Brisbane has several parks and trails. At the center of town is the Community Park, which has a gazebo and picnic tables. It can be reserved for private parties.
All the other parks are on a first come first served basis. Check the Map to see where the parks are.
If you have ever been to Quarry Road, you already know of the inviting pathway that takes you on an expedition of exercise opportunity or a simple breath of fresh air so close to San Francisco and yet a quaint haven away. Quarry Road and its little park has come a long way in the past couple of years and we think you’ll be impressed with the results. Quarry Road Park welcomes you whether you are reading an announcement on the sign board, planting some vegetables in the city garden or tying your running shoes on a bench before your jog.
The City of Brisbane purchased this area we call “Quarry Road Park” from the state of California with visions to develop recreational opportunities. Its renovation is coming along, and with the support of the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission and City Council, plans of a usable facility have come to blossom.
Among the many visions for Quarry Road Park, the first reality is the evolution of a garden area. Picnic tables for a lunch out with some friends and benches along new paths are in place. A bridge over a creek is the perfect accent to a peaceful setting. You will also become less hesitant to take a walk at dusk as plans for security lighting along the Road are being considered. These improvements to Quarry Road Park are just some of the beautification additions you can see. Your community input of participation and funds provided by the State Bond Act has made these ideas come to life. A designated park in close proximity to historic Old Quarry Road and the main part of town suit the area quite well.
The overgrown species of foliage once hovering over the upper part of the park is now clear and open. There is an array of native plants growing and an orchard of trees. The area is much more refreshing and inviting as natural hiking paths have developed to meet your exercise needs.
When you get a chance, take your hiking route to Solano Street right above Quarry Road Park. The view of Brisbane, San Francisco and the hills of the east bay is impeccable. The final aspect of development for the park will be benches just for that view. Much Thanks to the efforts of Peter Stiehler and volunteers for creating a park that is pleasing to the eye and that welcomes Brisbane residents and patrons alike to visit Quarry Road Park.
Looping around many of the Crocker Park Businesses, the 2.5 mile trail provides a level and scenic route that makes your personal trail experience all the more enjoyable. The trailhead is located on Park Lane across the street from the Dog Park and adjacent to the Purcell Murray business. You are welcome to begin your Crocker Park Recreational Trail journey at the trailhead or at any of the five street intersections. What used to be the Southern Pacific Rail Lines is now the trail’s compacted rock surface, which is suitable for walking, jogging, or biking year-round. Along the trail, you can find park benches, mutt mitt dispensers, route and distance signage and trash receptacles. Make sure to stay tuned with Parks and Recreation special events which might include Clean Up days for the trail!
Thanks to contractor Iron Horse Preservation Society, a non-profit from Reno that plans to use our rails to partially complete a new rail line between Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada, the trail and all of its amenities were accomplished at no cost to the City.
In addition, the City has improved five street crossings along the trail's way - South Hill Drive, North Hill Drive, West Hill Drive, Valley Drive, and Cypress Lane. The new signage, crosswalks and street placards will provide safe passage across these streets for trail users.
Click here for a trail map. They are also available at the trailhead on Park Lane, by calling 415-508-2140, or emailing us at Parks-Recreation@ci.brisbane.ca.us. Happy hiking!!
(Trail before the renovation)
Firth Park/Canyon is a small park on Glen Park Way with picnic tables.
Behind the city hall is a Dog Park with seating.
Though not administered by the City of Brisbane, the San Bruno Mountain State Park borders the city and almost completely envelops the old town. It's possible to access the park through Quarry Road Trail as well as the state park entrance on Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. The park is administered by San Mateo County. More information is here