Pixie Park is a volunteer-run cooperative playground for children age six and younger. Surrounded by redwoods in the beautiful Marin Art and Garden Center, the park is open every day to its members except during major paint and repair parties. The park has fun, safe play structures and swings for small children and beautiful trellises that shade picnic tables, big and small. The park is unique in that it is keyed and gated, thereby ensuring that children will not leave without their parents’ knowledge.
Through the participation of its member families, Pixie holds several events throughout the year for its members and for the community. These include the Halloween Parade, the Holiday Bake Sale, the Pixie Spring Event and other social events. Members also receive the Pixie Patter, a newsletter that keeps them informed of events and other activities going on at the park.
Families fulfill their membership by volunteering their time for Pixie’s various events and fundraisers. Grandparents with young grandchildren are also members of the park and give 5 hours of their time.
Pixie Park is a great place to meet and make friends. The events are fun, and the park's supportive atmosphere and beautiful setting make it a safe, fun place for children to explore and play.
Pixie Park was founded in 1952 by Mrs. Terwilliger and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). It was started as a safe place to play for the children of volunteers who were working at the Marin Art and Garden Center. Within a year, 30 families were using it and they saw a need to expand this special place for children. The families then gathered donations for the first buildings: the Pavilion and an original playhouse.
Many more trees and buildings were donated over the following years. The membership grew to 150 families within the first few years, and they saw a need for a fundraiser to expand and improve Pixie Playground. The group of women who were using it became autonomous from the AAUW in 1958 and became Pixie Parents, Inc. The first fundraiser was called the Easter Egg Hunt, which later became the Easter Fair and is now the Spring Fair. The first egg hunts were host to 300 children and were successful at raising the monies that Pixie Parents needed to improve the Park.
Today, Pixie’s Spring Fair welcomes more than 2,500 children each year. In addition to the Spring Fair, Pixie raises funds through an annual Winter Holiday Bake Sale. Pixie also holds a Halloween Parade, just for fun, for Park members only.
The purpose of Pixie’s fundraisers is twofold: to continue to maintain Pixie Park as a clean, safe place for children and grandchildren, and to continue to support and maintain the Marin Art and Garden Center. It is because of the Marin Art and Garden Center that Pixie has such a beautiful and unique environment for children and grandchildren to thrive.
2020 is a very big year for Pixie Park. The renovations are complete, and we will reopen the park soon. The results are amazing and will make the park even more magical for our little ones. Thank you to everyone who has been involved so far, and please let me know if you are interested in volunteering for or donating to the effort! Learn more about the Pixie Park Capital Campaign and consider contributing to the campaign. Any amount is deeply appreciated.