San José has hundreds of unique and breath-taking venues perfect for an outside day. Visit one of San José’s 200+ parks, hike along 60 miles of scenic trails or visit a regional park. All this and more is just a short drive away - explore below.
San José has one of the nation's largest urban trail networks, with 60 miles developed and open to the public.
Experience something unique at every one of our regional parks, from mountain settings to cultural gardens in the Heart of Silicon Valley. Each park has a rich history that you can discover while exploring your surroundings.Regional Park Brochures
Kelley Park is home to San José's largest Disc Golf course. An 18 hole course in the beautiful outdoor setting of Kelley Regional Park. Our course is environmentally friendly, open year-round and can be enjoyed by all ages.
For more information, call 408-535-3570
Additional Resources Documents
Feature include water fountains, separate smaller and larger park areas, paved and landscaped areas (varies by park).
We also offer obedience classes visit www.sjregistration.com
San José dog parks
Commercial Selling - Except by Permit
Vehicles on Park Grounds Without Permission
Performing, Entertaining or Exhibiting - Except by Permit
Amplified Sound Except by Permit
Feeding of or Tampering with Wildlife
Using Illegal Drugs, Alcohol or Smoking
Guns, Dangerous Instruments and Fireworks
Vandalism to City Property such as Graffiti, Tagging, Burning, Carving
Littering, Unauthorized Dumping or Dumping of Residential Garbage
Entering Park after Closing
Use of "Air Jumpers", "Bounce Houses' or "Inflatable Houses” - Except by Permit in Designated Areas
Dogs Off Leash - Except in Designated Areas Where Posted
Outdoor Fires - Except in Designated Areas
Powered Model Airplanes Boats, Cars, Rockets, Motorized Scooters
Food and Clothing Distribution
Skateboarding, Roller-Skating and In-Line Skating on Park Structures, Furniture or Hard Courts
Organized Sports - Except in Designated Areas
Camping in Public Parks or Park Lands
Golf or Practice of Golf
Overnight Parking in Parking Lots
Tampering with Pest / Bait Stations
Parking fees are collected by parking booth attendants or payable at the parking machines with cash (exact amount only) or credit card. Vehicles not displaying a parking receipt or pass may be subject to citation. Parking fees are collected daily and during park hours at
- Almaden Lake Park: $6.00 Per Car
- Alum Rock Park: $6.00 Per Car
- Kelley Park: $10.00 Per Car
- Applicable for Parking Lot at 1300 Senter Road and East Parking Lot Off of Story Road
- Lake Cunningham Regional Park: $6.00 Per Car
- Daily Fees Are Subject to Increase for Selected Holidays (Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, and Labor Day) and Summer Weekends.
Discount Parking Fee Available for Age 60+, Disabled Placard Owners, Active Military, and Veterans
- $2.00 Per Car Per Visit With a “Smart Card” Only
- To receive a parking discount, a “Smart Card” must be issued by the Leininger Center:
- In Person
- At Leininger Center at the Kelley Park Office during business hours only. “Smart cards” are not available for purchase at any other location. Proof of eligibility will be required upon application.
- Guests may also receive the discounted fee by presenting proof of eligibility at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo’s Guest Services Office during operating hours.
- By Mail
- Applications with proof of eligibility can also be mailed to the Leininger Center Office at 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112. Your application will be processed and your “smart card” will be mailed to you.
- Click Here to Download the Smart Card Application
- In Person
- Bring One (1) of the Following:
- Valid DMV Issued Disabled Person Paperwork
- Valid government Issued ID
- Current Military ID Card
- DD 214 Form
Annual Parking Hang Tags
- Annual Hang Tag Fee is $80.00 per tag
- Discounted Hang Tag Fee for ages 60+, disabled placard owners, active military, and veterans is $30.00 per tag
- Are good at all San Jose Regional Parks.
- Annual hang tags are valid for one year from the time of purchase
- Can be used an unlimited amount of times during the year.
- Hang tags are not transferable, non-refundable and non-replaceable.
- Applications for Annual Hang Tags and/or can be obtained through Leininger Center at the Kelley Park Office during business hours.
Park Condition Assessments (PCA)
The San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department annually evaluates the condition of its parks, trails, civic grounds, library grounds, and community center grounds including observable conditions of park features; turf, picnic tables, and playgrounds. Park Condition Assessments are the first step in identifying improvements to the City’s parks, trails, and other maintained grounds. Results are used to efficiently allocate resources and improve maintenance.
Reports on Sustainable Park Maintenance
How we reduce water waste and pest control
Learn More About What We Are Doing and How You Can Help
The recirculated fountain at Plaza de Caesar Chavez will be in operation, as will the fountain at the San José Municipal Rose Garden, with a 30% reduction in active hours. All other water features in parks will remain off until we recover from drought conditions.
Types of Water We Use
- Fresh or Potable: drinking water, the type that is delivered to your home.
- Recirculated: fresh water circulating through a self-contained system.
- Typically used for water fountains and public water features.
- Recycled: former waste water that is treated to remove solids and impurities and used for landscape irrigation.
- Identified by the “purple” pipes and signage. Currently utilized at 44 PRNS locations, mostly parks, with no reduced usage necessary.
Here Are a Few of Our Water Strategies
- Irrigation system modification and reduction
- Installing high efficiency components
- Turf conversion, decorative rock/stone or mulch
- Drought tolerant landscape materials
What You Can Do
Pesticides are used to control weeds and pests. Over the last 10 years, we've started to reduce pesticides by using alternative methods.
- An effort is underway between the PRNS and the Environmental Services Watershed Protection Division
- New practices will result in safer spaces and protect water in our creeks and streams
- Residents can help by volunteering with the Adopt-a-Park Program
- The pilot program has started and will be evaluated for expansion to the rest of the City's park system.
- The program is taking place in Park Maintenance District 3 (in west San Jose), which includes 65 parks and civic grounds - a total 245 acres. This includes parts of Council Districts 1,3,6,7, and 9.
- Focus on using biological, mechanical and cultural methods to control pests
- Learn more about these methods and how they can be applied in your garden.