Just a ways from John F. Kennedy Drive and past the Redwood Memorial Grove, you will find the delightful Doughboy Meadow. Perched atop a boulder, the laurel-wreathed statue is a favorite amongst children who enjoy romping about the grassy space. The Doughboy has been watching over the activities of the meadow since it was installed in the park in 1930.
Things to Do
Since Doughboy Meadow does not have any picnic tables or BBQ grills, you will need to bring your own chairs, tables, grills, and blankets. Despite the use of inflatable play structures (or jumpy houses) in other parts of the park, these structures are not allowed at Doughboy Meadow. However, you can still have fun – the medium-sized grassy area of the meadow is flat enough to enjoy lawn games, such as volleyball, horseshoes, or a small game of kickball.
The Doughboy statue also provides an interesting backdrop for photographers – so bring along your camera. The bronze sculpture by M. Earl Cummings was originally created for the Pan Pacific International Exposition in 1928, and was later acquired through the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West in 1930.
When planning an event at the meadow, note that the nearest restrooms are located farther east on John F. Kennedy Drive at the 14th Avenue East picnic site.
Location and Parking
Doughboy Meadow is situated on the north side of John F. Kennedy Drive, which is west of the intersection with Stow Lake Drive. While there is no sign designating Doughboy Meadow, be on the lookout for the statue, which is visible down the grassy hill when you are on the street. Free parking is available along JFK Drive, but keep in mind that cars are not allowed here on Saturdays (from April to September) and Sundays (all year-round).