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Name Hours Phone Address City State Zip Type Park Sevice Area District ADA Parking Restrooms Acreage SqFt Latitiude Longitude Description Photo URL
10th Ave & Clement Mini Park 5am to Midnight (415) 601-6501 351 9th Ave San Francisco CA 94118 Park PSA 1 District 1 Accessible No No 0.66 37.7818440 -122.4680991

Relax with a good book at this renovated mini-park next to Richmond Public Library. Settle on the grass or a comfortable bench nearby while the kids enjoy the brand new playground, with swings and soft rubber flooring.

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15th Avenue Steps 5am to Midnight (415) 831-6326 15th Ave & Kirkham San Francisco CA 94122 Natural Area, Park PSA 4 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.26 37.7595649 -122.4722678

Native oaks cling to the steep hillside alongside this stairway, providing habitat for both resident and migratory birds. Visitors to this small natural area enjoy dramatic views of St. Anne’s Church, the Inner Sunset, Golden Gate Park, and beyond.

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17th & Folsom Park – Future Park Site (415) 831-2700 17th & Folsom St San Francisco CA 94110 Park Accessible Yes 37.7640100 -122.4158200 http://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/17th_and_Folsom_Final_Design-700x288.jpg
24th & York Mini Park 5am to Midnight (415) 717-2872 24th & York St San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No No 0.12 37.7530604 -122.4085754

24th & York Mini Park is a newly renovated park in the beautiful, sunny Mission neighborhood. The mini park features a children’s play area, with an interesting serpent play structure, a small picnic area, and park benches for your afternoon respite. Stop by for a visit!

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29th & Diamond Open Space 5am to Midnight (415) 819-2699 Diamond St & 29th St San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.82 37.7436021 -122.4352359

Wander up (or down) this steep green slope in Diamond Heights for a scenic glimpse of Noe Valley and beyond.

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Adam Rodgers Park 5am to Midnight (415) 819-6138 Ingalls & Oakdale San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 2.74 37.7310165 -122.3838547

Tucked away in the Bayview District, this leafy gem is home to a beloved community garden. The basketball court, playground and BBQ area are all time-honored gathering spots for friends and neighbors. Expansive views of the Bay and Candlestick Park.

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Alamo Square 5am to Midnight (415) 218-0259 Hayes & Steiner San Francisco CA 94117 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No Yes 12.70 37.7763488 -122.4346740

Don’t forget your camera: historic Alamo Square offers quintessential scenes of the City, including the famous ‘Painted Ladies’ of Postcard Row. This photogenic hilltop has appeared in numerous TV and film productions, such as the sitcom ‘Full House.’

Fame aside, the abundant lawns, flowerbeds and willows have made this park a well-loved play space for generations. Youngsters flock to the dual-level playground, while the off-leash area is popular with dogs (and dog parents). Look for the unusual Shoe Garden, where castoff high heels and ski boots are repurposed as landscape art. Full tennis court, walking trails and picnic area.

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Alice Chalmers Playground 6am to 10pm 670 Brunswick San Francisco CA 94112 Park PSA 3 District 11 Accessible No Yes 1.68 37.7098271 -122.4466507

Kids enjoy the sand playground and game courts at this longstanding community center, which has an After-School Program.

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Alice Marble Courts 5am to Midnight Greenwich & Hyde San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 1 District 2 Accessible No No 0.84 37.8014278 -122.4203433

Located in Marina Sitting high atop Russian Hill and George Sterling Park (operated under the SF Public Utilities Commission) are the Alice Marble Tennis Courts, offering breathtaking views of the city and the Bay. The facility include four tennis courts, a full-court basketball court and a practice wall. Beware: The views are so distracting, you may take your eyes off the ball.

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Alioto Mini Park 6am to 10pm 20th & Capp San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No No 0.16 37.7589020 -122.4182170

This is a small park in the Mission with a grassy area, gazebo, community gardens, and a play structure.

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Allyne Park 6am to 10pm 2609 Gough St San Francisco CA 94123 Park PSA 1 District 2 Accessible No No 0.75 37.7974607 -122.4275999

At just a quarter of an acre, Allyne Park is small in size but big on atmosphere, offering visitors a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Step inside the fences of this neatly manicured park and be transformed to a quieter, more peaceful oasis. At just a quarter of an acre, Allyne Park is small in size but big on atmosphere, offering visitors a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Step inside the fences of this neatly manicured park and be transformed to a quieter, more peaceful oasis.

Alta Plaza Park 5am to Midnight Jackson & Steiner San Francisco CA 94115 Park PSA 1 District 2 Accessible No Yes 11.91 37.7911733 -122.4376698

A broad, tiered staircase climbs the terraced southern slope of this steep hillside park; when you reach the top, you will find panoramic views of the city and Bay. Trees and benches crown the summit, while nearby are a children’s playground, a basketball court, and tennis courts. An off-leash dog-play area is in the park’s southeast corner.

Once the site of a quarry, Alta Plaza’s nearly 12 acres were purchased by the city in 1877. Although the park was established in 1888, nothing was done to improve the site for 20 years, when Park Superintendent John McLaren took on its landscaping. Like nearby Lafayette Park, Alta Plaza served as a campsite for refugees from the 1906 earthquake and fire. In 1971, during the filming of the Barbra Streisand-Ryan O’Neal movie “What’s Up, Doc?,” several cars were driven down the grand staircase, breaking off chunks of concrete.

Alta Plaza Park is bounded by Clay, Jackson, Scott, and Steiner streets; the grand staircase rises midway along its southern edge, from Pierce Street. Wheelchair access is from Scott and Jackson.

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Angelo J. Rossi Playground 6am to 10pm 2 Willard North St San Francisco CA 94118 Park PSA 1 District 1 Accessible No Yes 6.47 37.7787419 -122.4574540

With two busy baseball diamonds and a popular indoor swimming pool, this spacious park is enjoyed year-round. Sports enthusiasts will find plenty to do, from pickup basketball and kickball games to tennis and Bocce ball courts.  Both small tots and older kids adore the fully renovated, dual-level playground.

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Aptos Playground 5am to Midnight Aptos & Ocean Ave San Francisco CA 94127 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible No No 4.81 37.7285246 -122.4665409

Find plenty of space to roam at this 4.81 acre urban playground near Aptos Middle School. Reopened in 2006, the newly renovated park is the pride of Ocean Avenue.

Bring the whole family for fun and fitness-there’s a play structure for little ones, a well-groomed baseball diamond, tennis court and enormous blacktop area. Walk or jog along the beautifully landscaped path, with or without your canine companion.

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Argonne Playground 5am to Midnight 18th Ave & Geary Blvd San Francisco CA 94121 Park PSA 1 District 1 Accessible No Yes 0.82 37.7794150 -122.4776998

Historic Argonne Playground looks brand new again, thanks to a complete facelift. Bright, modern play structures will please small tots and older kids alike. A renovated picnic area, grassy lawn, basketball and tennis court round out this inviting neighborhood play space. Park established in 1926.

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Arlington Community Garden 5am to Midnight Arlington St & Highland Ave San Francisco CA 94131 Community Garden, Park PSA 6 District 9 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.13 37.7370433 -122.4263762

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Balboa Natural Area 5am to Midnight N.E. Balboa & Great Highway San Francisco CA 94121 Natural Area, Park District 1 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes No 1.84 37.7759129 -122.5110395

This park features excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and has an elevated boardwalk providing access to one of the few remaining foredunes in San Francisco. From this park you can connect to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at Ocean Beach, across the Great Highway, and at Land’s End, a few blocks to the north. Playland at the Beach occupied this site from the 1920s until 1972. Prior to restoration the area was used for construction staging for the Richmond Transport Project. The boardwalk and dune construction began in 2002; sand from the De Young Museum construction site was used to create dune mounds. Foredune vegetation was planted by GGNRA and Natural Areas Program staff and volunteers in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Natural History

Until recently, most of western San Francisco was covered by a patchwork of windblown sand dunes, patches of flowering shrubs, and occasional oases of ponds edged by willow, wax myrtle, and oak. Some of these dunes were over 50 feet tall. The sand was originally deposited on the broad coastal plain of the Sacramento/San Joaquin River system, which extended from the Golden Gate to the Farallon Islands (some 20 miles away) during the last glacial period, when sea level was as much as 300 feet lower than present. As sea level rose rapidly between 10,000 and 5,000 years ago, the rising ocean transported the sand from the coastal plain onto the rising shoreline; from there it blew in dunes across the city to what is now downtown.

Foredunes are the area in which plants and blowing sand mix. Closer to the ocean, wind and blowing sand are too strong for most plants to become established. Beyond the foredune, where winds are less strong, it is easier for plants to grow, and the sand is stabilized by carpets of vegetation. Plants that grow in this foredune area, like sand verbena, silver beach bur, and coast strawberry, are uniquely adapted to grow in low-nutrient sands buffeted by high winds, often buried by constantly shifting sands. It is truly amazing anything can grow here at all.

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Balboa Park 5am to Midnight Ocean & San Jose San Francisco CA 94112 Park PSA 5 District 11 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes Yes 24.02 37.7249486 -122.4446266

Home to Boxer Stadium, four busy ball fields and an indoor pool, Balboa is a well-known athletic park. But wait-now there’s more: check out the bright new playground, with colorful modern structures and soft sand floor. Other improvements are coming soon, thanks to the Trust for Public Land and efforts of a devoted park community.

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Bay View Playground 5am to Midnight 3rd & Armstrong San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No Yes 3.40 37.7151323 -122.3922702

Splash in warm, clean indoor pools or bask in the great outdoors? You don’t have to choose at Bay View-this park includes a playground, softball field and spacious lawn in addition to a 75-square foot pool and a separate children’s wading pool. Swim classes available.

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Bayview Park 5am to Midnight LeConte Ave San Francisco CA 94124 Natural Area, Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No No 46.63 37.7152613 -122.3926708

Bayview Park supports perhaps the most diverse assemblage of plants and animals in the natural areas system. Its grassland has some of the most beautiful wildflower displays in San Francisco. Other plant communities here include coastal scrub, eucalyptus and oak groves, and the largest Islais cherry population in the city. On a sunny day you are likely to encounter western fence lizards, California alligator lizards, or one of many non-poisonous snakes, such as the common garter snake, Pacific gopher snake, or Pacific ring-neck snake. Red-tailed hawks are often seen soaring overhead. Great horned owls rest in the notches of trees during the day, and woodpeckers can be heard hammering for an insect snack.

The primary trail is a paved road that loops through the park, beginning and ending at the eastern end of Key Avenue. Remnants of stairs and retaining walls built by the Works Progress Administration during the Depression can still be seen along the roadway.

Cultural History

Around 1900, the parkland known today as Bayview Park was nearly lost to development when George Hearst and the Bay View Land Company proposed to develop the area into an exclusive district for the wealthy. Fortunately the land was considered too far removed from downtown, and development plans were dropped. In 1902, the Bay View Land Company sold a large portion of the hill’s crest to the city, which apparently had plans to build a “pest house” (isolation hospital) on the hilltop. Charles Crocker, a nearby landowner, offered to give his portion of the ridge to the city on the condition that it not build the hospital. One city official explained, “Charles Crocker didn’t want a pest house close to his other properties.” As a result, the hilltop was officially declared a park. In 1997, the City and County of San Francisco acquired an additional 16 acres of the upper northeast slope to be used as open space.

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Beideman & O’Farrell Mini Park 5am to Midnight O'Farrell & Beideman San Francisco CA 94115 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.06 37.7823889 -122.4386165

Rest your feet at this blooming corner plaza in the Western Addition. Benches are set around well-kept flowerbeds, plants and trees.

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Berkeley Way Open Space 5am to Midnight 298 Berkeley Way San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.83 37.7395670 -122.4399590

This open space area is part of the Glen Canyon Park Natural Area, a large urban canyon that has incredible spring wildflower displays, dramatic rock (chert) formations, and Islais Creek, one of the few remaining free-flowing creeks in San Francisco. This 60 acres of wilderness, formerly referred to as the San Miguel Hills, not only provides critical habitat for a wide array of wildlife, but serves as a relaxing sanctuary from the city’s urban bustle. An extensive network of hiking trails leads through a variety of habitats, from the lush creekside vegetation to the rocky grass- and scrublands of the canyon’s steep eastern slope, where a profusion of wildflowers blooms each spring.

Bernal Heights Park 5am to Midnight Bernal Heights Blvd San Francisco CA 94110 Natural Area, Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible Yes No 26.34 37.7430988 -122.4140468

Bernal Hill provides visitors with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama and clear views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown, San Bruno Mountain, and the hills of the East Bay. These windswept slopes are still sunny when Twin Peaks is shrouded in afternoon fog. Red-tailed hawks soar overhead, the breeze sends waves undulating through the native grassland community, and visitors hike around the hill’s peaceful summit to escape from the complexities of urban life. As one of the few remaining natural refuges in San Francisco, Bernal Hill is a special place for the city’s human and wildlife inhabitants.

A paved limited-access road and a network of well-defined dirt trails wind around the hill’s flanks and provide access to the summit.

Cultural History

Bernal Hill was originally part of a 4,446-acre land grant awarded to José Cornelio de Bernal, a soldier in Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1776 expedition. The grant extended south from current-day Cesar Chavez Street to Daly City. The Bernal region became a squatter’s paradise over the next several decades, until the Van Ness Ordinance of 1855 decreed that these illegitimate tenants were in fact bona fide landowners and citizens of the city.

In the mid-1800s, as San Francisco began to outgrow the capacity of the downtown district, the Bernal Heights neighborhood emerged. The streets were laid out and many small- to moderate-sized homes were built. A tight-knit community, including many Irish, Scots, and Scandinavians, took up residence in the shadow of the hill, which residents used extensively for cattle and dairy ranching.

One of the most dramatic tales of Bernal Hill took place in May of 1876. The Bernal Heights community caught the California gold rush fever after Frenchman Victor Resayre announced his discovery of gold on the Bernal summit, ore that he claimed would fetch $1 million per ton. For several days the hill was the site of extensive mining efforts, until it was revealed that the original discovery consisted of the considerably less valuable quartz.

During the 1906 earthquake, homeowners in Bernal Heights were some of the luckiest in the city because of the hill’s stable rock. Few homes here were damaged, compared to those in parts of the city that were built on landfill or former sand dunes.

Natural History

Bernal Hill’s steep slopes support a thriving grassland community, suggesting how much of the northern San Francisco peninsula might have looked 250 years ago. In the summer and fall its grasslands are dry and parched, and Bernal appears from a distance to be a tawny, uninhabitable monolith. The native grasses and wildflowers have dropped their seeds, which wait patiently in the soil for the winter rains to awaken them. By early February, the hill is transformed into a palette of brilliant colors as a multitude of native wildflowers bloom, including footsteps of spring, sun cup, blue-eyed grass, checkerbloom, and shooting star. Native purple needlegrass and red fescue blow in waves from the almost constant ocean breeze.

With a diversity of plant life, an assortment of native animals can survive. More than 40 species of birds are known to use Bernal Hill, including Anna’s hummingbirds, dark-eyed juncos, American kestrels, western meadowlarks, and Townsend’s warblers. These birds forage and hunt in the grasslands in search of a tasty meal of seeds, berries, nectar, or invertebrates. The American kestrel effortlessly hovers above the steep slopes of the hill, waiting patiently for its next meal to reveal itself among the lupines, fragrant coyote mint, and red fescue.

Kestrels, like all raptors, are excellent hunters, aided by their specialized hooked beaks, keen eyesight, swift flight, and curved talons. Any insects, field mice, or small birds and reptiles on Bernal Hill could fall prey to this falcon. As rodents scurry through grasslands, they mark their trails with urine, which absorbs ultraviolet light. Raptors such as kestrels can see UV light, a trait that enables them to track the rodents along these “urine highways” through the grasslands. Smaller rodents such as voles urinate almost continuously, so a kestrel can simply follow the fresh trail directly to its prey.

California alligator lizards and Pacific gopher snakes bask in the sunny warmth provided by Bernal’s rocky outcrops. Other wildlife, such as Botta’s pocket gophers, California slender salamanders, arboreal salamanders, and raccoons, call Bernal Hill home. In recent years coyotes have been spotted at Bernal Hill; this native mammal, once prevalent in San Francisco, had gone extinct from the city but now is making its way back. If you are lucky enough to see one of these elusive creatures, please don’t try to approach or feed it, for its safety and yours. Remember that a fed coyote is a dead coyote: While not normally a threat to humans, coyotes that become too accustomed to being approached can become aggressive. Keep your dog on leash in areas that coyotes are known to frequent, for its own safety. For more information about learning to coexist with coyotes, see Project Coyote.

Habitat Restoration

In 1973, Bernal Heights residents Barbara and Roland Pitschel began organizing volunteer projects on Bernal Hill. Originally the work concentrated on park beautification and trash removal, but gradually the focus turned more to invasive plant removal. In 1980 the group received official authorization from the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to pursue grassland habitat restoration, the first project of its kind in the city. Today, the Natural Areas Program and the Bernal Hilltop Restoration Project are working together to preserve and restore Bernal Hill’s natural history. Through invasive plant removal, revegetation with native species, erosion control, and biological monitoring, they hope to re-establish the indigenous, healthy grassland ecosystem of Bernal Hill.

If you are interested in helping to continue transforming Bernal Hill into a thriving natural area, please visit our opportunities page for information on volunteering.

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Bernal Heights Rec Center 6am to 10pm (415) 695-5007 500 Moultrie St San Francisco CA 94110 Park, Rec Center PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No Yes 5,009 37.7382338 -122.4160959

Beloved by local families, this welcoming neighborhood center is particularly busy after Story Hour at Bernal Heights Public Library. Parents often socialize over coffee while their children frolic in the fenced playground and sandbox, and just about every kid on the Hill learns to ride a bike on this blacktop.

The newly renovated clubhouse and gym offer a variety of afterschool and Tiny Tot programs for young ones, along with Open Gym hours for everyone.

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Betty Ong Rec Center (415) 359-9103 1199 Mason St San Francisco CA 94108 Park, Rec Center PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No Yes 15,596 37.7942364 -122.4116283

After nearly 60 years of serving one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in San Francisco, Chinese Recreation Center recently underwent a major renovation, that transformed the center into a state-of-the-art recreation destination. The center is now open to the public.

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Billy Goat Hill 5am to Midnight 30th & Castro San Francisco CA 94131 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 3.67 37.7414138 -122.4331794

This hilltop park in the Diamond Heights neighborhood has amazing views of the city and bay, and a mix of urban forest and grassland plant communities. American kestrels and other raptors often soar overhead, hunting small mammals and reptiles. As rodents scurry through grasslands, they mark their trails with urine, which absorbs ultraviolet light. Raptors such as kestrels can see UV light, a trait that enables them to track the rodents along these “urine highways” through the grasslands. Smaller rodents such as voles urinate almost continuously, so a kestrel can simply follow the fresh trail directly to its prey.

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Broadway Tunnel East Mini Park 5am to Midnight Broadway & Himmelman San Francisco CA 94133 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No No 0.03 37.7969968 -122.4129010

The Broadway Tunnel East and West Mini Parks include ornamental gardens, shade trees and a few benches.

Broadway Tunnel West Mini Park 5am to Midnight 1201 Broadway San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No No 0.12 37.7964358 -122.4174232

The Broadway Tunnel East and West Mini Parks include ornamental gardens, shade trees and a few benches.

Brooks Park 6am to 10pm 373 Ramsell St San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 11 Accessible No No 3.77 37.7172740 -122.4667688

Located on the southwestern-most hill in San Francisco, Brooks Park has sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the Farallones, and Mt. Tamalpais. Wildlife such as grizzly bears, elk, and foxes once roamed the area, as did a wide variety of birds. Some of the plants once used by Native Americans have survived and are still growing in the park; for example, you can see the flowers of bulbs (Ithuriel’s spear, blue-dicks) they roasted and ate.

From 1846 to 1852, the area from Mount Davidson to Lake Merced was part of the huge Rancho San Miguel, owned by Jose de Jesus Noe (for whom Noe Valley is named). By the 1920s the land had been parceled out to the City and County of San Francisco and other buyers, and the Brooks family bought a half-acre site on the hilltop that would become Brooks Park. A woman ahead of her time, Mrs. Brooks composted organic materials, kept beehives, and taught visitors about native plant gardening.

When the Brooks family moved to La Honda in 1978, the city bought the property as parkland. Unfortunately, the Brooks house burned down and the park fell into disrepair, becoming a haven for nighttime partying and vandalism.

In 1987 Peter Vaernet, neighbor and activist, and his neighbors decided that Brooks Park had too much potential to be ignored. They formed the Friends of Brooks Park, a block club, and organized work parties to clean up the park after years of neglect. Neighbors started a massive anti-graffiti effort and began removing broken glass and other refuse.

In 1990, the Friends of Brooks Park requested a grant from the Open Space Committee to acquire the hillside’s surrounding six acres and enlarge the park to its present size. The $1.3 million grant was approved in 1994. The gated entranceway was built in 1990 with funds from the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners. A community garden now graces the east side of the park, and native plant restoration and environmental education with the Natural Areas Program and California Native Plant Society continue through monthly work parties.

Brooks Park is the winner of the Trust for Public Land’s Lackmann-Soulages Park and Open Space Stewardship Award and a 2005 San Francisco Beautiful Award.

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Brotherhood & Chester Mini Park 5am to Midnight 501 Brotherhood Way San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible No No 0.59 37.7123825 -122.4699032

Take a mini-break at this little patch of greenery in Ingleside Heights, near the intersection of Brotherhood Way and Junipero Serra Blvd (Highway 1). Benches and picnic tables available.

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Buchanan Street Mall 5am to Midnight Buchanan & Grove San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 1.81 37.7794953 -122.4285648

Escape the city streets on this six-block landscaped greenway, dotted with play structures and benches. Buchanan Street Mall borders Rosa Parks Senior Center and Ella Hill Hutch Community Center.

Click here for the Buchanan Street Mall Activation Project

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Buena Vista Park 5am to Midnight Buena Vista & Haight San Francisco CA 94117 Park PSA 5 District 8 Accessible No No 36.08 37.7685639 -122.4413795

Buena Vista Park, located in the center of the city, is named for the spectacular views from its upper slopes. The oldest park in San Francisco, it features secluded, winding trails and one of the city’s few remaining coast live oak groves. Buena Vista’s natural area is on the park’s northern side.

Oak woodlands have always been considered special places, and many cultures have deemed the oak sacred. A world of creatures thrives among the shadows of an oak woodland. The acorn crop comes in the fall when other food sources dry up and many animals must put on fat for the winter. Several species of the birds known as sapsuckers drink from the trees’ phloem (vascular tissue that transports sugars throughout the tree), just below the bark. Western harvest mice strip the bark, and Botta’s pocket gophers eat the roots of saplings. Insectivorous bird species such as brown creepers and nuthatches scour the trunks, branches, and leaves for the many insect species that live in oaks.

Acorns from the oak trees are the main food source for squirrels. Some species of squirrels gather nuts for the winter and store them in any accessible hiding place, usually by burying them. Although squirrels generally have excellent memories for their caches, many an oak tree has gotten its start from a forgotten acorn.

Cultural History

If you look carefully into one of the trailside drainages in Buena Vista, you might see fragments of engraved marble. The park’s meandering trails and drainage system are lined in part with headstones. Starting in 1914 and continuing through the 1940s, San Francisco removed all the cemeteries within its limits except the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio and the cemetery at Mission Dolores. Headstones and monuments of the dead were relocated to Colma, although remains were not always moved with them. Unclaimed headstones were recycled for building sea walls, landfills, and park gutters such as those found in Buena Vista Park.

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Bush & Broderick Mini Park 6am to 10pm Baker & Bush San Francisco CA 94115 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.18 37.7855781 -122.4425351

Bring your pup out to play at this dog-friendly hangout. Picnic tables and small children’s play area also available.

Cabrillo Playground 5am to Midnight 853 38th Ave San Francisco CA 94121 Park PSA 1 District 1 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 0.89 37.7728667 -122.4987021

Learn something new at one of the popular Rec Center programs here. Or just have a ball if you prefer: basketball and tennis courts are available. Two play areas are well-used by local daycare and school programs.

Supervisor Eric Mar, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Friends of Cabrillo Playground, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, city officials and Richmond District neighbors joined to celebrate the official reopening of Cabrillo Playground on August 3, at 12 noon. This new $4.5 million playground was made possible by San Francisco voters who approved the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.

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Carl Larsen Park 5am to Midnight 19th Ave & Vicente San Francisco CA 94116 Park PSA 4 District 4 Accessible No Yes 6.58 37.7392978 -122.4759660

Get outside in the Sunset at this friendly neighborhood park. A baseball diamond, tennis court, basketball court and playground create welcome play space. The remodeled indoor pool is named for beloved local swimming instructor Charlie Sava. Click here to visit the Sava Pool page.

Carl Larsen donated the land-site of his former chicken ranch-in 1926.

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Cayuga & Lamartine Mini Park 6am to 10pm Cayuga & Lamartine St San Francisco CA 94112 Park PSA 5 District 11 Accessible No No 0.12 37.7303376 -122.4329426

Relax under a shady pine canopy at this urban mini-park. Youngsters will ‘dig’ the unique sandbox!

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Cayuga Playground 6am to 10pm 301 Naglee Ave San Francisco CA 94112 Park PSA 3 District 11 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 2.69 37.7138881 -122.4502972

Cayuga Park is a local favorite of Outer Mission and Cayuga Terrace residents. Tucked away amidst housing, the I-280 freeway, and BART tracks, it is considered to be one of San Francisco’s hidden gems.

Perhaps best known for its sculpture gardens, unique trails, and bustling basketball court, the park also offers visitors a clubhouse, children’s playground, tennis court, ball diamond, and multipurpose, turf area.

One of the park’s most interesting features is the story of its retired and longtime gardener and local legend of sorts, Demetrio Braceros, who transformed Cayuga Park’s naturalistic surroundings into works of art. His unique themed gardens and whimsical woodcarvings were featured on the PBS television series ‘California’s Golden Parks’ and in the San Francisco Chronicle.  Visitors from all around the City have come to the park to admire his work.

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Coleridge Mini Park 5am to Midnight Coleridge & Esmeralda St San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No No 0.21 37.7444227 -122.4196665

A patch of green near Bernal Heights and the Outer Mission.

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Collis P. Huntington Park 5am to Midnight California & Taylor San Francisco CA 94108 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No No 1.07 37.7921658 -122.4121529

Huntington Park is a 1.3 acre neighborhood park, located in the Nob Hill neighborhood between California Street and Sacramento Street at Taylor Street in supervisorial District 3. Donated to the city in 1915 by the widow of railroad baron Collis P. Huntington, Huntington Park is a Nob Hill neighborhood park jewel. It features a playground, landscaped areas, and the historic Flood Fountain.

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Corona Heights Park 5am to Midnight Roosevelt & Museum Way San Francisco CA 94114 Natural Area, Park, Trail PSA 5 District 8 Accessible Yes Yes 13.38 37.7649767 -122.4387969

This park has some of the best views in San Francisco, but don’t overlook the wonderful wildflower display that carpets the grasslands each spring. Among the flowers you may see here are checkerbloom, California poppy, footsteps of spring, Douglas iris, mule’s ears, and Johnny jump-up, a sensitive species that is the only host plant for the callippe silverspot butterfly. Also look for anise swallowtail, a big yellow butterfly with black shoulders that frequents San Francisco’s hilltops.

Be Mindful

Corona Heights has a lot of poison oak, which provides food for dark-eyed juncos and white-crowned sparrows, and shelter from predators and habitat for many of the insects that birds feed on. However, poison oak can give humans an itchy rash. Learn to recognize this plant by its three shiny green (sometimes red) leaves and tan spine-free stems. Poison oak oils can be transmitted to humans via dog hair, so be sure to keep your dog on leash and on trail.

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Coso & Precita Mini Park 5am to Midnight Coso & Precita San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.15 37.7462435 -122.4181203

Catch a glimpse of green at this urban mini park, wedged between Bernal Heights and the Mission.

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Cottage Row Mini Park 6am to 10pm Sutter & Fillmore San Francisco CA 94115 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.16 37.7865710 -122.4323102

Stroll the landscaped brick pathway and admire the charming Victorians of Cottage Row. Most of the 22 buildings, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, were built by William Hollis during the late 1860’s and 1870’s.

A short walk from Japantown and the Fillmore District, the park was recently improved with a new retaining wall and plant beds.

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Cow Hollow Playground 5am to Midnight 1 Miley St San Francisco CA 94123 Park PSA 1 District 2 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 0.15 37.7973383 -122.4448514

This postage-stamp size playground located a block from popular Union Street shops offers a quiet respite for you and your child. Designed for tots and young school-age children in a idyllic, tree-covered spot, Cow Hollow Playground is the quintessential hidden park jewel.

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Crags Court Garden 5am to Midnight (415) 824-7858 End of Crags Ct San Francisco CA 94131 Community Garden, Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.12 6,055 37.7414196 -122.4406723

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

Venture to the rim of Glen Canyon and discover a well-tended community garden, connected to the park by walking trails.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Crocker Amazon Playground 6am to 11pm Moscow & Geneva San Francisco CA 94112 Park PSA 3 District 11 Accessible Yes Yes 56.46 37.7140459 -122.4292387

Game on! Newly renovated Crocker Amazon is much more than a playground, it’s a sports complex. Five full-size, lighted soccer fields are now available for year-round play, along with baseball and softball fields, tennis, basketball and Bocce courts.

The playground was also treated to a full makeover. With a new clubhouse, community garden, Tiny Tots programs and dog-friendly areas, there’s plenty of room for everyone to play. Concession areas and Yes have been upgraded, too. What more can we say? How about GOAL!

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Diamond & Farnum Open Space 5am to 12am Diamond & Farnum San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.07 37.7388024 -122.4343108

Small parcel awaiting development in Diamond Heights.

Dorothy Erskine Park 6am to 11pm Martha & Baden San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 1.50 37.7339125 -122.4394454

Savor the views as you wander this secluded hilltop Natural Area. The native grassland and scrub habitats are popular with dog-walkers and bird watchers.

Acquired by the City in 1977, the park is named for San Francisco environmental activist Dorothy Erskine, founder of the Greenbelt Alliance.

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Douglass Playground 6am to 10pm 26th & Douglass St San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No 7.45 37.7472782 -122.4389328

Explore this tree-lined hillside in Noe Valley and you’ll find it’s actually two parks (for the price of one), connected by a steep path. On the upper terrace, a rocky wall helps keep your best four-legged friend in view and away from the street.

The lower terrace is human-friendly, with a playground, tennis and basketball courts, and pleasant picnic areas. The clubhouse offers an After-School Program and can be reserved for private events.

Upper Douglass- Winter CLOSURE2015 Flyer

The Upper Douglass Dog Park will be closed from December, 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016 in order to provide time to properly aerate, overseed, topdress and fertilize the field so that we may re-establish healthy and resilient grass as we prepare for the heavy use in the spring.

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Duboce Park 6am to 10pm (415) 717-2872 Duboce & Scott St San Francisco CA 94117 Park PSA 6 District 8 Accessible No Yes 4.31 37.7696150 -122.4334278

There’s always something to do at this lively community hub, home of the newly renovated Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Center. The basketball court is in high demand, and the dog play area is so popular that part of the park is now designated ‘people only’ (leashes optional). Improved play structures feature separate areas for tots and older kids. Don’t miss the Scott Street labyrinth, built by Friends of Duboce Park.

Established in 1900, Duboce Park became a tent city after the 1906 earthquake, sheltering displaced residents from all over the City.

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Duncan & Castro Open Space 5am to Midnight Duncan & Castro San Francisco CA 94131 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 23,958 37.7459757 -122.4333985

This small neighborhood park has beautiful springtime displays of Ithuriel’s spear, Johnny jump-ups, and other striking wildflowers, as well as views of Diamond Heights and Noe Valley. Although it is a relatively small natural area, Duncan-Castro provides habitat for a variety of birds and butterflies.

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DuPont Tennis Courts 5am to Midnight 336 31st Ave San Francisco CA 94121 Park PSA 1 District 1 Accessible No Yes 0.82 37.7826879 -122.4908331

Our courts are absolutely gorgeous, and there are so many, you can play until you drop. Enjoy the views, a little bit of competition, and the support services close at hand.

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Edgehill Mountain 5am to Midnight Edgehill & Garcia San Francisco CA 94127 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 2.33 37.7420303 -122.4597647

Edgehill Mountain is mostly developed, but a small urban forest remains on the south side. Originally part of Adolph Sutro’s San Miguel Ranch, the Edgehill Mountain land was sold following his death in 1898. It became one of the city’s first subdivisions, known as Claremont Court. Houses were built on the mountain’s western and southern slopes. The first major erosion problems began in 1952-53, when winter rains sent part of Edgehill Way and one home sliding down the mountain. Edgehill Mountain Park was established in 1985, when the city purchased one acre of the mountain’s undeveloped western slope. In 1997, a slope above newly constructed homes collapsed during a rainstorm, cascading mud and rock onto the houses below and sending an unmistakable warning that the mountain’s steep slopes could not survive the environmental destruction generated by further residential development.

To protect the park, the community, represented by the Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association, formed the Edgehill Mountain Open Space Committee (EMOSC) with the goal of acquiring seven lots adjacent to the park. From this effort to protect the park, the Friends of Edgehill Mountain was founded and continues to work to preserve the park’s native flora and fauna today. Volunteers have contributed many thousands of hours of work on monthly workdays, helping to improve trails, eliminate non-native invasive plants, and plant indigenous plants. EMOSC also works with local schools and youth organizations to involve young people in learning about and protecting the environment. At nearby Herbert Hoover Middle School and West Portal Elementary School, students in science and ecology classes have used the park as an environmental laboratory, and Boy Scouts have helped with the restoration project as part of earning their Eagle Scout badges in community leadership.

On their first trip to Edgehill Mountain, visitors are often surprised to find this oasis of natural beauty in the middle of the city. The wooded hillside presents a stunning view of Mount Davidson, the Sunset District, and the Pacific Ocean. Red-tailed hawks hunt in the area and nest in its pine trees. EMOSC’s Joan Kingery said, “We want to preserve this unique spot in the center of the city for residents who enjoy the peace and charm of its setting, now and in the future.”

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Esprit Park 5am to Midnight Minnesota St & 19th St San Francisco CA 94107 Park PSA 2 District 10 Accessible No No 1.83 37.7609861 -122.3909937

Toss a Frisbee with friends or work out on the parcourse circuit at this sunny oasis in historic Dogpatch.

The well-groomed field, bordered with benches and stately Redwoods, was previously a corporate garden, gifted to the City by Esprit Corp. Picnic tables fill up with neighborhood workers at lunchtime, while BBQs are in high demand on weekends.

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Eureka Valley Rec Center 9am to 9pm (415) 831-6810 100 Collingwood St San Francisco CA 94114 Park, Rec Center PSA 5 District 8 Accessible No Yes 1.93 37.7597896 -122.4364807

Choose from a wide selection of groups, clubs and classes at this vibrant community center in the Castro District. After a full renovation, the indoor basketball court and play area look brand new again.  The auditorium, gym, lobby, activity room and mezzanine were also remodeled.

Outside, the baseball diamond, tennis court and enclosed dog run were all remodeled, along with the children’s playground. Kids frolic safely on the modern play equipment, surrounded by a low fence and soft rubber floor. The surface design was inspired by “The Wizard of Oz,’ complete with yellow brick road.

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Everson & Digby Lots 5am to Midnight 61 Everson St San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 1.20 37.7380764 -122.4317757

Catch some fresh air in this pocket of open space near Glen Park, with nice views to the south.

Excelsior Playground 6am to 10pm Russia Ave & Madrid San Francisco CA 94112 Park PSA 3 District 11 Accessible No Yes 1.61 37.7203554 -122.4332186

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Locals love the play area at this hidden gem. The sandbox and separate, gated playground with soft rubber flooring are perfect for small tots. Older kids enjoy age-appropriate play structures, too. Have a ball at any age on the basketball court, lighted tennis court or newly renovated baseball field. The clubhouse offers year-round programs in multiple languages. Picnic tables also available.

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Fairmont Plaza 5am to Midnight Miquel & Bemis San Francisco CA 94131 Natural Area, Park PSA 6 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.74 37.7384923 -122.4291315

Find picturesque seclusion on this leafy hilltop, shaded by eucalyptus trees. Bird watchers take note: although small, the Natural Area provides important forest habitat for a variety of birds, from resident chestnut-back chickadees to migratory warblers.

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Father Alfred E. Boeddeker Park 9am to 7pm 246 Eddy St San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No Yes 0.97 37.7843951 -122.4120591

This inner-city sanctuary in the Tenderloin offers a basketball half-court, swings, slide and play structures. The community clubhouse hosts year-round activity programs.

Wander through the plaza to see its historic clock, kiln and two public sculptures. The globe created by Anthony Smith celebrates the area’s diverse heritage, while Bruce Hassan’s bronze ‘Ark’ symbolizes the park as a safe haven for neighborhood families.

Opened in 1985, the park is named for beloved local pastor Father Alfred Boeddeker. Renovations are coming soon thanks to a grant from the Trust for Public Land.

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Fay Park 5am to Midnight 2366 Leavenworth St San Francisco CA 94133 Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 0.25 37.8028903 -122.4178443

Just a block from Lombard Street’s famous “crooked” block, this tiny (1/4-acre) park on the northeast slope of Russian Hill is a hidden gem. The garden’s three terraces, connected by stairs and ramps, climb the hillside for half a city block, lined with stone balustrades and retaining walls, ornamental planting beds, and boxwood hedges. At the top are two latticed wooden gazebos and an overlook with views of San Francisco Bay. Open to the public since 2006, it has become a popular spot for weddings.

The Fay Park garden and adjacent house at Leavenworth and Chestnut Streets were bequeathed to the city by Mary Fay Berrigan, whose family built the first house on the site in 1869 and the current home in 1912. She and her husband, Brigadier General Paul Berrigan, hired renowned landscape architect Thomas Church to design the garden in 1957. The city accepted the property for use as a park upon General Berrigan’s death in 1998, but renovations were needed before it could be opened to the public, including new walkways and other improvements to make it ADA accessible. The house is not open to the public.

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Fillmore & Turk Mini Park 5am to Midnight Fillmore & Turk St San Francisco CA 94115 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.23 37.7801859 -122.4317804

Look for the ‘rainbow’-brightly painted bricks provide a backdrop to this inviting green plaza in the Fillmore District. Enjoy lunch al fresco at one of the picnic tables, surrounded by ornate shrubs and flowers.

Franklin Square 6am to 10pm 16th & Bryant Streets San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 2 District 10 Accessible Yes No 5.18 37.7650151 -122.4093148

Bring the whole family to explore this newly renovated play space. The lighted, artificial turf soccer field is the pride of the neighborhood, and the bright, modern playground will entertain kids of all ages. A dual-level design provides small tots with soft rubber surfacing, sandbox and infant swings. Older kids enjoy climbing structures, slides and seat swings. The park offers several picnic areas with benches.

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Fulton Playground 5am to Midnight 855 27th Ave San Francisco CA 94121 Park PSA 1 District 1 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 0.82 37.7733822 -122.4869341

Come out and play at this friendly community center. The clubhouse hosts a variety of programs and classes, including a After-School Program, Teen Nights and Tiny Tots. Facilities include a sheltered sand playground, basketball and tennis courts and picnic tables. Improvements are coming soon under the Neighborhood Parks Bond.

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Garfield Square 5am to Midnight 26th & Harrison St San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No Yes 2.93 37.7502006 -122.4122356

Transformed by renovations into a lively community hub, this 3.5-acre park boasts a new, artificial turf soccer field, great for league play or pickup games. The playground, clubhouse and pool have all been remodeled, along with the basketball court, picnic and BBQ areas.

Located in the heart of the Mission District, Garfield Square is a traditional gathering spot for annual Day of the Dead ceremonies. Public artworks and murals celebrate the neighborhood’s rich cultural heritage.

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Gene Friend Rec Center (415) 554-9532 270 6th St San Francisco CA 94103 Park, Rec Center PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No Yes 1.02 37.7786393 -122.4063519

Youth programs play a starring role at this busy Recreation Center in the SOMA neighborhood. Facilities include a full indoor gymnasium, activity room, weight room, auditorium, outdoor basketball court and playground. Badminton and volleyball courts, ping pong and foosball tables, too.

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George Christopher Playground 5am to Midnight 5210 Diamond Heights Blvd San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 6.80 37.7434701 -122.4405504

Walkers and joggers love this Diamond Heights open space, with trails that connect to nearby Glen Canyon. Enjoy the canyon views while you run around with your pooch. Named for the 34th mayor of San Francisco, the park also features a sand-floor playground, softball field, tennis and basketball courts. Rent the community clubhouse for your next private event.

Gilman Playground 6am to 10pm Gilman Ave & Griffith San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 4.40 37.7169820 -122.3880902

Score! Recent upgrades have made this popular outdoor basketball court better than ever. Families give big points to the play structure and sand box, along with new benches and tables.

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Glen Canyon Park 5am to Midnight Elk St & Chenery St San Francisco CA 94127 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 77.94 37.7400257 -122.4427323

Beyond Glen Canyon Park’s recreation center, ball field, and tennis courts lies a large urban canyon that has incredible spring wildflower displays, dramatic rock (chert) formations, and Islais Creek, one of the few remaining free-flowing creeks in San Francisco. This 60 acres of wilderness, formerly referred to as the San Miguel Hills, not only provides critical habitat for a wide array of wildlife but serves as a relaxing sanctuary from the city’s urban bustle. An extensive network of hiking trails leads through a variety of habitats.

In the 1970s a plan to widen O’Shaughnessy Boulevard and make it part of the freeway system was defeated by community opposition led by the “Gum Tree ladies,” a group of local women who united around efforts to save Glen Canyon from development. The Friends of Glen Canyon Park and the Glen Park Association continue to work to improve the park’s recreational facilities and restore its natural areas.

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Golden Gate & Steiner Mini Park 5am to Midnight Golden Gate & Steiner San Francisco CA 94115 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.08 37.7795827 -122.4334515

Claim a bench and relax in this small plaza at the intersection of Golden Gate Ave and Steiner St. Pretty flowerbeds are set against a brightly painted fence.

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Golden Gate Heights Park 5am to Midnight 12th Ave & Rockridge San Francisco CA 94116 Park PSA 4 District 7 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 6.95 37.7499854 -122.4694067

Golden Gate Heights combines the amenities of a city park-playground, tennis court, lawns, and trees-with a hilltop dune that provides a good example of San Francisco dune plant life. The rare San Francisco spineflower and San Francisco wallflower both bloom on this small dune patch. Walk west around the trees to see the remnant dune and ocean views. Similar to Grandview Park but not nearly as large, this sandy natural area requires a soft touch. Erosion is a serious problem at Golden Gate Heights Park, so please stay on the trails.

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Golden Gate Park 5am to Midnight (415) 831-2700 Park Headquarters, 501 Stanyan St San Francisco CA 94117 Park GGP District 1 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes Yes 1,031.98 37.7718440 -122.4547160

We’re proud to welcome more than 13 million visitors each year to Golden Gate Park, one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. From a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an oasis–a verdant, horticulturally diverse, and picturesque public space where city dwellers can relax and reconnect with the natural world. The rest, as they say, is history.

Within Golden Gate Park’s 1,017 acres you’ll discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities. To help you plan your visit, we’ve highlighted just a few of the park’s special features and activities below. For more information, stop by McLaren Lodge to pick up a map, get involved, and find out what’s happening in San Francisco’s backyard. For information about reserving facilities for picnicsathletic eventsweddings, and special events, please contact our Permits & Reservations Division at (415) 831-5500.

Shuttle Info Road Closure Info

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Good Prospect Community Garden 5am to Midnight 100 Cortland Ave San Francisco CA 94110 Community Garden, Park PSA 6 District 9 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.03 1,268 37.7400250 -122.4209773

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Grand View Open Space 5am to Midnight 15th Ave & Noriega San Francisco CA 94122 Park PSA 4 District 7 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.65 37.7550723 -122.4723516

This aptly-named hilltop park in the Sunset District has stunning views stretching from downtown San Francisco and Golden Gate Park to Pt. Reyes and around to Lake Merced. The park features a dune plant community atop 140-million-year-old rock called Franciscan chert, which was first formed when the region was part of the ancient sea floor. Most carbonate shells dissolve in ocean waters before they reach the sea floor, but radiolarian shells are silica-based and do not readily dissolve. Millions of years ago, countless radiolaria combined with mineral dust blown from inland deserts to form layers of chert, which were later uplifted to land.

Grandview Park 5am to Midnight Moraga & 14th Ave San Francisco CA 94122 Natural Area, Park PSA 4 District 7 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes No 3.98 37.7564562 -122.4718048

This aptly-named hilltop park in the Sunset District has stunning views stretching from downtown San Francisco and Golden Gate Park to Pt. Reyes and around to Lake Merced. The park features a dune plant community atop 140-million-year-old rock called Franciscan chert, which was first formed when the region was part of the ancient sea floor. Most carbonate shells dissolve in ocean waters before they reach the sea floor, but radiolarian shells are silica-based and do not readily dissolve. Millions of years ago, countless radiolaria combined with mineral dust blown from inland deserts to form layers of chert, which were later uplifted to land.

The brightly colored, nickel-sized green hairstreak butterfly is found in only two regions within the city: the coastal bluffs of the Presidio, and here along Golden Gate Heights, in the nearby Hawk Hill and Rocky Outcrop natural areas. The goal of the Green Hairstreak Project is to reconnect and expand the populations found here so they can interbreed; the group leads spring walking tours of the neighborhood to look for the butterflies.

The predominant plant community at Grandview Park is coastal scrub (bush lupine, dune tansy, beach strawberry, bush monkey flower, and coyote brush). The hill is a harsh environment for plants; the sand retains very little moisture and the plants must survive without rain for six months of the year.

Grandview Trails

Grandview has a small trail network, consisting of 0.2 miles ascending to the top of the park hill. The majority of the climb is made up of wooden stairs. The short trail around the hill top is made up of soft sand like soil.

Since the supply of wind-blown sand from the ocean has been cut off by urban development, sand eroded from Grandview does not replenish itself. The hill’s fragile plant community and animal habitat depend on stopping erosion. When visiting Grandview Park, please stay on stairways and established paths. You can enter the park via two sets of stairs: a concrete stairway at 14th Avenue and Moraga on the east side, or a wooden staircase that ascends the hill’s southwestern flank from Noriega Street.Street parking is widely available around the park. Muni line 66 has stops near the park.

Grandview Park Trail Map - Links to Pdf Trail Map

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Grattan Playground 5am to Midnight 1180 Stanyan St San Francisco CA 94117 Park PSA 2 District 5 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 1.52 37.7625931 -122.4514765

Play ball? You’ll find plenty of room to kick, dribble and serve at Grattan Playground. Whatever your game, the renovated soccer field, two tennis courts and basketball court are all spruced up and ready to go. Bring the whole team: little ones will enjoy the wooden play structure and swings. Picnic areas and community clubhouse available. This park is also home to the non-profit Haight Ashbury Community Nursery School.

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Guy Place 4 Guy Place San Francisco CA 94105 Park PSA 1 District 6 Limited Wheelchair Access N/A 4,000 37.7866787 -122.3944443

As part of a comprehensive program for the development of Rincon Hill as a dense residential neighborhood, the Rincon Hill Plan contains policies to acquire sites for open space. 4-8 Guy Place in particular is identified in Policy 4.1 and Map 8 (“Rincon Hill Public Open Space System”) as a potential acquisition site for a “pocket park”, as it is one of the very few undeveloped pieces of property in the district. It is a small size (4,000 SF), but is on a quiet, low traffic side street, surrounded by lower-scale residential and commercial buildings.

The site slopes down from Guy Place to a flat pad, is generally unpaved other than a concrete ramp from the street, and contains two sizable trees. The property has most recently been used for surface parking, but was not open for public parking.

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Hamilton Rec Center 5am to Midnight (415) 292-2111 1900 Geary Blvd San Francisco CA 94115 Park, Rec Center PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No Yes 3.22 37.7844149 -122.4360393

Park is now open! The $17-million improvement project rebuilt the Recreation Center, swimming pool, playground and athletic courts.
Come check out the improved Hamilton Rec Center!

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Hawk Hill 5am to Midnight 14th Ave & Rivera St San Francisco CA 94116 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 4.85 37.7465410 -122.4686581

Hawk Hill is a magnificent remnant hilltop dune with ocean views of southwestern San Francisco. The shifting sand supports a wide variety of dune plants, including the locally rare California croton and the San Francisco wallflower. The brightly colored, nickel-sized green hairstreak butterfly is found in only two regions within the city: the coastal bluffs of the Presidio, and along the ridge of Golden Gate Heights, here in this and the nearby Rocky Outcrop natural areas. The goal of the Green Hairstreak Project is to reconnect and expand the populations found here so they can interbreed; the group leads spring walking tours of the neighborhood to look for the butterflies.

Before western San Francisco was settled, ocean winds deposited sand on Hawk Hill from dunes to the west of the park. Now development has spread over most of the Sunset District over the dunes west of Twin Peaks dunes, leaving no source of sand to replenish Hawk Hill. Because of the sensitivity of this site and the potential for erosion, there are no designated trails and public access is discouraged.

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Hayes Valley Playground 5am to Midnight Hayes & Buchanan St San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No Yes 0.61 37.7760603 -122.4273671

A quarter-acre inner city playground and clubhouse, Hayes Valley Playground is located in a diverse, community-oriented San Francisco neighborhood. The park’s clubhouse is a regular gathering space for residents and provides much needed programming, especially for youth from nearby public housing developments. Community members participated in a 6-month design process with the end result: a park that local residents—young and old—love.

Playground features:

  • 2,500 sq. ft. clubhouse
  • play areas for school-aged children and tots
  • a stage and plaza for community gatherings
  • outdoor fitness equipment for adults
  • community garden plots

The new design also employs sustainable features including a living roof on the clubhouse, water saving drought-tolerant plants, recycled denim insulation, and solar panels for radiant floor heating. The park re-opened on June 11, 2011

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Head & Brotherood Mini Park 5am to Midnight Head St & Brotherhood Way San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 11 Accessible No No 0.55 37.7126222 -122.4642292

Bring your tot or your pup for an afternoon break at this small play area and off-leash dog run in Ingleside Heights.

Helen Wills Playground 5am to Midnight Broadway & Larkin San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No Yes 0.80 37.7957730 -122.4206614

A $3.4 million renovation project in 2005 transformed the .8-acre site in the Polk Gulch neighborhood into a sleek and modern urban park space. The park boasts a multi-functional clubhouse, unique play features, sports courts and landscaping accents throughout the grounds designed to give visitors a greener and more unique park experience. The park also includes its own boardwalk, giving visitors a bird’s eye view of the attractive grounds.

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Herz Playground 6am to 10pm Hahn & Visitacion San Francisco CA 94134 Park PSA 3 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes Yes 6.68 37.7134844 -122.4165973

This spacious park in Visitacion Valley offers activities for all ages. Join a class or program at the community clubhouse. Find swimming lessons, Tiny Tots and Open Swim hours at the renovated Coffman Pool. Sports fans can choose from tennis, basketball, soccer and baseball facilities, and there’s still room on the field for dog-lovers and their pets. Sand-floor playground and picnic areas available.

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Hilltop Park 6am to 10pm La Salle & Whitney Young Circle San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 3.46 37.7329173 -122.3834748

It’s easy to locate Hilltop Park: look for the 70-foot giant sundial. Its cement base creates a stage for the surrounding amphitheater. Hilltop was the City’s first public skateboard park and the skate bowl is still in use. Cement slides and picnic tables available.

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Holly Park 6am to 10pm Holly Park Circle San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No Yes 8.15 37.7372096 -122.4199401

Rediscover one of the City’s oldest public parks, now completely renovated. The lively new playground, top-rated by the San Francisco Chronicle, offers colorful, modern play structures with slides, swings and climbing ropes. Gated picnic/BBQ areas are popular gathering spots for birthday parties and family events. Stroll or jog the well-groomed path around the perimeter, or climb the hill for a spectacular City view. Tennis court, basketball court and baseball field available.

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Hooker Alley (Nob Hill) Community Garden Bush St & Mason St San Francisco CA 94108 Community Garden, Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.06 2,403 37.7904335 -122.4101726

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Howard & Langton Mini Park Community Garden 6am to 10pm Howard St & Langton St San Francisco CA 94103 Community Garden, Park PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No No 0.20 9,204 37.7772000 -122.4098000

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Hyde & Vallejo Mini Park Hyde & Vallejo San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.10 37.7976356 -122.4191056

Washington-Hyde Mini Park is a postage stamp-size jewel tucked away in the City’s Nob Hill neighborhood. The .15-acre park is one of the city’s more charming and unique spots, marked by play structures and other features that replicate the streets of an Old World town. Bring the kiddies and a lunch and enjoy one of San Francisco’s best-kept secrets.

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Ina Coolbrith Park Vallejo & Taylor San Francisco CA 94133 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No No 0.80 37.7981647 -122.4133837

If you love exploring and discovering little pockets of the hidden San Francisco, there’s a little .8-acre park in Russian Hill that’s calling your name. Enjoy the hike up to Ina Coolbrith Park and, if the steep hills don’t take your breath away, the stunning views of the city and the bay sure will.

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India Basin Shoreline Park (415) 819-6138 Hunters Point Blvd & Hawes St San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes No 11.57 37.7336634 -122.3737190

Just 150 years ago, San Francisco Bay was ringed by wetlands, valuable ecosystems that supported many plant and animal species. Over 90 percent of these wetlands have been lost to development, but a few can still be found. India Basin is one of these precious wetlands, and is the only natural area within the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department system that borders the bay.

Restoration began at India Basin in 2000 as part of a mitigation project associated with San Francisco International Airport. Today the park features tidal salt marsh and upland habitat that provides food and shelter for a variety of shorebirds and foraging habitat for raptors. It also boasts excellent views of the bay, trails that link to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, access for kayakers, and fantastic bird watching.

Natural History

Wetlands, including mudflats, ponds, tidal channels, and salt marshes, are home to a wealth of plants and wildlife. Specially adapted plants such as cordgrass, toad rush, pickleweed, and marsh rosemary can withstand the changing environmental conditions of the India Basin tidal salt marsh. These plants triumph over the daily adversities of inundation, exposure, extreme temperatures, high salinity, turbidity variations, and oxygen-poor water. Not only do they survive in the harsh environment, they flourish to the point of creating some of the most productive ecosystems on earth. Countless organisms feed, take shelter, and nest in salt marsh foliage.

More than 75 species of birds have been observed foraging in the salt marshes and mudflats of India Basin. A few common inhabitants are the snowy egret, American avocet, northern harrier, brown pelican, and great blue heron.

Healthy wetlands provide countless environmental benefits in addition to their significance as habitat. They reduce bank and shoreline erosion and damage caused by stream runoff, tidal waters, flooding, and wave action. By trapping pollutants, wetlands improve the water quality of urban and agricultural runoff into the bay. They also trap and stabilize sediment suspended in the water that would otherwise hinder fish and plant growth.

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Interior Greenbelt Stanyan St & Belgrade St San Francisco CA 94131 Natural Area, Park, Trail Limited Wheelchair Access No No 21.35 37.7597547 -122.4533682

The Interior Greenbelt is located on Mt. Sutro, south of Golden Gate Park and north of Twin Peaks. This park is almost entirely covered by blue gum eucalyptus forest. Small remnant native plant populations exist here in the understory, including three locally sensitive plants species: sweet cicely, fairy bells, and thimbleberry. There is also an old creek bed that carries water through the park at times during the rainy season. This urban forest provides habitat for a variety of birds.

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J.P. Murphy Playground 5am to Midnight 1960 9th Ave San Francisco CA 94116 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible No Yes 1.23 37.7518011 -122.4650001

This playground has a play structure, a large grass area with some nice shrubbery (perfect for the pooch to run around); in addition, there are three tennis courts and a basketball court.

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Jackson Playground 6am to 11pm 17th & Arkansas St San Francisco CA 94107 Park PSA 2 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 4.41 37.7643148 -122.3996072

This busy community hub in Potrero Hill features a popular sand-floor playground. Mosaics mounted in the surrounding wall were handmade by neighborhood children and local artist Josh Sarantitis. The park also offers picnic areas, tennis courts, basketball courts and two ball fields.

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James Rolph Jr Playground 6am to 11pm Potrero & Cesar Chavez St San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No Yes 2.93 37.7497274 -122.4062312

Rolph Playground has been transformed into a dynamic community center. Kids love the new clubhouse and modern play structures, while the athletic fields and programs are popular with all ages. Baseball field, basketball and tennis courts available.

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Japantown Peace Plaza Post & Buchanan San Francisco CA 94115 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.71 37.7852091 -122.4297510

Located at the heart of Japantown, the Peace Plaza hosts many annual traditions of this historic neighborhood, including the Cherry Blossom Festival, Nihonmachi Street Fair, the Summer Obon Festival and the Year-End Festival.

Rising from the plaza’s center is the Peace Pagoda, a five-tiered concrete shrine designed by Japanese architect Yoshiro Taniguchi. Installed in 1968, it was a gift from the people of Osaka, San Francisco’s sister city in Japan.

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Jefferson Square 5am to Midnight Eddy & Gough San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 5 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 5.64 37.7818003 -122.4256579

Take a relaxing stroll among the grassy lawns and stately old trees of this 5.6-acre green space. There is an off-leash play area for dogs, and the small plaza on the Eddy Street side hosts several community events, including Arbor Day festivities. This park played a role in the City’s history: it was the site of an earthquake camp in 1906.

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Joe DiMaggio Playground 6am to 10pm 651 Lombard St San Francisco CA 94133 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No Yes 2.52 37.8024834 -122.4120691

Formerly known as North Beach Playground, this playground was renamed in 2000 in honor of Hall-of-Fame baseball player and former San Francisco resident Joe DiMaggio, who spent many of his formative years playing ball at North Beach and other local parks. A $7.5 million renovation in 2005 saw the playground’s once tiny clubhouse transformed into a 2,200 square-foot, state-of-the-art, multi-use community building.

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John McLaren Park 5am to Midnight Mansell St & John F Shelley Dr San Francisco CA 94134 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible Yes Yes 312.54 37.7180842 -122.4190721

Discover San Francisco’s second-largest park. In addition to playgrounds, picnic areas and game courts, you’ll find the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, a golf course, McNab Lake and the newly renovated Coffman Pool. Explore an immense Natural Area of scenic meadows, grassland and wetland habitat. More than 7 miles of walking trails meander through its 312 acres, replete with native plants and wildlife. Established in 1927, the park is named for John McLaren, the ‘grandfather of Golden Gate Park.’

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Joost & Baden Mini Park Joost & Baden San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.14 37.7327328 -122.4408417

A nice collection of drought-tolerant and native plants turns this landscape Sunnyside stairway into a welcoming mini-garden.

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Jose Coronado Playground 6am to 10pm 21st & Folsom St San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No No 0.78 37.7575463 -122.4151059

This urban escape was recently improved with resurfaced courts and new backboards. Blacktop soccer and baseball are popular pastimes here, along with classes offered at the community clubhouse. Full basketball court, tennis court and play structure available.

Joseph Conrad Mini Park 601 Beach St San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 0.09 37.8066724 -122.4190627

Located on a triangular stretch of land bordered by Colunbus Avenue, Beach Street and Leavenworth in the North Beach/Wharf area, Joseph Conrad Mini Park offers a touch of green space a stone’s throw from The Cannery and Aquatic Park.

Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza Grove & Larkin San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No No 5.38 37.7794805 -122.4175995

This plaza offers two play areas at the center of historic Civic Center. Combine a visit with a trip to the weekly Farmer’s Market, the Asian Art Museum or San Francisco Main Library, which has a wonderful children’s section and reading room.

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Joseph Lee Rec Center (415) 970-9204 1395 Mendell St San Francisco CA 94124 Park, Rec Center PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No Yes 0.78 17,450 37.7345349 -122.3894120

Visit this thriving community center in the Bayview District and you’ll find a wide selection of games, sports, programs and classes. Play basketball, ping-pong, tetherball or air hockey. Join a pickup game on the multipurpose field or sign up for an arts & crafts workshop at the clubhouse.

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Julius Kahn Playground West Pacific Ave & Spruce St San Francisco CA 94118 Park PSA 1 District 2 Accessible Yes Yes 12.38 37.7913131 -122.4539728

A 2003 renovation transformed a heavily used playground into a state-of-the-art, Parisian-style play area. The new Julius Kahn design was developed with the feel and aesthetics of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. The park also includes an interactive wet sand play sculpture and unique and challenging play equipment.

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Junipero Serra Playground 5am to Midnight 300 Stonecrest Dr San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible No Yes 1.53 37.7248234 -122.4738519

Renovated in 2008, this charming neighborhood park features a new playground and an 1,800-square-foot clubhouse. Two Islamic tile murals by artist Laurey (Bean) Finneran were commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission and are located on the north and south exterior walls of the clubhouse.

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Juri Commons 6am to 10pm Guerrero and 26th San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No No 0.32 37.7495039 -122.4219925

Uncover a neighborhood treasure in the Mission District. Small play areas are tucked along this tree-lined walkway, which cuts through an entire city block. The beautiful planting beds are the creation of an active local community that organizes regular work parties and gardening events.
Juri Commons was once the site of a railroad track for the San Francisco-San Jose Railroad, one of California’s first intercity rail links. After the 1906 earthquake, tracks were rerouted and this line was taken out of service.

Justin Herman – Embarcadero Plaza Steuart St and Market St San Francisco CA 94111 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No No 4.33 37.7948798 -122.3947658

This lively plaza at the eastern end of Market Street is a popular lunchtime gathering place for workers in nearby office buildings. Parents bring their children to play by the Vaillancourt Fountain, while shoppers flock to the regular crafts markets along the plaza’s edge. In summer you can enjoy a series of free lunchtime concerts here, while the winter holiday season marks the return of the outdoor ice skating rink. In recent years, a company has offered zipline tours over the plaza, with sweeping views of the waterfront, during the summer months.

Opened in 1972, Justin Herman Plaza, which is named for the city planner who led redevelopment efforts in the area, was designed by noted architect Lawrence Halprin. At that time the double-deck Embarcadero Freeway loomed directly behind it, dominating the skyline and cutting the plaza off from the waterfront beyond. After the 1989 earthquake, the freeway was torn down, and now the plaza is backed by palm trees, with the Ferry Building tower, just across the Embarcadero, dominating the view. The fountain, by Canadian artist Armand Vaillancourt, has been controversial since its installation — some residents complain that it’s ugly, while others like to climb around and above it, enjoying the play of water as it spills from the fountain’s rectangular steel and concrete arms.

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Kelloch & Velasco Mini Park 6am to 10pm Kelloch & Velasco St San Francisco CA 94134 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No No 1.74 37.7085427 -122.4131488

This small urban retreat recently received a full makeover. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family to enjoy the brand new children’s play areas and popular basketball courts.

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Kid Power Park Sunrise to Sunset 45 Hoff St San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 6 Accessible No No 0.23 37.7641543 -122.4202799

After local kids lobbied for a play space in their Mission neighborhood, this former parking lot was transformed into an urban retreat. The brand new park features dual-level play areas with modern equipment and soft rubber safety flooring. Cozy benches and tables are set around a beloved community garden.
The design’s bright colors and tropical plants reflect the Mission’s rich cultural heritage. The arched gate and tiled fountain create an inviting entrance, and a three-story mosaic mural by Josef Norris provides an artful backdrop to a beloved neighborhood gem.

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Kite Hill Yukon & 19th St San Francisco CA 94114 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 2.87 37.7581718 -122.4416511

Kite Hill, a small park in central San Francisco with excellent views of the city, is home to a grassland plant community. During summer and early fall, the land is parched and golden brown, and native grasses drop their seeds and await the winter rains. By February, the hill transforms to a verdant green. In spring a variety of native wildflowers, including California poppy, checkerbloom, Ithuriel’s spear, and soap plant add color to the grassland.

Soap plant is a lily found only in California. The flowers open up late in the day and are pollinated by moths and bumblebees. Native Americans used the bulb of the plant for many purposes: crushing it into a foamy lather for cleaning, making it into a glue, and cooking and eating the bulb like a potato. Early San Francisco settlers harvested the soap plant tubers for mattress stuffing.

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Koshland Park Sunrise to Sunset Page & Buchanan San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.82 37.7732484 -122.4267294

Children love the bright play structures and sand pit at this leafy Hayes Valley plaza. Local schools use the Community Learning Garden to educate young people about gardening and food sources. Its well-tended beds are the pride of the neighborhood. If gardening isn’t your thing, you can also shoot hoops on the half-court, or bring your pup here to play.

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Lafayette Park 5am to Midnight Gough & Washington St San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 1 District 2 Accessible No Yes 11.49 37.7915498 -122.4276716

With its grassy lawns, lovely views of the city and the bay, tennis courts, playground, picnic tables, and off-leash dog-play area, this hilly park is a source of respite and recreation for residents of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood.

The city set aside the four-block area in 1855 to be used for a park, but did not officially establish one until 1867. In the meantime, an attorney named Samuel Holladay claimed part of the land and built himself a house at the hill’s summit that became a favorite destination for local literary and political society. Litigation continued for years before the matter was settled; the house was finally torn down in 1936. The first astronomical observatory on the West Coast was built in Lafayette Park in 1879 by George Davidson, best known for his work with the U.S. Coastal Survey. After the 1906 earthquake, refugees from the destruction camped out here and watched the city burn in the great fire that followed the quake.

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Lake Merced Park Skyline Blvd & Harding Rd San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible Yes Yes 614.00 37.7218356 -122.4923818

Lake Merced, a large freshwater lake in San Francisco’s southwestern corner, is the heart of a 614-acre park that is popular with boaters, hikers, bicyclists, and birdwatchers. A 4.5-mile paved trail circles the lake’s perimeter; facilities include many picnic areas and a boathouse, fishing pier, and boat launch. The park is bounded by three golf courses, including City-owned Harding Park.

Lake Merced is major water, recreational, and natural resource for the City and County of San Francisco and the surrounding area. It is also an important stop for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. More than half of the park is managed by the Recreation and Parks Department’s Natural Areas Program, which works to restore and protect habitat for birds and other wildlife, as well as to maintain and improve trails.

Originally inhabited by the Ohlone people, the land around Lake Merced was a ranch during the era of Mexican rule. In the 1850s, a famous duel took place near the lake’s shore, between David S. Terry, formerly chief justice of the Supreme Court of California, and the Honorable David C. Broderick, a U.S. senator. Broderick died of his wounds, but Terry was later acquitted; a plaque now marks the location.

The lake has supplied water to the City since the late 1860s. The park was established in the 1950s, after the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which manages the City’s water supply and owns the land, turned its management over to the Recreation and Parks Department. The park is bounded by John Muir Drive, Skyline Boulevard, and Lake Merced Boulevard.

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Lakeview & Ashton Mini Park 6am to 10pm Shields St & Orizaba Ave San Francisco CA 94132 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.51 37.7180915 -122.4625727

This rocky outcrop is part of a ridge of sandstone in the Merced and Ingleside Heights neighborhoods. While the park is very small, its grassy and rocky slopes are home to a variety of native plant species, including buckwheat, dudleya, farewell-to-spring, coast onion, and soap plant. This diversity of plants means there are flowers in bloom at Lakeview/Ashton Mini Park through most of the spring and summer. This wide window of flower availability provides a crucial long-term food source for many local butterflies and other insects. In 2003, a locally rare arboreal salamander was found hiding amongst the rocks. This relatively large brown salamander, four inches long when mature, has a whitish belly that in juveniles is darker and covered with light-blue spots. Arboreal salamanders have tails that are well adapted for grasping branches to help climb trees.

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Laurel Hill Playground 5am to Midnight 251 Euclid Ave San Francisco CA 94118 Park PSA 1 District 2 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 1.47 37.7839368 -122.4509393

This friendly playground hosts a teaching laboratory for Childhood Development and Family Studies. City College students organize activities, music and games on a free, drop-in basis. The well-maintained play structure and sand pit are just right for small tots. A tennis court, baseball diamond, full basketball court and clubhouse round out this welcome neighborhood asset.

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LeConte Mini Park 845 Meade St San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.16 37.7176561 -122.3958507

A .16-acre mini park on the edge of Bayview Park and near Candlestick Park, LeConte Mini Park is a park open space with potential.

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Lessing & Sears Mini Park 6am to 10pm Sickles & Sears San Francisco CA 94112 Park PSA 3 District 11 Accessible No No 0.15 37.7086041 -122.4553029

Transformed by recent renovations, this little oasis in the Outer Mission offers a brand new tot play structure and many upgraded amenities. It’s also home to a beloved community garden.

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Lincoln Park 5am to Midnight 34th Ave & Clement San Francisco CA 94121 Park PSA 1 District 1 Accessible Yes Yes 112.03 37.7842384 -122.4983828

This 100-acre park in the city’s northwestern corner offers superb views of downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands. Its main features are an 18-hole public golf course and the Legion of Honor museum, with its fine collections of European paintings, European decorative arts and sculpture — including a series of masterworks by Auguste Rodin — and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the largest repository of works of art on paper in the western United States. Sculptor George Segal’s moving Holocaust Memorial is in a grove of trees across the street from the Legion of Honor. Hikers can pick up the California Coastal Trail here and travel west along the steep cliffs of Land’s End, in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, to the ocean; or east to Baker Beach and the Presidio.

From 1868 until 1909, the land where Lincoln Park now lies was a cemetery, known variously as Golden Gate Cemetery, City Cemetery, and Potter’s Field (then a common name for burial places of people who were indigent or unknown). Thousands were interred here, including more than 4,000 Chinese residents, as well as members of the Italian, French, Japanese, Serbian, and other ethnic communities of San Francisco. In 1909, the land was turned over to the Park Commission, and Lincoln Park, named for President Abraham Lincoln, was dedicated. A three-hole golf layout had been completed in 1902, but now plans were made for a complete 18-hole course, which was finished in 1917. For 23 years, Lincoln was the city’s only municipal golf course, and in its earliest years charged no fee.

In 1924, the Legion of Honor Museum opened in Lincoln Park. Also known as the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, this fine arts museum, dedicated to the memory of California soldiers who lost their lives in World War I, is a three-quarter scale adaptation of the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur in Paris. The building and its initial collections were funded by sugar baron Adolph Spreckels and his wife, Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, the museum’s founder. From 1992 to 1995, the museum underwent a major renovation that included seismic strengthening and the addition of six special exhibition galleries, as well as a glass pyramid skylight. During the renovation, Gold Rush-era remains and artifacts from the former cemetery were discovered still buried below the museum grounds.

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Little Hollywood Park 6am to 10pm Lathrop & Tocoloma San Francisco CA 94134 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No No 1.31 37.7099691 -122.3982088

Visit this family-friendly park for the great play area and full basketball court.

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Louis Sutter Playground 6am to 10pm Wayland & University San Francisco CA 94134 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible Yes Yes 13.92 37.7224598 -122.4139244

A favorite picnic spot, this recently improved playground is also the perfect place to watch ducks and birds on nearby McNab Lake. Choose from dozens of picnic areas, or rent the clubhouse for your private event. Sports fans will be happy to find two tennis courts, a full basketball court, a soccer pitch and two baseball fields. Dogs are welcome, too!

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Lower Great Highway Great Highway & Noriega San Francisco CA 94122 Park District 4 Accessible No Yes 21.10 37.7492806 -122.5081753

Take a scenic walk or jog along this 3.5-mile recreational trail, which runs along Ocean Beach from Skyline Boulevard to the historic Cliff House. As you roam along the coast, look for the remains of the 19th-century Sutro Baths, which burned down in 1966.

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Margaret S.Hayward Playground 1016 Laguna San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No Yes 5.03 37.7808468 -122.4254270

Bring the whole team out to play at this spacious park in the Western Addition. The playground and sand pit will hit a home run with little ones. Tiny Tots and after-school programs are available at the historic clubhouse. Bigger folks can choose from two tennis courts, two basketball courts, and two of the City’s best baseball/softball fields.

Built in 1955, the park is named for the woman who pioneered the movement for public playgrounds in San Francisco.

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Maritime Plaza 285 Washington St San Francisco CA 94111 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No No 2.01 37.7956051 -122.3992389

Take a break from the bustle of downtown in this beautifully landscaped plaza surrounding the Alcoa Building. Connected by pedestrian bridges to Golden Gateway and Embarcadero Center, it’s the perfect spot to bring lunch or enjoy a respite from sightseeing.
According to historic documents, the remains of two ships lie buried partially beneath the park. About 50 old ships are believed to be buried in this area.

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McCoppin Square 5am to Midnight (415) 235-4576 24th & Taraval San Francisco CA 94116 Park PSA 4 District 4 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 7.24 37.7438272 -122.4800796

Join a pickup game on the grassy field, or bring a tennis racket and hit the courts. Parents love this quiet green haven in the Sunset District, located across the street from a police station. Slides, swings and monkey bars keep kids busy on the gated playground. There’s a popular baseball diamond, too. Improvements to the playground and tennis courts are coming soon, along with a new basketball half-court.

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McKinley Square 6am to 10pm 20th St & Vermont San Francisco CA 94107 Park PSA 2 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 2.81 37.7591398 -122.4046906

This open space on sunny Potrero Hill, next to the real crookedest street in San Francisco (hint: it’s not Lombard!), offers spectacular views and a busy, well-loved playground. A popular spot for birthday parties and picnics, there’s enough space to kick a ball or romp with your dog. Enjoy the growing community garden and beautiful cypress trees.

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Merced Heights Playground 5am to Midnight Byxbee & Shields St San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 11 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 1.03 37.7175093 -122.4702813

At just a tad over one acre, Merced Heights Playground is a neighborhood park offering a playground, basketball courts and plenty of space for kids to play. Merced Heights is located at Byxbee and Shields streets.

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Michelangelo Playground Greenwich & Jones San Francisco CA 94133 Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.44 37.8010957 -122.4168992

Good things do come in small packages. Michelangelo Park, tucked away between the North Beach and Russian Hill neighborhoods, this .44-acre jewel includes a playground, basketball court and grassy area to have a picnic or just relax.

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Midtown Terrace Playground 5am to Midnight Clarendon & Olympia Way San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible No Yes 1.57 37.7522337 -122.4545325

This roomy new playground in Forrest Hill features a modern play structure and sandbox, surrounded by trees. The clubhouse hosts Tiny Tots and afterschool programs for little ones. Shiny new basketball courts are in high demand, and the well-groomed grass field is a great place to toss a ball for your pooch.

The east bank of this park is actually an earthen dam, creating a reservoir where the land forms a natural bowl. Adolph Sutro once kept his cattle here.

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Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center 5am to Midnight (415) 337-4710 650 Capitol San Francisco CA 94112 Park, Rec Center PSA 4 District 11 Accessible No Yes 10.30 37.7157702 -122.4575702

Choose from a wide selection of programs and classes at this sparkling new Recreation Center. The renovated building includes a gymnasium, community room, teen center, multipurpose rooms, arts and crafts room, preschool, kitchen and weight room. A large central courtyard provides additional gathering space. The Rec Center shares a 10-acre park with baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts. The play structures, entry plaza, picnic and BBQ areas, and paths have also been upgraded.

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Miraloma Playground 5am to Midnight Omar & Sequoia Way San Francisco CA 94127 Park PSA 5 District 7 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 2.20 37.7386461 -122.4493127

Bring the whole team to play on a completely renovated ball field at this friendly neighborhood park. You’ll also find basketball and tennis courts, and a wide grassy lawn where you can toss a Frisbee or run around with your pooch. Little ones will enjoy the playground and sand pit, along with afterschool and Tiny Tots programs at the spacious Rec Center.

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Mission Dolores Park 6am to 10pm 19th & Dolores St San Francisco CA 94114 Park PSA 6 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 15.94 37.7597551 -122.4270941

A Leave No Trace park, encompassing nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations, the vibrant heart of its equally vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood. Here you’ll find lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, one basketball court, a multi-use court, a playground, and two off-leash dog play areas. Yes. Many festivals, performances, and other cultural events are held here, and on sunny afternoons people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond.

Named for nearby Mission Dolores, the park is situated on land that was once a Jewish cemetery. The City bought the property in 1905 and established the park. In 1906 it served as a refugee camp for more than 1,600 residents made homeless by the earthquake and fire.

Mission Dolores Park is bounded by Church, Dolores, 18th, and 20th streets. The Muni Metro J-Church Line runs along its western edge.

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Mission Playground 6am to 10pm 19th & Linda San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 2.03 37.7592917 -122.4223006

Join the fun on this busy, well-maintained playground or make a splash at the City’s only outdoor pool. Two tennis courts, a basketball court and a blacktop soccer pitch are available for games. Relax on a bench or take stroll through the grassy area. The playground shares a site with the much-loved Mission Clubhouse.

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Mission Rec Center (415) 695-5012 2450 Harrison St San Francisco CA 94110 Park, Rec Center PSA 6 District 9 Accessible Yes Yes 9,873 37.7581968 -122.4128127

Mission Recreation Center is the hub for recreational activities in the Mission. Mission Recreation Center offers a indoor gymnasium, which is used for basketball, volleyball, indoor-soccer and many more sports. We also have a newly expanded fitness center, which includes treadmills, stair masters, ellipticals and so much more. There is also Boxing Ring, 2 Racquetball/Handball courts, weight room table tennis and a children’s play area.

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Moscone Rec Center 6am to 11pm (415) 292-2045 1800 Chestnut St San Francisco CA 94123 Park, Rec Center PSA 1 District 2 Accessible No Yes 12.07 9,650 37.8021249 -122.4331353

Find activities and programs for all ages at this full-service Rec Center in the Marina District. The popular facility includes an indoor gym, community rooms, two play areas, a basketball court, two tennis courts, four ball diamonds, a putting green and fully renovated playground.

Local legend has it that Joe DiMaggio took Marilyn Monroe for a stroll in this park just hours before they tied the knot at City Hall. Formerly known as Funston Park, it was renamed for Mayor Moscone, who was assassinated in 1978.

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Mountain Lake Park 6am to 10pm 1 11th Ave San Francisco CA 94118 Park PSA 1 District 2 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 12.79 37.7872426 -122.4690454

Walk or jog along the lake, or try the built-in fitness circuit. This lakeside retreat offers picnic spots, basketball half-court, four tennis courts, and a popular off-leash dog play area. Children enjoy the sand-floor playground with slides, swings and a climbing structure. The covered picnic pavilion can be reserved for birthday parties and other events.

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Mt. Davidson Park Myra Way San Francisco CA 94127 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 40.71 37.7390642 -122.4546452

At 938 feet, Mt. Davidson is the highest point in San Francisco. Its most noticeable feature, aside from its height, is the 103-foot concrete cross at its peak. Seen from above, there is a clear division between the mountain’s eucalyptus forest on the west and coastal scrub and grassland on the east. Mt. Davidson has significant natural and recreational resources. The diversity of vegetation provides habitat for a wide range of migratory and resident birds, including 18 locally sensitive species. Myriad trails traverse the western slopes, where the densely overgrown vegetation and fog drip give a hiker the feeling of being in a rainforest.

Coastal Scrub and Grassland

Mt. Davidson’s northeast slope contains coastal scrub and grassland plant communities that are home to two uncommon plant species, California huckleberry and Pacific reed grass. Coastal scrub provides important structure and cover for bird nests, and the plants are an incredible food source for birds. Coyote brush alone provides habitat for more than 250 species of insects, which in turn are a critical food source for birds and other animals, such as California alligator lizards and western fence lizards. The thorny strands of California blackberry often wind their way around the coyote brush, bearing fruit for birds, raccoons, and humans throughout the summer. Bee plant is aptly named, as it attracts not only bumblebees and honeybees, but more than 20 species of non-stinging solitary bees.

During summer and early fall the grassland is parched and golden brown, and native grasses drop their seeds and await the winter rains. By February the grassy slopes transform to a verdant green. In spring a variety of native wildflowers, including California poppy, blue-eyed grass, hog fennel, checkerbloom, and mule’s ears, add color to the mountain.

Urban Forest

Mt. Davidson’s forest accounts for more than 30 of the park’s acres, and is mostly blue gum eucalyptus. These trees were planted around San Francisco beginning in the 19th century and have significant value for both wildlife and people, even though they are an invasive species. Owls and hawks rely on them for nesting and hunting, and human residents appreciate the respite that the urban forest offers.

Cultural History

Mt. Davidson was originally named Blue Mountain for the lupine, Douglas iris, and California lilac that painted its hillsides in the spring. In 1911, at the urging of the Sierra Club, the mountain was renamed after George Davidson, the geographer who surveyed it. The fight to save this peak from urban development was won when Maddie Brown, president of the Commodore Sloat Elementary School PTA, arranged for students to flood a city Board of Supervisors hearing with wildflowers gathered from the hill.

The forest on Mt. Davidson can be traced back to Adolph Sutro, who at one time owned one-twelfth of the acreage of San Francisco, all the way from Parnassus Avenue to Ocean Avenue, and from Stanyan Street to Junipero Serra Boulevard. This included what is now Sutro Heights Park and the ruins of the Sutro Baths, as well as Mt. Sutro. In the 1880s, Sutro recruited schoolchildren to plant saplings of fast-growing trees on his property, including Mt. Davidson. Sutro’s planting spree was spurred by the city’s adoption of rules granting tax-free status to forested lands within city limits. Although Sutro planted a diversity of tree species, it is mainly the blue gum eucalyptus that has survived and spread.

The concrete cross atop Mt. Davidson, erected in 1934, was one of a series of five crosses built during the Depression using donations. In 1997, San Francisco voters approved the monument’s sale to the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California.

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Mt. Olympus Upper Terrace San Francisco CA 94117 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.21 37.7633076 -122.4455405

Catch a breath of fresh air on this windy, 570-foot hilltop, once considered the geographic center of the City. An obelisk is all that remains of the statue that used to grace its peak.

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Mullen & Peralta Mini Park Mullen & Peralta San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.45 37.7460764 -122.4088071

This is a small, elevated mini park near Bernal Heights Park. It features a sweeping view of the City, a pair of stone benches, and small trees and flowers on a sloped grassy area. A garbage receptacle is provided. There are no restrooms.

Muriel Leff Mini Park 7th Ave and Geary San Francisco CA 94118 Park PSA 1 District 1 Accessible No No 0.21 37.7800646 -122.4650080

Unwind in this pocket of green in the Inner Richmond. Bring a picnic lunch and relax under a tree. Kids will dig the play area’s sandbox and the unique public sculpture.

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Noe & Beaver Mini Park Community Garden 6am to 10pm Noe St & Beaver St San Francisco CA 94114 Community Garden, Park PSA 6 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.06 2,577 37.7649171 -122.4334455

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

Garden plots are in high demand at this green Noe Valley oasis, where beautiful trees border the well-tended beds.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Noe Valley Courts 6am to 10pm 24th & Douglass St San Francisco CA 94114 Park PSA 5 District 8 Accessible No Yes 0.93 37.7514032 -122.4389210

Look for this small green sanctuary at the end of the Noe Valley shopping district. A newly renovated playground beckons little ones, while the well-groomed lawn is nice spot for lunch or a romp with your dog. Tennis and basketball courts are in high demand, and more park improvements are coming soon.

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O’Shaughnessy Hollow O'Shaughnessy Blvd San Francisco CA 94127 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 3.75 37.7401690 -122.4448760

This steep cliff towering above O’Shaughnessy Boulevard has beautiful grasslands and magnificent rocky outcrops. The folds and fractures within the chert are some of the most dramatic in San Francisco. Although technically a different park, O’Shaughnessy Hollow is only separated from Glen Canyon by a road, and its grassland and scrub plant communities are quite similar. See the description of Glen Canyon Park for more information.

In the early 1980s the area was considered for a development of 16 single-family homes. Ultimately these parcels were purchased by the City and County of San Francisco with open space funds to preserve the area’s natural biodiversity.

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Page & Laguna Mini Park Page & Laguna St San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.15 37.7734614 -122.4252478

Discover this charming community garden in Hayes Valley, tucked away between two Victorians. Beyond the wrought-iron gate, a winding path leads through lovely flowering beds and apple trees. A great place to relax on a bench with a book, or just smell the roses.

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Page Street Community Garden 6am to 10pm 438 Page St San Francisco CA 94102 Community Garden, Park PSA 2 District 5 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.08 3,300 37.7736233 -122.4281015

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Palace of Fine Arts 3601 Lyon St & Marina Blvd San Francisco CA 94123 Park PSA 1 District 2 Accessible Yes Yes 19.37 37.8029990 -122.4485127

Don’t forget your camera-the iconic Palace of Fine Arts is one of the most photographed sites in the City, featured in numerous film and TV productions. It’s also a popular wedding location and dazzling performance venue, as well as a wonderful place for a stroll after a visit to the Exploratorium. Admire the Greco-Roman style Rotunda and colonnades, and watch swans drift across the peaceful lagoon.

Originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition, this urban temple has become a San Francisco treasure, beloved by residents and visitors alike.

PFA Request for Concept Proposals

The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to announce the Request for Concept Proposals for the lease of the Palace of Fine Arts building in San Francisco. For information about this unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please visit the links below or contact Cassandra Costello at Cassandra.Costello@sfgov.org, 415-831-2791.

PALACE OF FINE ARTS REQUEST FOR CONCEPT PROPOSALS

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Palega Rec Center 6am to 10pm (415) 831-6828 500 Felton St San Francisco CA 94134 Park, Rec Center PSA 3 District 9 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 4.97 18,397 37.7293421 -122.4097800

Visit this recently renovated and thriving community center for a wide selection of games, sports, programs and classes, including after school activities for kids. Join a pickup game on the basketball court or soccer field, or take your frisky pup for a run. The large, inviting playground has climbing structures bordered by beautiful trees. Tennis courts, athletic fields and picnic areas are also available.

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Palou & Phelps Park Palou & Phelps St San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No No 2.63 37.7355138 -122.3947234

This small park has a playground at its northern entrance, the only place where it is flat. The rest of the park is primarily a steep grassland with trails, city views, and habitat for a variety of bird species. During summer and early fall the land is parched and golden brown, and native grasses drop their seeds and await the winter rains. By February the hills transform to a verdant green, and in spring a variety of native wildflowers, including California poppy, blue-eyed grass, checkerbloom, and mule’s ears, add color to the grassland.

A Catholic orphanage sat at the summit of this park until the 1960s, and a Caltrain tunnel currently runs directly below its slopes.

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Park Presidio Blvd Park Presidio Blvd & Geary Ave San Francisco CA 94118 Park PSA 1 District 1 Accessible No No 20.38 37.7801228 -122.4722846

This leafy greenway runs along Park Presidio from Fulton to Lake, providing a tree-lined walking trail and screen between neighboring homes and busy 19th Avenue.

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Park Street Garden End of Park St (Bernal Cut Path) San Francisco CA 94110 Community Garden, Park PSA 6 District 9 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.05 2,045 37.7364870 -122.4258160

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Parkside Square 6am to 10pm 28th Ave & Vicente San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 4 Accessible No Yes 8.31 37.7379478 -122.4839060

Welcome to the City’s first completely ADA-accessible playground, part of a 7.5-acre recreation complex that borders Stern Grove. The new playground includes separate areas for small tots and older kids, a water feature, sandbox, climbing dome, whirl and a charming woodland walk. Also popular are the newly renovated tennis courts, basketball court and baseball field. Bring a picnic or your pooch!

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Parque Ninos Unidos Sunrise to Sunset 23rd & Treat Ave San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No Yes 0.53 37.7543905 -122.4135691

Programs and classes are in high demand at this new Mission District park, built especially for kids under 12. The clubhouse is set among groomed lawns, two play areas, a gazebo and a community garden. The courtyard provides outdoor gathering space, and the entire park is fenced and gated.

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Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley Octavia Blvd & Fell St San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No No 0.45 37.7762229 -122.4244131

This green oasis in bustling Hayes Valley features a busy playground and new art exhibits every 6 months. Bring your lunch and enjoy an outdoor break at one of the picnic tables.

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Peixotto Playground 5am to Midnight 15th St & Roosevelt San Francisco CA 94114 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes Yes 0.79 37.7657884 -122.4379052

Tucked into the north hillside of Corona Heights, Peixotto Playground offers a play area and tennis courts to its visitors. Peixotto Playground is located at 15th and Roosevelt streets, near the Randall Museum.

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Pine Lake Park 6am to 10pm Sloat Blvd & Vale St San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 4 Accessible Yes Yes 30.29 37.7363086 -122.4859274

Pine Lake Park, in western San Francisco and contiguous with Stern Grove, is an elongated valley with steep, forested slopes. Pine Lake is one of the few remaining natural lakes in San Francisco, and is fed by the same aquifer as Lake Merced. The willow, tule, and other wetland plants that ring the lake provide habitat for a variety for resident and migratory bird species. A trail encircles the lake, providing opportunities for viewing birds, and connects to the larger trail network that winds through Stern Grove, including a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

Pacific Flyway

Pine Lake is an important stop for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. More than 250 species of birds can be seen throughout San Francisco during the year, most of which migrate from as far as South America to the Arctic and back. Many of these migrating birds stop only briefly at Pine Lake to feed and rest as they continue their journey to the north or south; others mate, build nests, and nurture a new generation of young birds in San Francisco before returning to their wintering grounds elsewhere.

Cultural History

In 1847, the Greene family moved from Maine to San Francisco for the excellent grazing and farming land, and purchased a large property of which Stern Grove and Pine Lake were only a small portion. In 1887 the family was forced by lawsuit to give up most of the land and keep only the portion that today makes up Pine Lake and Stern Grove. In 1892, George Greene, Jr., built the Trocadero Inn in what is now Stern Grove. It was a Victorian-style roadhouse that operated for more than 20 years, closing when Prohibition was enacted. Pine Lake was then known as Laguna Puerca, or Pig Lake. The Greenes planted the eucalyptus trees that surround the lake.

In 1931, Rosalie Stern, widow of civic leader Sigmund Stern, was looking for land to purchase and donate to the city as a park in honor of her husband. Her friend, Golden Gate Park Superintendent John McLaren, recommended the Greenes’ property at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Sigmund Stern Grove opened to the public on June 4, 1932. A San Francisco newspaper reporter wrote, “Thousands of San Franciscans do not even suspect the existence of the lovely redwood and eucalyptus grove that once was part of the old Trocadero ranch. It is way over by Sloat Boulevard, a beautiful amphitheater of hillside, trees, and greensward.”

Over the following five years, the city purchased land west of the original grove, including Pine Lake, enlarging Sigmund Stern Grove. The grove has hosted free summer music concerts every year since 1938.

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Portola Open Space 5am to Midnight 201 Portola & Clipper San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.81 37.7470780 -122.4440616

This pleasant traffic island borders Portola Drive and Diamond Heights Blvd, providing a nice canopy of trees.

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Portsmouth Square 6am to 10pm Washington & Walter Lum Place San Francisco CA 94108 Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes Yes 1.29 37.7948349 -122.4053507

Nicknamed the ‘Heart of Chinatown,’ this historic one-block park is a favorite outdoor gathering spot in one of the City’s most densely populated neighborhoods. The park hosts activities for all ages, from early morning Tai Chi practice to competitive games of chess and checkers. Pack a lunch and relax on a bench while children frolic in the busy play area.
In the early 1800s, this site was a public square in the Mexican township of Yerba Buena. When the USS Portsmouth seized Yerba Buena in 1846, the square was renamed in honor of the ship.

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Potrero del Sol 6am to 10pm Potrero & Cesar Chavez San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 10 Accessible No No 4.36 37.7506070 -122.4050797

Neighborhood kids and skateboarders from around the city flock to Potrero del Sol for its beautifully designed skate park — San Francisco’s largest — which opened in 2008. Grassy lawns provide space for picnicking and ball-playing; other features include a playground, a performance space, and, nearby, a community garden.

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Potrero Hill Mini Park 6am to 10pm Connecticut St and 22nd St San Francisco CA 94107 Park PSA 2 District 10 Accessible No No 0.22 37.7574464 -122.3965207

Bring your pup out to play! This pocket of open space near Potrero Recreation Center offers nice views and an off-leash dog run.

Potrero Hill Rec Center 6am to 10pm (415) 695-5009 801 Arkansas St San Francisco CA 94107 Park, Rec Center PSA 2 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 10.07 18,805 37.7561397 -122.3968818

Choose from an extensive menu of classes and programs at this welcoming community hub. Outdoors, enjoy the playground, baseball field, basketball court, dog play area, ball fields, two lighted tennis courts, picnic tables and BBQ grills. The lower play area was recently renovated and more improvements are coming soon. The Rec Center also has a gymnasium, stage and auditorium.

Find out about our Free Drop-In Fitness Programs @ Potrero Hill Rec Center

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Precita Park 5am to Midnight 3200 Folsom St San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No No 2.21 37.7470623 -122.4120247

Kids love the butterfly garden and colorful, gated playground at this neighborhood gathering spot. Benches line the perimeter, so parents can relax while keeping an eye on their little ones. Toss a ball or play Frisbee on the grassy field. Dogs are welcome, too!

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Prentiss Mini Park 5am to Midnight Prentiss & Eugenia San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 6 District 9 Accessible No No 0.06 37.7402171 -122.4118737

At .06 acres, Prentiss Mini Park is as “mini” as they come, but features include a small playground, benches, picnic tables and a lawn.

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Presidio Heights Playground 5am to Midnight Clay & Walnut St San Francisco CA 94118 Park PSA 1 District 2 Accessible No Yes 0.44 37.7884708 -122.4495972

A full-length basketball court is the star of this urban playground in Presidio Heights. Kids enjoy the swings, slide, sandbox and climbing structures. Sport court and clubhouse also available. An active community group is making plans for playground renovation.

Randolph & Bright Mini Park 6am to 10pm Randolph & Bright San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 11 Accessible No No 0.09 37.7145121 -122.4636933

Take a mini-break in this Ingleside green pocket. The bench is a convenient spot to relax or wait for the bus, and there’s a small play structure to amuse kids.

Raymond Kimball Playground 5am to Midnight Geary Blvd & Steiner St San Francisco CA 94115 Park PSA 2 District 5 Accessible No Yes 5.40 37.7829440 -122.4351265

Bring the whole team to out to play! This lively neighborhood park offers three ball fields, an outdoor sport court, play structures, and a generous lawn where kids and dogs can romp around. A new artificial-turf field is under construction, and playground and court improvements are coming soon under the Neighborhood Parks Bond.

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Richmond Playground 5am to Midnight 18th Ave & Lake San Francisco CA 94121 Park PSA 1 District 1 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 0.82 37.7851302 -122.4781117

Find fun and fitness for all ages at this longstanding community hub. Little ones enjoy the sand-floor playground. Join a class or program at the Recreation Center, or a pickup game on the basketball court. Tennis courts are in high demand, and a large sport court and picnic area are available.

Richmond Rec Center (415) 666-7020 251 18th Ave San Francisco CA 94121 Park, Rec Center PSA 1 District 1 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes Yes 0.82 18,470 37.7832700 -122.4779768

Parents love the summer day camp, afterschool and Tiny Tots programs at this dynamic neighborhood Rec Center. Popular ping-pong tables and special community events are two more reasons to visit the only municipal gym in the Richmond District.

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Ridgetop Plaza 5am to Midnight Whitney Young Circle San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No No 0.29 37.7337983 -122.3834518

Stroll up the hill to this small landscaped plaza for a good view of the Bayview-Hunter’s Point area.

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Rochambeau Playground 5am to Midnight 238 25th Ave San Francisco CA 94121 Park PSA 1 District 1 Accessible No Yes 0.83 37.7848385 -122.4845441

Find programs, sports and fun for the whole family at this newly renovated Recreation Center and park in the Richmond District. Features include two full basketball courts, tennis courts and picnic areas with BBQ grills. The dual-level playground will please small tots and older kids alike, with colorful climbing structures, a spacious sandpit and hardtop game area.

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Rocky Outcrop 5am to Midnight Ortega & 14th Ave Ortega San Francisco CA 94122 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 1.40 37.7538449 -122.4708648

This steep, rocky park has beautiful examples of Franciscan chert. The rocks are home to a variety of plants, including two native succulents, dudleya and stonecrop. Stonecrop is the host plant for the San Bruno elfin butterfly, a federally listed endangered species. Rocky Outcrop is a small park, but it offers habitat for a variety of wildlife. The brightly colored, nickel-sized green hairstreak butterfly is found in only two regions within the city: the coastal bluffs of the Presidio, and along the ridge of Golden Gate Heights, here and in the nearby Hawk Hill natural area. The goal of the Green Hairstreak Project is to reconnect and expand the populations found here so they can interbreed; the group leads spring walking tours of the neighborhood to look for the butterflies. There are no designated trails in the Rocky Outcrop natural area, but it can be viewed from Pacheco Street.

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Rolph Nicol Jr Playground 6am to 11pm Eucalyptus Dr & 25th Ave San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible No No 3.04 37.7306029 -122.4804193

Located on Eucalyptus Drive near Stonestown and Lowell High School, Rolph Nicol Park is a quiet three-acre green space in the Park Merced neighborhood surrounded by magnificent eucalyptus trees.

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Roosevelt & Henry Stairs 5am to Midnight 299 Henry St San Francisco CA 94114 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.34 37.7665596 -122.4373227

Discover a quiet, leafy shortcut between Roosevelt Way and Henry Street in Corona Heights. Ascend a peaceful stairway lined with ornamental shrubs and trees.

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Russian Hill Open Space 5am to Midnight Hyde & Bay San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 1 District 2 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.96 37.8034161 -122.4207570

This open space provides a safety perimeter for the adjacent reservoir. No public access

San Francisco Zoo 1 Zoo Rd San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible Yes Yes 131.52 37.7315892 -122.5038086

Special Notice: The Zoo’s free admission day for this month has been changed to April 17, 2013.

Visit northern California’s oldest and largest zoological park, situated on the Pacific Ocean along the Great Highway. The zoo houses nearly 700 animals representing almost 200 species; exhibits include Penguin Island, Koala Crossing, Grizzly Gulch, a meerkat and prairie dog exhibit, a lemur forest, and an insect zoo.

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Saturn Street Steps 5am to Midnight Saturn & Ord San Francisco CA 94114 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.10 37.7626853 -122.4405562

Venture up (or down) one of the parallel, landscaped stairways between Ord and Saturn streets for an expansive view of Eureka Valley. If you need a break, stop and admire the picturesque homes and gardens from one of the pleasant seating areas. Many of the pretty beds are maintained by local volunteers.

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Selby & Palou Mini Park 5am to Midnight Palou & Selby San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.29 37.7388647 -122.4003529

Find family-friendly recreation at this Bayview neighborhood oasis. Shoot hoops on the basketball court, or bring a picnic and relax while kids enjoy the play area.

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Seward Mini Park 6am to 10pm 30 Seward St San Francisco CA 94114 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.37 37.7579870 -122.4397040

Two long, steep concrete slides are the main attraction at this hidden gem. They’re not for tiny tots, nor for the faint of heart! If you decide to slide, please remember that the park closes at sunset and adults must be accompanied by children. Bring a piece of cardboard and wear sturdy pants!

Built in 1973 on a plot slated for development, the mini-park also has a community garden and a nice collection of native plants. The slide was designed by 14-year-old Kim Clark, who won a competition put on by sculptor Ruth Asawa.

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SF Marina Small Craft Harbor 6am to 10pm (415) 831-6322 3950 Scott Street San Francisco CA 94123 Marina, Park PSA 1 District 2 Accessible Yes Yes 35.00 37.8064770 -122.4423510

31Welcome to San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor website. San Francisco Marina, as it is also known, is a destination sought by thousands of boaters from all over the world. The oldest recreational marina operating in San Francisco, and perhaps the Greater Bay Area, the harbor has had vessels berthed in its original basin, now known as the West Harbor, since before the 1906 earthquake. The original marina was expanded in the mid-1960s and is now approximately 35 acres. The entire facility has 727 berths, including 15 end ties for guest berthing vessels up to 50 feet LOA, free pump out stations and a commercial fuel dock.San Francisco Marina also features a large and popular park, Marina Green, which is home to many events including Escape From Alcatraz and Fleet Week. Marina Green also has several “par course” workout stations along its perimeter.

 

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Sgt. John MaCaulay Park 5am to Midnight Larkin & O Farrell San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No No 0.21 37.7854000 -122.4181974

Little ones love the colorful new climbing structures, slides and tire swings at this inner-city sanctuary in the Tenderloin. Parents can keep an eye on their tykes from a comfortable bench bordering the newly renovated play area.

The park is named in honor of a young local police sergeant who was killed in the line of duty in 1982.

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Sharp Park 332 Seaside Drive Pacifica Pacifica CA 94044 Park Limited Wheelchair Access Yes Yes 410.00 37.6243944 -122.4818913

Sharp Park is in Pacifica but is managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. The park’s natural area encompasses diverse habitats, including coastal wetlands, coastal scrub, forest, and grasslands. It is situated between Milagra and Sweeney Ridges, two regionally significant open spaces managed by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and is immediately north of Mori Point, another GGNRA-managed open space to which it has trail connections. It supports populations of federally listed species such as the California red-legged frog, San Francisco garter snake, and mission blue butterfly.

Sharp Park’s other features include an 18-hole golf course and a nationally recognized archery range.

Wetlands

Sharp Park’s coastal wetlands, known as Laguna Salada and Horsestable Pond, are home to California red-legged frogs and San Francisco garter snakes. The watershed that feeds the wetland originates in the headwaters of Sanchez Creek in the upper canyon. Although small, the wetlands provide important habitat for diverse communities of plants and animals, and are essential to the survival of these and many other species.

The endangered San Francisco garter snake is found only in San Mateo County. It has distinctive alternating red, black, green, and blue stripes, a red head, and a rich turquoise-blue underside. This shy, elusive snake eats frogs, including the threatened California red-legged frog, and is found only in areas that have both ponds with frog populations and surrounding uplands that provide basking habitat. The California red-legged frog, whose lower abdomen and back legs are mostly red, is the largest native frog in the western United States. The subject of Mark Twain’s story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” this frog now survives in only 30 percent of its former range.

Cultural History

George Sharp, who came to San Francisco from New York by ship around the Horn in 1849 at the age of 22, was the original owner of Sharp Park. A wealthy lawyer, he lived for much of his life in some of the best hotels in San Francisco, dropping dead in court in 1882. His wife lived until 1905, at which time her handwritten will directed that most of her property be turned over to her attorney, Reuben Lloyd, and to Adolph Spreckels. Both were millionaires and both were San Francisco park commissioners. She stipulated that the property was to be used for park and recreational purposes only. If this agreement is ever breached, Sharp Park will revert to the State of California.

From 1942 to 1946, Sharp Park was used by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as a temporary detention station for civilian Japanese, German, and Italian citizens before moving them to internment camps.

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Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove 6am to 10pm 19th Ave & Sloat Blvd San Francisco CA 94132 Park PSA 4 District 4 Accessible Yes Yes 33.78 37.7360822 -122.4782979

Experience world-class symphony, opera, dance, world music and more in an unparalleled outdoor setting. The newly renovated concert meadow is best known as the home of the Stern Grove Festival, a beloved San Francisco institution that presents free cultural performances every summer. Come early, bring a picnic and relax on the groomed lawn amid eucalyptus and pine groves.

There’s more than music on the menu: historic Stern Grove is a full outdoor recreation complex with athletic fields, courts, a children’s playground and dog play area. Play tennis or croquet, pitch horseshoes or toss a Frisbee. Walk or jog around Pine Lake, or reserve Trocadero House for private events.

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Silver Terrace Playground 6am to 10pm Thornton & Bayshore San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible Yes Yes 5.47 37.7328591 -122.4031496

Dribble, serve and score at this spacious sports park in Bayview. Local athletes and fans flock to the lighted artificial turf field, basketball courts, tennis court and ball diamonds. There’s also a children’s play area with slides, swings, climbing structures and a community clubhouse.

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South Park 5am to Midnight 64 South Park Ave San Francisco CA 94107 Park PSA 2 District 6 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.85 37.7815795 -122.3939523

Escape from the office to this tree-lined oval garden, a welcoming, sunny spot in the heart of SOMA. Cafes and restaurants on the park’s perimeter draw in neighborhood workers, who fill up the picnic tables and benches at lunchtime.

Recent park improvements include native plantings, a hummingbird garden and two fenced play areas, with sand pits and climbing structures to entertain small tots.

Established in 1852, South Park was originally conceived as a London-style city garden, ringed with upscale residences. Much later, this spot became ‘ground zero’ for the 1990s dot-com boom, and is still a much-coveted business address.

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South Sunset Playground 6am to 10pm 40th Ave & Vicente St San Francisco CA 94116 Park PSA 4 District 4 Accessible No Yes 3.72 37.7373868 -122.4984517

This busy neighborhood center boasts a new, million-dollar artificial turf field and a fully remodeled playground. The bright, modern play equipment and soft rubber flooring scores big with kids. The clubhouse hosts popular After-School and sports programs. Other facilities include two baseball diamonds, three soccer fields, two basketball courts, tennis court, multipurpose sport court and picnic areas.

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St. Mary’s Rec Center 6am to 10pm (415) 695-5006 Murray & Justin Dr San Francisco CA 94110 Park, Rec Center PSA 6 District 9 Accessible Yes Yes 13.60 22,054 37.7336583 -122.4206429

St. Mary’s Recreation Center is a large, full-service recreation center with programs for tots, youth, adults and seniors. St. Mary’s includes a gymnasium, community rooms, sports courts, athletic fields, and the city’s largest playground for kids of all abilities.

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St. Mary’s Square 6am to 10pm California St & Grant St San Francisco CA 94108 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible Yes Yes 1.11 37.7920562 -122.4051171

Escape from the office and enjoy lunch al fresco at this Nob Hill refuge, near St Mary’s church. The small play structure and swings will entertain kids.

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States Street Playground 5am to Midnight 86 States St San Francisco CA 94114 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes Yes 2.76 37.7638004 -122.4378531

Bring a picnic, a tennis racket or four-legged friend and enjoy the views from this tranquil hilltop refuge. Join a pickup game on the basketball court, or toss a Frisbee on the grassy field. The park is also home to a community garden and a fully remodeled playground. Combine with a visit to the adjacent Randall Museum for a great day out!

Sue Bierman Park 5am to Midnight Washington St & Drumm St San Francisco CA 94111 Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 4.41 37.7959260 -122.3965106

The 5.3 acres of land that currently make up Sue Bierman Park (formerly Ferry Park) previously served as on-ramps and off-ramps for the Embarcadero Freeway, which was demolished after being damaged by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. After a conceptual design was developed through a thorough community process to create a park space that better served the recreational needs of the surrounding residents, the park was renovated in 2011.

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Sunnyside Conservatory 5am to Midnight Monterey & Baden San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Accessible No No 0.26 37.7319358 -122.4407613

Visit the landmark Sunnyside Conservatory and experience a piece of history. Stroll through the hundred-year-old garden, rejuvenated with a thriving collection of drought-tolerant plants, succulents and palms. The octagonal redwood building, which dates to 1900, has been completely renovated for public use. It now hosts cultural events for the community and is available for private parties by reservation.

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Sunnyside Playground 5am to Midnight Teresita Ave & Melrose San Francisco CA 94127 Park PSA 5 District 7 Accessible No Yes 2.37 37.7336641 -122.4474787

This well-loved family park looks brand new again, thanks to a complete makeover of the play area, clubhouse and grounds. Kids of all ages love the bright, modern play equipment, huge sandbox, merry-go-round and fountain. The fully restored clubhouse offers Tiny Tots and other programs. Bring a picnic and relax on the wide lawn, or toss a Frisbee with friends. Four-legged friends are welcome, too!

Sunset Rec Center 6am to 10pm (415) 242-1070 2201 Lawton St San Francisco CA 94122 Park, Rec Center PSA 4 District 4 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 3.29 16,424 37.7565888 -122.4868470

Residents of the Sunset District have enjoyed Sunset Recreation Center since 1940, making it a main hub of activity for kids in the outer Sunset. In response to community needs, the Recreation and Park Department is dedicating nearly $14 million of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond to ensure this local treasure will continue to promote good health and community togetherness through its recreational facilities. The renovation of Sunset Recreation Center is scheduled to be completed in summer 2012.

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Tank Hill 5am to Midnight Clarendon & Twin Peaks San Francisco CA 94114 Natural Area, Park Limited Wheelchair Access No No 2.87 37.7599480 -122.4476864

Tank Hill is one of San Francisco’s secret treasures. Its name comes from the Clarendon Heights Water Tank, built in 1894 by the Spring Valley Water Company to store drinking water pumped from Laguna Honda. Tank Hill became city property in 1930 when Spring Valley was acquired to establish the San Francisco Water Department. The prominent water tank was removed in 1957, and all that remains is its round foundation. Residents remember seeing goldfish flowing down Belgrave Avenue when the old tank was drained. In 1960 Tank Hill was sold as surplus property for $230,000. In 1977, developers proposed building 20 houses, but the community convinced the city to buy the hill back with $650,000 from the recently created Open Space Fund.

At an elevation of 650 feet, Tank Hill’s main draw is its panoramic view, from Pt. Reyes to Bayview Hill. But what makes this small rocky promontory unique is that it is a remnant of San Francisco’s indigenous landscape, containing 60 species of native plants. The easiest access is a stairway at Twin Peaks and Clarendon. There is also an entrance at the east end of Belgrave Street.

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Telegraph Hill – Pioneer Park 5am to Midnight Telegraph Hill Blvd San Francisco CA 94133 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible Yes Yes 4.89 37.8027841 -122.4058360

Located at the top of Telegraph Hill, Pioneer Park is the site of world-famous landmark Coit Tower. At 4.89 acres, Pioneer Park offers wide, breathtaking views of the city and the bay. The park space was built in 1876 to commemorate the country’s centennial anniversary.

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Tenderloin Rec Center (415) 292-2162 570 Ellis St San Francisco CA 94109 Park, Rec Center PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No Yes 0.61 10,133 37.7848210 -122.4154023

It’s all about youth at this lively facility, catering to the community’s large and diverse population of kids. Seven days a week, the Rec Center and adjacent playground provide a full menu of activities and programs in a safe, stimulating environment. Choose from Tiny Tots, After-School Program, arts & crafts, dance, sewing, cooking, gardening, year-round sports and more. There’s also a game court, ball diamond and child-sized gym, and a teen club every Friday night.

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Topaz Open Space 5am to Midnight 100 Topaz St San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.83 37.7417041 -122.4361625

Open space in Diamond Heights.

Turk & Hyde Mini Park 5am to Midnight Turk & Hyde San Francisco CA 94102 Park PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No No 0.11 37.7827403 -122.4159630

Created especially for preschoolers, this urban oasis features bright red and yellow play structures sized just for little ones, including a four-foot high train and two cars. A haven for small tots in the heart of the Tenderloin.

Twin Peaks 5am to Midnight (415) 831-2700 501 Twin Peaks Blvd San Francisco CA 94114 Natural Area, Park Accessible Yes Yes 29.30 37.7512923 -122.4477896

At 922 feet in elevation, Twin Peaks is second only to Mt. Davidson in height, offers spectacular views of the Bay Area, and is a world-famous tourist attraction. Originally called “Los Pechos de la Choca” (Breasts of the Maiden) by early Spanish settlers, these two adjacent peaks provide postcard views and a treasure trove of animal and plant diversity. Most visitors to Twin Peaks drive (or take a tourist bus) to the north peak parking lot to enjoy 180-degree views of the Bay Area.

Many miss an opportunity to experience the coastal scrub and grassland communities of this 64-acre park. Similar to the Marin Headlands, Twin Peaks gives us an idea of how San Francisco’s hills and peaks looked before grazing and then development changed them forever. The vegetation is primarily a mix of grassland and coastal scrub. Expect strong winds as you hike among plants such as coyote brush, lizard tail, pearly everlasting and lupine.  The endangered Mission Blue Butterfly has adapted to the strong winds and flies low to the ground from lupine to lupine. Native plants provide habitat for brush-nesting birds like the white-crowned sparrow and animals such as brush rabbits and coyotes.

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Union Square 5am to Midnight Post & Stockton San Francisco CA 94108 Park PSA 2 District 3 Accessible Yes Yes 2.60 37.7879312 -122.4075005

Claim a seat in the center of San Francisco’s premier shopping district and take in the scene. The Square’s sleek new design suits its cosmopolitan setting, and features a large performance stage, seasonal ice skating, a restaurant and open air cafe. Relax amid the bustle of downtown, admire seasonal holiday decorations and enjoy great people-watching year-round.

Find special events, learn more about concessions and performance space, and read about the Square’s history online.

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Upper Noe Rec Center 6am to 10pm (415) 970-8061 Day & Sanchez St San Francisco CA 94131 Park, Rec Center PSA 5 District 8 Accessible No Yes 2.51 16,447 37.7424309 -122.4277975

This lively Noe Valley hub boasts a newly renovated Recreation Center and sand-floor playground, perfect for small tots. Let your pooch frolic safely in the fenced dog run, bring your tennis racket for a serious workout, or join a pickup game on the popular basketball courts. There’s also an indoor gym, a baseball diamond, picnic area and multipurpose field.

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Utah & 18th Mini Park 6am to 10pm 18th & Utah Steets San Francisco CA 94110 Park PSA 2 District 10 Accessible No No 0.10 37.7625175 -122.4059976

This small landscaped plaza in Potrero Hill offers great views and an interesting history. The space became available in the 1960s, after a truck knocked down the old walking bridge that extended over the 101 freeway. The park was recently expanded and improved in partnership with CalTrans.

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Victoria Manalo Draves Park 5am to Midnight Folsom & Sherman St San Francisco CA 94103 Park PSA 2 District 6 Accessible No Yes 2.52 37.7770095 -122.4059553

This brand new, 2-acre park is a welcome addition to the SOMA neighborhood, next to Bessie Carmichael School. With a softball field, basketball court, dual-level playground, picnic area, community garden and large, grassy field, there’s enough space for everyone to come out and play.

The park is named for local diving champion Vicki Manalo Draves, the first Filipina-American to compete in the Olympic games. In 1948, she won two gold medals, in springboard and platform diving.

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Visitacion Valley Greenway Sunrise to Sunset Campbell St & Rutland St San Francisco CA 94134 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No No 2.13 37.7147664 -122.4061319

Six separate, themed lots make up this open space between Leland and Tioga streets in Visitacion Valley. Kids adore the new play area and ‘Magic Meadow’ at Campbell-Rutland Mini Park. The herb garden in Senior Park offers a riparian corridor for birds and butterflies, with scenic picnic and BBQ areas for humans. A meandering pathway winds along the steep hillside of Native Plants Park, a natural garden with wheelchair accessibility and framed views. The greenway provides nearly 2 acres of critical green space for a diverse community of wildlife and city-dwellers.

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Visitacion Valley Playground 5am to Midnight 50 Raymond Ave San Francisco CA 94134 Park PSA 3 District 10 Accessible No Yes 4,147 37.7123215 -122.4039120

Kids flock to the unique climbing structure on this busy sand-floor playground in Visitacion Valley. The clubhouse hosts programs and can be reserved for private events. A full basketball court, baseball diamond, large multipurpose field and sport court round out this family-friendly open space.

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Walter Haas Playground 5am to Midnight Addison & Farnum San Francisco CA 94131 Park PSA 5 District 8 Accessible No No 4.40 37.7405838 -122.4343698

Find activities for the whole family at this newly renovated neighborhood park in Diamond Heights. Children of all ages will enjoy the dual-level playground, while your four-legged ‘kids’ can make new friends in the popular dog run. Shoot hoops on the basketball court or simply lounge on the lawn and take in wonderful views of the City.

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Washington & Hyde Mini Park 5am to Midnight Washington & Hyde San Francisco CA 94109 Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.15 37.7940096 -122.4174001

Take refuge from the fast pace of downtown. Enclosed in a peaceful, landscaped corner, this modern playground is designed to look like a colorful, child-size city. Little ones love the unique play structures and soft rubber flooring.

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Washington Square 5am to Midnight Filbert & Stockton San Francisco CA 94133 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No Yes 2.26 37.8008378 -122.4100283

Rediscover one of the City’s first parks, established in 1847. A popular North Beach stop for visitors and locals alike, this lively urban oasis is bordered by sidewalk cafes and restaurants, as well as Saint Peter & Paul’s Church. The Square is a natural community gathering place with a long and fascinating history, hosting festivals, free movie nights and other special events throughout the year. It’s also a great spot to people-watch, walk your dog, toss a Frisbee or just relax on the lawn on a sunny day.

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West Portal Playground 5am to Midnight Ulloa & Lenox St San Francisco CA 94127 Park PSA 4 District 7 Accessible No Yes 1.91 37.7416039 -122.4652439

A $1.5 million renovation project in 2005 saw the park’s original clubhouse expanded and upgraded into a sleek, modern community space, perfect for public meetings, parties and a host of recreational programs. The park includes a picnic area, playground and large play field. The building also features artwork commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission Public Art Program. “The Secret Garden,” a series of hand-carved tiles by artist Aileen Barr, depicts various flora and fauna native to the area, including leaves, flowers, plants, insects and birds.

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West Sunset Playground 6am to 11pm 3223 Ortega St San Francisco CA 94116 Park PSA 4 District 4 Accessible Yes Yes 17.16 37.7489963 -122.4980086

Find sports and games for the whole family at this spacious athletic complex. Choose from baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, rugby, women’s field hockey, ultimate Frisbee, flag football and Irish hurdling-just to name a few. There’s also a playground for kids, and a clubhouse with a variety of activities and programs. Picnic area with BBQ grills also available.

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White Crane Springs Community Garden 5am to Midnight South of 7th Ave & Lawton St San Francisco CA 94122 Community Garden, Park PSA 4 District 8 Limited Wheelchair Access Yes No 2.70 116,566 37.7567300 -122.4631600

White Crane Springs Community Garden has been providing beauty and pleasure to the Sunset District since the 1970’s. Located just South of 7th and Lawton Streets, WCS is open to the public and provides a peaceful respite from City life.

Our garden of nearly 90 individual plots and areas of community space is maintained by more than six dozen garden members in the true sense of “natural” gardening – the best organic practices, IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and sustainability projects including composting, sheet mulching and a Cob shed complete with a green living roof.

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground 6am to 10pm 830 Sacramento St San Francisco CA 94108 Park PSA 1 District 3 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 0.61 37.7935861 -122.4071849

This well-loved inner-city park contains two sand-floor playgrounds, and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, all built into the side of a hill. The large Rec Center runs a popular afterschool program providing homework assistance, snacks and activities. It also offers an indoor gym and ping-pong tables.

The park is named for a Chinese American basketball star who played at the University of San Francisco from 1948-1950. A reporter from the Examiner said that the crowd chanted “Woo! Woo!” every time Willie Wong scored, and the nickname stuck. Dubbed “one of the greatest box-office players in San Francisco history,” Wong was inducted into the USF Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Woh Hei Yuen Playground 5am to Midnight 922 Jackson St San Francisco CA 94133 Park PSA 1 District 3 Accessible No Yes 0.31 37.7958486 -122.4103365

Woh Hei Yuen, which means Garden of Peace and Joy, is one of only a handful of parks in the densely populated Chinatown area. Built in 1999, the playground features a multi-story recreation building, a beautifully designed arched gateway, tai-chi court, wooden bridge, pagoda, play area and an ornate floor medallion in the center of the courtyard.

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Wolfe Lane Community Garden 5am to Midnight 90 Rutledge St San Francisco CA 94110 Community Garden, Park PSA 6 District 9 Limited Wheelchair Access No No 0.05 2,375 37.7452570 -122.4066060

The Recreation and Park Department supports and manages a program of 35 (and growing!) community gardens on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses.

To see the most updated numbers on waitlist and plot turnover, please visit our Community Gardens Directory 

Wait List Me!

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Youngblood Coleman Playground 6am to 11pm 1398 Hudson St San Francisco CA 94124 Park PSA 3 District 10 Limited Wheelchair Access No Yes 6.13 37.7387679 -122.3845022

Practice harder and play longer at this busy Bayview-Hunter’s Point sports park. The popular artificial turf soccer and softball fields are lit up at night, as are the basketball and tennis courts. Little ones can run around freestyle in the play area, or join a program at the community clubhouse. Picnic areas also available.

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