Thursday, 30 January 2014

Recreation facilities in San Mateo

San Mateo boasts of several parks and recreational facilities to help parents enrich the lives of their children. Whatever strikes the child’s fancy, the county probably has it. From guitar to karate lessons, there is something to cater to every need on the Peninsula. The Recreation Department has also created several summer and after-school programs that help a child learn, while having fun.


Staying active is important for a healthy body and mind. It is essential to inculcate healthy habits at a younger age.
  • Outdoor facilities: there are several parks that have walking trails, tennis and basketball courts, and the like. All these are free and widely accessible.
  • Classes: most parks offer recreational classes designed to fit any schedule, interest and skill set.
  • Instructors and staff: park rangers and maintenance crew are welcoming and available to help visitors in any way possible. In fact, these instructors know how to make everything safe, fun, and unintimidating.

The most popular activities offered in San Mateo:


By learning how to dance, children discover new facets of their minds, bodies, and imaginations. Dance has several benefits. For instance, children:
  • Find creative ways for self expression.
  • Gain confidence.
  • Learn discipline
  • Enhance body awareness, gross motor skills, technique and balance.
  • Get performance opportunities to share newly learned skills.
  • Nurture creativity

The Youth Dance Program was established more than forty years ago and has more than 2 dozen instructors. Almost 500 kids participate every quarter in these dance classes.


Swimming is a great way to stay active. San Mateo offers a variety of different swimming programs for youth and children alike. All lessons are taught by qualified instructors who make learning safe and fun.

Martial Arts:

There are multiple martial art programs offered in San Mateo including kendo and karate. Through such programs a child:
  • Builds physical strength and self confidence
  • Learns the movements and skills of traditional Karate-Do
  • Understands karate concepts
  • Enhances body awareness and hand eye coordination
  • Builds existing karate skills and exploring a new sport
  • Enhances socialization skills
  • Be challenged in a safe, non-competitive environment
  • Learns self-defense techniques

Youth Fitness:

There are a variety of fitness activities promoted by the county for children of all ages including, yoga, zumba, personal training, and the like.


Tennis is extremely popular in San Mateo. The place offers well designed programs with a comprehensive pathway for people of all abilities and ages. With fundamentals and fun at the forefront, the child will learn the tactics and skills required to be a lifelong tennis player.


Recreation and park golf programs integrate real time practice with instruction. The youth program in San Mateo is tailored for the young golfer. The place offers:
  • Youth seminars that teach basic rules of golf
  • Special prices for Junior golfers
  • “Under 18” Golfer Club
  • Programs certified by NCGA


Gymnastics is an excellent sport for kids – it’s challenging, exciting, and fun. Recreation and parks offer dynamic gymnastics programs that are favorable to most children. Through these programs, the child will:
  • Develop flexibility and strength
  • Boost self esteem
  • Explore new skills
The classes, facilities, and instructors help in providing an environment where parents can hope for a healthy and active lifestyle for their children. Classes are affordable, so that families can be involved in spite of their budget. Another great thing about San Mateo is the well developed transportation system. The place offers a variety of transit modes including buses and yellow cabs. Parents can easily hire a yellow cab to take their children to different activities.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

San Mateo- Haven for Tree Lovers

Trees are extremely important to ensure the people of a community lead a good quality of life. There are several benefits they offer, such as, raising property value, providing privacy, acting as habitat for birds, providing sun protection, and reducing stress. The citizens and authorities at San Mateo understand the importance of trees. Hence they have a rich history and tradition of planting flora all around. In fact, City tree representatives assist and educate businesses and property owners on how to protect and care for their trees properly so that everyone contributes to a greener San Mateo.

Trees have been divided into two categories- street trees and heritage trees.

Heritage trees:

In the year 1968, the City decided to preserve the great trees and promote planting more of them. Heritage trees are an important part of the urban forest of San Mateo and make a great landmark. The authorities consider following as Heritage trees,
    1. Any bay, oak, buckeye, cedar or redwood tree that has a ten inch diameter and is measured at 48 inches over natural grade
    2. Any other tree that has a sixteen inch or more trunk diameter and is measured at 48 inches above the natural grade.

Heritage Tree Regulations:

Due to the protected status of these trees one requires a special permit to remove/prune them. Unless one has a permit, handling the tree in any way is unlawful.

Street Trees:

San Mateo boasts of more than nineteen thousand street trees with approximately 30% of them being heritage.  The flora is cared for by:
    1. Getting rid of dying, hazardous or dead trees
    2. Planting about two hundred street trees every year based on the master plan to make sure there is  diversity in the tree population
    3. Offering pest control for the street trees, if required
    4. Responding to emergency situations

San Mateo hires several arborists (individuals trained in the art of planting) to make sure the trees are well kept. These individuals have the skill to prune, remove, plant and perform preventive maintenance on all kinds of flora.  
Things to keep in mind:
    1. A tree that is twenty four inch in size needs to be planted for every tree that is removed.
    2. When replanting a tree one needs to make a 350 dollar deposit. This money is refunded when replanting conditions are met.
    3. The deposits made are nonrefundable if all replanting conditions are not met within six months of re-plantation.

Tree lovers:

Several photographers and enthusiasts visit the place to look at the large variety of flora found here. The trees also are a great attraction for people coming to visit San Mateo for business purposes. One of the best ways to travel across the city is by hiring a yellow cab. These taxis offer the best connectivity and can take passengers to every nook and corner, where mass transit does not go. There are several companies that provide such services in California. All one needs to do is getting in touch with the right provider.

Most companies have websites that have complete information including their rates, cities covered, booking information, testimonials, and the like. Interested individuals can filter out the providers by comparing rates and reading customer reviews. A little research can go a long way in finding a good provider.

San Mateo is certainly a great place to vacation for those looking for a perfect balance between modern and natural surroundings. The place offers the most amazing sites. One can breathe in the nature’s lap or relax at a state of the art resort. There is something for everyone.