations through the City of San Jose Parks, and the Special Park Use Unit which issues permits for organizations wanting to host a public event within the City of San Jose Parks.

The Leininger Center also issues wedding permits through select approved ceremony sites throughout the City of San Jose Parks including: Almaden Lake Park, Emma Prusch,Japenese Friendship Garden, Kelley Park, Municipal Rose Garden, Overfelt Garden, Wisteria Arbor and select venues upon approval. Please note request of the Japanese Friendship Garden for a wedding ceremony does require an appointment with our wedding coordinator, who can be reached at 408-794-6505. In addition the Leininger Center also offers use of the Okayama Room for Wedding receptions and other private events, for more information please call 408-794-7275.

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. This area is not available for reservations from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

For availability contact the park office at 408-794-7275

Related Resources

Provisions Information
Acreage 172
Reservable Picnic Sites Yes 
Non-Reservable Picnic Sites Yes 
BBQ None 
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