Conveniently located just off Highway 1 in the midcoast town of Moss Beach is a whimsical suburban playground tucked away in a neighborhood. Fully-equipped with dolphin slides, a pirate ship playhouse, a lighthouse to climb, swings, ladders, monkey bars and more, Moss Beach Park offers kids of all ages a way to escape into a world of make believe and adventure while engaging in some physical activity. Completely fenced-in, Moss Beach Park also features picnic tables, a basketball court and water fountains. It is an ideal place for families to get outside, enjoy some fresh air and play.
Parents of little ones will be happy to learn that the park offers two different play areas. One area is called the “Tot Lot” and is blocked off for kids ages two to five. The second area is for kids ages five to twelve. This allows the “tots” to play safely without risking an encounter with some rambunctious older kids. Both park areas feature eclectic artwork, including a perimeter of brightly-colored tiles painted by local school children.
Located in San Mateo County, Moss Beach Park is a fully-renovated playground blanketed with soft wood chips and surrounded by plenty of trees. Just inland from the coast, visitors will experience a nice ocean breeze and plenty of shade on a warm day.
Moss Beach Park was originally built by a group of local volunteers who drew inspiration from a highly-valued group of play experts — kids! A real act of community and love, this playground opened in 2004 and serves the local community and any family who finds themselves on the coast, seeking a playground for kids to burn off excess energy.
In 2013, developers were interested in buying the land, but residents rallied to save their beloved community park and in 2014, the park became protected under the stewardship of the San Mateo County Parks Department.
Over time, Moss Beach Park has undergone a series of updates to improve its aesthetic and safety. In 2015, the park was renovated to include swing sets and slides, fence repairs were made, and enhanced drainage was installed. In 2018, many park elements were redone with wooden structures and more upgrades will take place in Fall 2019, as Moss Beach Park continues to be a popular gathering place for local families.