Stafford Grove Park 1035 7th St, Novato, CA94945 Stafford Grove is the closest playground to Novato's downtown area, and it's a darn good one. The tall trees help keep…More the area shaded, and the equipment is better than most city playgrounds in town. There isn't much room to run; it's mostly just the play structures and a few benches. But it's a nice reward for the kids following a stint of shopping along Grant Avenue or in the Downtown Novato shopping center, both a half block away. The park is next to the cluster of Marion apartments and the Novato Unified School District headquarters.