About Holbrook-Palmer Park

Holbrook-Palmer Park is a 22 acre oasis located in the heart of Atherton, California. The park has come a long way since it was willed to the Town of Atherton in 1958 by Olive Holbrook-Palmer to be developed and used as a recreational park. The Town Council officially accepted the gift in 1964 with the provision that the development of the property would be funded by donations. We are proud of the unique, beautiful public park that is allegedly only one of two in the entire United States that has never received federal or local tax dollars for maintenance or improvement. Our fundraising is a constant and necessary activity.

Today the park is enjoyed by the community for events, sports, picnics, walks, classes, preschool and more. It is perfect for walks along its shady, tree-lined paths as well as its dog-walking areas. A newly-built pedestrian bridge provides easy access for those on foot. Visitors can take in the beautiful Water Tower Garden and two historical buildings.

Park facilities are available and frequently used for weddings and other private events.

Your continued donations and support make this possible.

Annual Events at the Park

Both events are community fundraisers organized by the Friends of HPP.

  • Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
  • Children’s Holiday Tea
  • Adult Round Robin Tennis Tournament

Activities at the Park

  • Playschool – a privately-run pre-school with programs for children from 18 months through 5 years old
  • Little League baseball
  • AYSO Soccer
  • Lacrosse League
  • Tennis instruction
  • Dog training classes
  • Stroller Strides
  • Art & Language classes
  • Fencing classes
  • Music classes for babies and children

The Master Plan

The Master Plan, an overall layout plan describing potential improvements to Holbrook-Palmer Park, is designed to provide a long-term guideline for the organization of park spaces and to create a beautiful and memorable experience for all visitors to the park. Funds raised by the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation and the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park are put toward projects outlined in the Master Plan. Your support is needed to fulfil the vision of the Master Plan.


Holbrook-Palmeer Park Master Plan

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