Central Park and Japanese Garden

Park Location: 50 East 5th Avenue

About this Park


The city purchased the Kohl Mansion property in 1922 and transformed this 16.3-acre property into the City’s signature park in downtown San Mateo, Central Park.

Central Park is home to many signature community events such as the Central Park Music Series, 4th of July in the Park, Eggstravaganza, and more.

The Central Park Recreation Center offers popular aerobic classes and rentable space for meetings and other functions. Aerobic classes take place in the mornings, and then you can rent the center rooms for all kinds of social events from noon to midnight!

Japanese Garden


City of San Mateo’s Japanese Garden at Central Park will be undergoing an extensive renovation of the Koi Pond. This project will refurbish a major part of the nearly 52-year-old Koi Pond, by raising the edges in certain areas to eliminate water loss, enhance the water quality and look of the pond, and most importantly improve the health of the koi fish. Due to this work, the Japanese Garden will be temporarily closed to all visitors from Tuesday, Sept. 4th to Friday, Nov. 16th, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Fink at 650-522-7360. We adore this wonderful amenity in our park and appreciate the community's patience as we work to make improvements. Thank you!


The Japanese Garden, in San Mateo Central Park is one of the finest gardens in California. It was designed by landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, and features a granite pagoda, tea house, koi pond and bamboo grove.

The Japanese Garden is beautiful throughout the year, but be sure to visit in the late Winter and early Spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Sorry no dogs are allowed in the Japanese Garden.

Hours of Operation:
  • Monday - Friday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am to 4:00pm
The garden is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
 

Koi Feedings:


The City of San Mateo’s Japanese Garden at Central Park will be undergoing an extensive renovation of the Koi Pond. This project will refurbish a major part of the nearly 52-year-old Koi Pond, by raising the edges in certain areas to eliminate water loss, enhance the water quality and look of the pond, and most importantly improve the health of the koi fish. Due to this work, the Japanese Garden will be temporarily closed to all visitors from Tuesday, Sept. 4th to Friday, Nov. 16th, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Fink at 650-522-7360. We adore this wonderful amenity in our park and appreciate the community's patience as we work to make improvements. Thank you!

Koi feedings are done during public viewing hours during Spring and Summer only (fish are not fed during public hours November - February)

  • Monday - Friday: 11:00am and 3:00pm (Spring/Summer)
For more information about the Koi feedings, call (650) 522-7490 [Call: (650) 522-7490] .

Central Rose Garden


A beautiful wedding spot available for rent
Location: 50 E 5th Avenue
Phone: (650) 522-7434

Mini Train


The Mini Train that operates in Central Park is a childhood delight. Weather permitting, it typically runs year-round on weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, and additionally on weekdays from 11:00am-3:00pm between June 15 and August 15.

Park and Picnic Photos

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