Kennedy is a small, yet very densely populated neighborhood of San Jose. With an area of 0.154 square miles, it has a population of approximately 1,700 residents. Roberts Street serves as the western border of the Kennedy neighborhood. McLaughlin Avenue serves as its eastern border. The Kennedy community is bordered to the south by Phelan Avenue, and a group of smaller, local streets make up the neighborhood’s northern border.
Kennedy is a family-friendly community. Nearby schools within walking distance include Yerba Buena High School, J. Wilbur Fair Junior High School, and Jeanne R. Meadows Elementary School.
Kelley Park lies along the western border of the Kennedy neighborhood. The 156-acre Kelley Park is a San Jose landmark. It’s popular with tourists from all over the world, as well as its neighboring communities. Since Kelley Park is within walking distance of anywhere in Kennedy, that is a strong point of the neighborhood.
The History Park Museum in Kelley Park is a unique combination of a park with a historical museum. Residents of Kennedy can step back in time as they walk through the History Park, yet still be able to walk home afterwards. The Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is one of the best zoos in California, yet it also is an amusement park with rides for every member of the family. The Japanese Friendship Garden brings a whole other feel to its portion of Kelley Park, offering koi-filled ponds and beautifully manicured gardens.
Wealthier Kennedy residents are members of the nearby, regionally acclaimed San Jose Country Club. It offers prime golfing facilities, as well as other sports venues and clubhouse with dining room.