Our guest contributor today is Jill Seman, the creator of MomMaps, an iPhone and web app that helps parents find great kid friendly places on the go. While Jill was mapping out Piedmont for her app, she took notes for 510 Families.
Piedmont is just a few minutes from Oakland and San Francisco. It is small – just 1.7 square mile area in the East Bay – and mostly residential area with beautiful tree lined streets and lots of great parks, paths and wooded areas to explore!
Here’s a quick list of some of Mom Maps favorite spots to get out and play in Piedmont:
Beach Play Field: Located next to Beach School along Linda Avenue are two tennis courts, soccer field/baseball field, little tots play structure and sand area with picnic tables.
Crocker Park: Crocker Park is a manicured jewel on just an acre of land, which features a shaded lawn area and beds of rhododendrons, camellias and ferns. Crocker Park is located Hampton Road and King Avenue.
Piedmont Sports Field: Piedmont Sports Field is used for organized baseball, children¹s football, and soccer. The park also has two tennis courts, backboard, volleyball court, and 6 basketball hoops. The children’s play structure and sand area are located a few feet away from the tennis courts.
Dracena Quarry: A hidden neighborhood gem on eight acres of land in an abandoned rock quarry. The park starts out as a sloping strip of grass that leads to a children's playground completed in 2006. There’s a new play structure and two sets of swings, a climbing wall, a waterfall faucet for the sand area, and a cement slide built into a grassy man-made hill!
Linda Playground: Located across the street from Beach School, a little parkway with a playground.
Piedmont Park: Piedmont Park is a great local play space. It covers approximately 15 acres and contains a variety of recreational facilities. There are lots of grassy areas great for exploring inside a lush landscape of trees with a creek running through it. A bowl-shaped lawn area near the Community Center is great for a family picnic or a game of Frisbee. The playground includes a climbing structure and sand area for preschoolers. There are also several baby swings, a stepped seating area and benches.
Piedmont is a terrific place to get out and play with kids, both big and small. It is great for families who are looking to go someplace new while staying in the Bay Area.
Thanks to Jill for her contribution! If you'd like to share your insider's knowledge of a 510 neighborhood, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.