Donated by Mildred Overfelt in 1959, the land of Overfelt Garden was intended to provide a place of rest, relaxation and enjoyment for people in San Jose. The park opened in 1966 with different features like picnic areas, a fountain, and a garden. Also, paths were added around the park and the three lakes that provide habitats for birds, reptiles, fishes, and mammals.
There is a large statue of the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius that overlooks a pond. Also, there is a wildlife sanctuary called the California Wild area with a trail surrounded by trees, bushes, wildflowers, and grasses. The southeast section of the park includes the Chinese Cultural Garden, commemorating Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, Confucius and the Chinese culture in general.
Whether you are visiting the gardens looking to learn more about the sanctuary or you just want to explore the area, the Overfelt Gardens is a wonderful place to rest and connect with nature. People often come here to meditate or even do yoga because it offers a very relaxing atmosphere. And if at some point you get hungry, don't forget to bring food to organize a picnic. It is definitely one of the activities that families and friends do more often. And if you would like to read a book, feel free to grab one at the Educational Park Branch Library that is located on the edge of the park. Remember that there are many benches situated throughout the park!
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