It’s a hot summer day in Sunnyvale, California and you happen to find yourself stranded and lost in the midst of a stereotypical residential neighborhood. In this suburban labrynth, the houses and streets all begin to look the same, only confusing you more in conjunction with the heat of the Sun’s rays as your anxiety intertwines with the intensity of the weather. Just as you pass the fiftieth two-story house and begin to lose all hope, a group of palm trees emerge in the distance, shattering the mundane flow of suburbia illustrating what appears to be a tropical oasis. Adding on to the absurdity are Easter Island head replica statues surrounding the perimeter. It can’t be. You’ve totally lost your marbles this time. Actually, you haven’t. In fact, you’ve come across the hidden gem “Las Palmas Park”, one of the South Bay’s low-key luxuries that comes in the appearance of a delusional desert-wanderer’s stereotypical mirage come-to-life…well, minus the kids’ playground in the middle of the palm trees, at least I’d hope.
Usually, the park holds a man-made lake surrounding the palm trees in order to add to the ambiance; however due to the Bay Area’s severe drought this year, even this mirage-made-reality was drained of its water leaving an empty cement pool in replacement. This place is great for relaxing or reading the book you’ve been trying to get off your summer-reading bucket list since the environment is extremely chill with the ensemble of palm trees and wind as the background soundtrack. In addition, if you have a family, I don’t think I’ve seen too many playgrounds that could rival that of Las Palmas playground, (minus Adventureland in Berkeley), so do bring the kids as I’m sure they’ll have fun in this micro-paradise!
…and if you don’t want to read my rant, here’s a quick summary of notes and expectations:
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Recommended time of day to go: Daytime
Places Close-By: Serra Park
Good for: Relaxing, Book Reading, Dog Walking, Kids