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Public Notice from Emma Prusch Farm Park

Emma Prusch BarnHistory
Emma Prusch cherished her dairy farm, which originally was an 86 acre site. In her generosity she deeded the property to the City of San José in 1962 to be enjoyed as agricultural based park in the center of a busy city. Miss Prusch specifically requested that the land keep its country feeling, preserving the quality of the Santa Clara Valley that she remembered when trees and animals were more prominent than houses, freeways, and shopping centers.

Of the original gift, eleven acres became home of the Police Activities League (P.A.L.) for youth sports, and 47 acres were dedicated in 1982 as Emma Prusch Farm Park.

The park is home to San José's largest barn where 4H livestock projects are housed; animals vary throughout the year so keep coming back to see what is around. The park also features robust community gardens, a rare fruit orchard, and acres of open grass perfect for picnicking, kite flying, games, and relaxing. Bring a quarter or two so you can feed the chickens and goats.

Classes / Tours / Summer Camp
The park offers a variety of educational programs for school children and other groups, and hosts a Summer Camp during the months of May to August. Summer Camp kids get to spend each day caring for the farm animals and growing vegetables in their own garden. The “Hatchery” is our class for pre-school aged children where they learn motor skills and how to socialize in a farm environment.

Saturday classes introduce children to cooking, gardening, animal care, and other fun activities. School groups up to the third grade can schedule time with a docent to see the animals up close and learn about the rich history of the Valley Of Heart’s Delight.

For a free brochure on the educational programs offered at Prusch Park, call us at (408) 794-6262.

reserve a picnic site

Building Rentals / Group Picnics
Two indoor facilities are available to rent for your party, wedding, meeting, or other activity. The meeting hall sits 67 people and has a commercial kitchen. The multicultural building can host up to 238 people and has its own private restrooms. There are five conveniently located picnic areas are available for your family or company picnic.
  • Building Reservations please call (408) 794-6262
  • Picnic Reservations please call (408) 794-7275

Related Resources

For park closures, updates and notices please follow the links below:

  • News and Announcements (Holday closures, visiting hour changes)
  • Emergency and Alerts (Fire hazard closures, weather related alerts)

    Provisions Information
    Acreage 43.5
    Reservable Picnic Sites Yes 
    Non-Reservable Picnic Sites Yes 
    BBQ Yes 
    Sports/Activities Barn, Plant and Science Center
    Tot Lot None
    Youth Playground Playground ages 2-5, Playground ages 5-12
    Restrooms Yes 
    Parking Parking lot 
    Report a Concern 1-408-793-5510 or email a concern
    Rules and Regulations All Picnic Site Rules & Regulations