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Rinconada is Palo Alto’s second oldest park (after El Camino). Established in 1922, it was originally called Waterworks after a nearby well and reservoir.
Amenities: Open grassy areas, two children’s playgrounds, nine tennis courts (6 with lights), backboard, picnic areas with barbecues (1 group area), municipal swimming pool (lap and recreational) and children’s pool, redwood grove, multipurpose concrete bowl, benches, jogging/walking path, and public restrooms.
Of Special Interest: The Magic Forest, a magnificent stand of redwoods, fronts on Hopkins Street. It was dedicated in 1971 in memory of Edith Ellery Patton (1877-1970), a teacher at Walter Hays School. Miss Patton would read to her students in the shade of the tall trees.
A Coast Live Oak, over 200 years old, is on the Embarcadero side of the park. It was dedicated as Heritage Tree No 2 in 1994, Palo Alto’s Centennial year.
Rinconada Park is home to the Rinconada Masters Swim Team and the Palo Alto Swim Club.