Herbert HOOVER Park
Location: 2901 Cowper Street, between Colorado and Loma Verde
Description: 4.2 acre neighborhood park, bordered on one side by Matadero Creek, offers something for everyone.
Amenities: Open grassy areas, two children’s playgrounds, fenced youth baseball field with bleachers, two tennis courts, backboard, handball court, picnic area, benches, multi-purpose concrete bowl with two basketball hoops, pathway around park, fenced dog run, restrooms
History note: Named for Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States (1929 to 1933). The site became parkland in the mid 50’s when a bond issue called for recreational space south of Oregon. When the park was developed, it was adjacent to Herbert Hoover Elementary School which was relocated in 1982. Herbert Hoover had close ties to Stanford. He was in the pioneer class of 1895, founded the Hoover Institution, gave his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination in Stanford Stadium, and deeded his home on the campus to the University for the President’s house.
Of special interest: A dry watercourse with various-sized boulders runs along the south side of the park. Originally the bed was filled with water; however, in 1976 a drought led to the draining of the creek because the water could not be recycled.
Last Updated: February 16, 2007