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Noe Valley Town Square

The Town Square is a central gathering space for Noe Valley. It is used by and for all Noe Valley neighbors and will host everything from farmers’ markets to food pantries, music events, … Continue reading

SOMA West Skate Park

San Francisco’s most recently added Skatepark, SoMa West Skatepark was designed to reflect iconic San Francisco spots, with a special nod to the Justin Herman Plaza. Skaters from all over the world … Continue reading

Portals of the Past

The Portals of the Past is an unusual little monument at Golden Gate Park. Standing on the shores of Lloyd Lake (just to the west of the DeYoung Museum), these columns actually … Continue reading

Shakespeare Garden

A Shakespeare garden is a themed garden that cultivates plants mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. In English-speaking countries, particularly the United States, these are often public gardens associated with parks, … Continue reading

GGP Rhododendron Dell

The Rhododendron Dell is a 20 acre site, located in the heart of Golden Gate Park along Kennedy Drive near the Music Concourse. It was designed to honor John McLaren, the father of … Continue reading

GGP – Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

The 12-acre doughnut-shaped Stow Lake surrounds Strawberry Hill Island, a wooded hill named for the wild strawberries that once flourished on its flanks. Trails follow the shoreline and climb to the hill’s summit, … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden

Geneva Ave Strip is an undeveloped open space located in District 11 at Geneva and Delano Avenues. Formerly, this 10,427sf site contained a few fruit and evergreen trees, and was overgrown with … Continue reading

Bison Paddock

Visitors to Golden Gate Park are often astounded to stumble upon a herd of American bison browsing in a meadow in the park’s western end, but these huge, shaggy Great Plains denizens … Continue reading

Alice Marble Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Buchanan St. Mall Basketball Crts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Head & Brotherhood Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

India Basin Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Kelloch Velasco Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Jose Coronado Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Koshland Park Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Little Hollywood Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Michelangelo Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Palou & Phelps Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Selby & Palou Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Walter Haas Basketball Courts

Recreation staff have been hanging nets from the very beginning of B-ball. Step up for a pickup game, a youth league, midnight basketball or anything in between at dozens of courts.

Aptos Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Alioto Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

24th & York Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Buchanan St. Mall Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Brooks Park Childrens Play Areas

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Bay View Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Coleridge Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Franklin Square Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Golden Gate Heights Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

India Basin Childrens Play Areas

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Hyde & Vallejo Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Huntington Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Head & Brotherhood Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Jose Coronado Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Juri Commons Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Koshland Park Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Kid Power Park Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Mckinley Square Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Little Hollywood Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Lincoln Ave Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Lessing & Sears Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Kelloch Velasco Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Michelangelo Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Palou & Phelps Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Muriel Leff Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Potrero Del Sol Childrens Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Patricias Green Childrens Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Selby & Palou Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Rolph Nicol Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Randolph & Bright Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Prentiss Mini Park Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Precita Park Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

South Park Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Sgt. John Macaulay Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Seward Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Turk & Hyde Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Washington & Hyde Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Walter Haas Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Vis Valley Greenway Children’s Play Area

Nothing compares to getting to play outside. Ask any kid. That’s why San Francisco has 135 newly-renovated, interactive, safely designed play areas for families. Stop by, get out and play!

Jose Coronado Tennis Courts

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.

Golden Gate Heights Tennis Courts

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.

Alice Marble Tennis Courts

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.

Aptos Tennis Courts

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.

India Basin Shoreline Park

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 … Continue reading

Clipper Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Connecticut Friendship Garden

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 … Continue reading

Arkansas Friendship Garden

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 … Continue reading

Arlington Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Wolfe Lane Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Park Street Garden

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 … Continue reading

Michelangelo Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

McLaren Park Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Lessing & Sears Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

La Grande Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Koshland Park Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Kid Power Park Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Corwin Street Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Alioto Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Brooks Park Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Crags Court Garden

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 … Continue reading

Good Prospect Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Ogden Terrace Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Page Street Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

Adam Rogers Park Community Garden

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 … Continue reading

AIDS Memorial Grove

The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a living tribute to all whose lives have been touched by AIDS, and a dedicated space where people can gather to heal, hope, and remember. Its … Continue reading

India Basin Natural Areas

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 … Continue reading

Rocky Outcrop

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 … Continue reading

Tank Hill

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 … Continue reading

Brooks Park Natural Areas

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 … Continue reading

GGP Dog Play Area 2

Golden Gate Park, visited by 13 million people a year, is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. Out of a windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master … Continue reading

GGP Dog Training Area

Golden Gate Park, visited by 13 million people a year, is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. Out of a windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master … Continue reading

Head & Brotherhood Dog Play Area

Most dogs are friendly. So in our play areas, the socializing always provokes a laugh. And often, the people make friends, too.

Bernal Heights Dog Play Area

Bernal Heights Park was once a quarry and is now a large natural area. Hawks can be seen swooping above the hilltop that looms over the mostly residential Bernal Heights neighborhood that … Continue reading

O’Shaughnessy Hollow

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 … Continue reading

Mt. Davidson Park

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 … Continue reading

Kite Hill

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 … Continue reading

Interior Greenbelt

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 … Continue reading

Hawk Hill

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 … Continue reading

Grandview Park

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 … Continue reading

Edgehill Mountain

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 … Continue reading

Duncan & Castro Open Space

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 … Continue reading

Billy Goat Hill

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 … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Park

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 … Continue reading

Bayview Park

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 … Continue reading

15th Avenue Steps

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 … Continue reading

Balboa Natural Area

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 … Continue reading

McKinley Square

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 … Continue reading

Maritime Plaza

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 … Continue reading

Lessing & Sears Mini Park

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.

LeConte Mini Park

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.

Koshland Park

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 … Continue reading

Kid Power Park

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 … Continue reading

Kelloch & Velasco Mini Park

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.

Justin Herman Plaza

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, … Continue reading

Juri Commons

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 … Continue reading

Joost & Baden Mini Park

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

Japantown Peace Plaza

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 … Continue reading

Ina Coolbrith Park

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 … Continue reading

Hyde & Vallejo Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Head & Brotherood Mini Park

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

Grand View Open Space

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 … Continue reading

Golden Gate Heights Park

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 … Continue reading

Golden Gate & Steiner Mini Park

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.

Franklin Square

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 … Continue reading

Fillmore & Turk Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Fairmont Plaza

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 … Continue reading

Everson & Digby Lots

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

Esprit Park

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 … Continue reading

Dorothy Erskine Park

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 … Continue reading

Cottage Row Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Collis P. Huntington Park

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 … Continue reading

Bush & Broderick Mini Park

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

Buchanan Street Mall

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 … Continue reading

Brooks Park

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 … Continue reading

Berkeley Way Open Space

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 … Continue reading

Beideman & O’Farrell Mini Park

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

Aptos Playground

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 … Continue reading

Allyne Park

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 … Continue reading

Alioto Mini Park

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

Alice Marble Courts

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 … Continue reading

29th & Diamond Open Space

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

24th & York Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Jose Coronado Playground

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 … Continue reading

Buena Vista Park

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 … Continue reading

Washington & Hyde Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Walter Haas Playground

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 … Continue reading

Visitacion Valley Greenway

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 … Continue reading

Utah & 18th Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Turk & Hyde Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Sunnyside Conservatory

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 … Continue reading

Sue Bierman Park

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 … Continue reading

South Park

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 … Continue reading

Sgt. John MaCaulay Park

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 … Continue reading

Seward Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Selby & Palou Mini Park

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.

Saturn Street Steps

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 … Continue reading

Roosevelt & Henry Stairs

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

Rolph Nicol Jr Playground

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.

Ridgetop Plaza

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

Randolph & Bright Mini Park

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.

Prentiss Mini Park

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

Precita Park

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 … Continue reading

Potrero Hill Mini Park

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 del Sol

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 … Continue reading

Portola Open Space

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

Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley

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.

Park Presidio Blvd

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.

Palou & Phelps Park

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 … Continue reading

Page & Laguna Mini Park

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 … Continue reading

Muriel Leff Mini Park

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.

Mt. Olympus

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 … Continue reading

Michelangelo Playground

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 … Continue reading