Current Projects

The Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park have been busy with fundraising activities for a couple of very exciting projects that are now in the works.

If you are interested in being part of our amazing fundraising team, please consider becoming a Friend of Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Event Garden

Event Garden

Completed March 2016

With construction just completed, the Event Garden is the newest park project sponsored by the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park and the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation. The Event Garden is located in the undeveloped area behind the Main House and the Jennings Pavilion. More details about this lovely addition to the park can be found on the Event Garden Project page.

The Carriage House Project

The Carriage House Project

Ongoing

The Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park will soon be seeking funds for their next project — the Renovation & Restoration of the Historic Gen Merrill Carriage House. This is a multi-phased complete renovation and restoration of the 100+ year old Carriage House. The plans outline a careful restoration of the historical elements of the Carriage House so that its heritage can be preserved and enjoyed by visitors. The Carriage House Project is a significant and one-of-a-kind undertaking by the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park.

For more information about the Carriage House Project, please contact the Capital Campaign Committee.

Past Projects

Most of what we see, experience and enjoy in Holbrook-Palmer Park today has been made possible by the generosity, sponsorship and hard work of many volunteers. These include the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park, the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation and the community over many decades.

Water Tower Garden

Water Tower Garden

Completed in 2009

Envisioned by the community as part of the 2005 Landscape Master Plan, this garden replaced what was a space of miscellaneous overgrown plants and an overflow parking area. Funds were raised through several years of our Swing in the Park annual town barbecue events. This new park space is an open green surrounded by native grasses and magnolia trees. It affords views of the historic Water Tower from the Pavilion gathering space and provides the community with a place to picnic and play informal lawn games. Young children race through the grasses during the Friends of HPP’s Annual Egg Hunt.

North Meadow

North Meadow

Completed in the 1970s

Formerly a pasture, the North Meadow was created by volunteers using funds raised by the Friends of HPP and Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation. The Foundation’s current President, Frank Merrill and long-time Foundation member Sandy Crittenden borrowed a tractor to grade the space. The Friends raised funds for the lawn, trees and amenities through their Annual Day in the Park. Surrounded by mature trees, the North Meadow is an ideal place for outdoor celebrations, community concerts sponsored by the town’s Art Committee, group or intimate picnics, dog classes and informal play.

Pedestrian Bridge

Completed in 2009

In partnership with the Town of Atherton and a matching fund grant from the State of California, the Friends of HPP and the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation made the Pedestrian Bridge envisioned in the 2005 Landscape Master Plan a reality. Young children on bicycles, parents pushing baby buggies and those wanting a stroll into the park can now safely cross the creek that bounds the park along Watkins Avenue, removed from cars.

Play Field/Great Lawn

Completed in the 1970s

Originally a hayfield and series of seasonal ponds, the Play Field now provides local AYSO soccer, lacrosse, summer camps and the community with a large field for informal play and games.  It is one of a few spaces in local parks that affords the community a large non dedicated flexible play field where people ran romp, throw Frisbees, kick and throw balls, picnic or have youth engage in organized field games.

Walking Path

Completed in the 1970s

One of the first projects sponsored by the Friends of HPP and the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, this well used and loved pathway provides almost a mile of calm to stroll, walk dogs, or jog. It is an ideal safe place for people to get in their active daily steps and toddlers to learn how to bike. In the 1980s, a Par Course was sponsored by the Friends and Foundation to provide the community opportunities for informal recreational activity and exercise.

Jennings Pavilion

Jennings Pavilion

Completed in 1977

This building was constructed at the park to accommodate larger groups for weddings, receptions, dinners, meetings and lectures.

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