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


  • 8:00 am to one half hour after sunset.

Acreage: 203

Reservable Picnic Sites: Yes

Non-Reservable Picnic Sites: Yes

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.

The Marina - Currently Closed

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.)

The Velma Million Marina offers pedal boats on a seasonal basis.

Sailing Programs - Currently Closed

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 - Currently Prohibited

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. Reserve this location.

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  • BBQ: Yes
  • Sports/Activities: N/A
  • Tot Lot: None
  • Youth Playground: Playground ages 2-5
  • Restrooms: Yes
  • Parking: Parking lot

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Rules and Regulations

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