Parks & Facilities

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South Hamilton Park, is a seven-acre sanctuary replete with families and kids. It holds a flat, grassy area for soccer, the Dunphy Little League baseball field, colorful play structures and contains the San Francisco Bay Trail trailhead and parking lot, that leads to the Hamilton Wetlands. The park is downhill from the Hamilton Pool, a popular community pool, with picnic areas, water spray features, and a water slide, great for young children.


Thank you for your interest in Novato's parks. We are committed to processing your park application quickly, and to providing you with a clean and safe facility. Please understand that your group will not be booked officially until you have received a signed permit and all fees are paid. We ask that you not publicize your event until the signed permit is in your hands. It is your responsibility to review the approval carefully to assure that all information is correct—date, time, location, etc. - and that you understand all park regulations and conditions.

Use and consumption of alcohol in all City parks is allowed only in designated group picnic areas and by permit only. If you wish to have alcoholic beverages at your event, you must be at one of the designated group picnic areas and you must request approval for alcoholic consumption on your park permit application. 

Any type of barbeques or cooking equipment are not allowed to be brought into any park.  Vehicles are not allowed inside parks at anytime.

The hourly cost of this park rental is as follows (there is a two hour minimum charge):

Community Parks Community Service Private Profit*

Group Picnic Areas (Pioneer, Miwok, Hoog, South Hamilton , Amphitheater)

Small Picnic Area (seats up to 36) $23 per hour $34 per hour $48* per hour
Non Residents 10% added to the total rental cost

 *Individuals or groups holding an event at which admission fees are charged and the event is intended to make a profit.

You also have the option of hiring park maintenance staff to arrive prior to your event to assure that your site is in proper order. The fee for this optional service is $175. This is not usually needed for weekday rentals since crews can be called in case of an unforeseen problem. It may be desirable for you to consider this on the weekends since we cannot prevent overnight vandalism or abuse of the parks by those not reserving facilities. Ask our clerical staff for additional information if you are interested.

We hope that you enjoy your experience at the park and would love to hear from you after the event. In the meantime, if you have any questions please call our office at (415) 899-8977.




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