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The Complete Guide to 153 San Francisco Public Parks

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Golden Gate and Dolores might get top billing, but San Francisco is literally blooming with public parks—did you know there is one city park per every half-mile here? Grab your picnic blankets and a good read—here's our complete guide to SF parks, neatly organized for you by neighborhood.

Bayview-Hunters Point

Gilman Playground

This one-acre family-friendly playground has copious benches and lawn seating. And, with newly renovated courts, you can embrace your inner Curry. Feel free to let you canine companion run wild here, too. // Gilman Ave. and Griffith (Bayview-Hunters Point), sfrecparks.org

Bay Vew Park (Including Bay View Playground)

Coastal scrubs, eucalyptus, and cherry blossoms make this is an urban oasis for nature lovers. When the fog lifts, be on the lookout for daydreaming western fence lizards, California alligator lizards, or even a Pacific gopher snakes sunbathing on the sidewalk. Bay View Playground has large indoor pools, accompanied by other various sheltered facilities. // Bayview Park Rd. (Bayview-Hunters Point), sfrecpark.org

Joseph Lee Rec Center

Relive your childhood days at this Hunters Point community staple, one of the few places in the city where you can play tether ball. Arts and crafts, ping-pong, and air hockey tables can be found inside the center. // 1395 Mendell St. (Bayview-Hunters Point), sfrecpark.org

Heron's Head Park

Lace up your hiking shoes or bring your bike and take advantage of the newly renovated trails. Afterward, cool off in the EcoCenter while learning more about the park's ecology. // Jenning St. and Cargo Way (Hunters Point), sfport.com

Youngblood Coleman Playground

Care to practice your passing skills? Some of the best public soccer fields in the city are located here. // 1398 Hudson St. (India Basin), sfrecpark.org

Ridgetop Plaza

With little to obstruct your view of Hunter's Point, take a load off on one of the plaza's benches for a scenic lunch break. Also, feel free to let your four-legged friend run in the open space. // Whitney Young Circle (India Basin), sfrecpark.org

Hilltop Park

Home to San Francisco's first skate park, Hilltop is cherished by many not only for it's bowl, but also for its cement slides and picnic tables. Looking for the time of day? Checkout the park's 70-foot sundial. // La Salle Ave. Whitney Young Circle (India Basin), sfrecpark.org

Adam Rogers Park

A little known SF gem, Adam Rogers Park is a horticulturist's dream. Lined by raised soil beds, each garden is kept up by a community of volunteers. // Ingalls St. and Oakdale St. (India Basin), sfrecpark.org

India Basin Shoreline Park

Bet you didn't know that San Francisco was a bastion for wetland ecosystems more than 100 years ago. Fast-forward to the present day, and we've lost 90 percent of our once-pristine marshlands to development. Thankfully, India Basin Shoreline Park has been well preserved throughout the decades, allowing those who walk the trails within its 11 acres of wetlands to travel back to a much greener, simpler time in SF history. // Hunters Point Blvd. and Hawes St. (India Basin), sfrecpark.org

Selby and Palou Mini Park

Want to practice your two-pointers? Take advantage of the public basketball court onsite. Feel free to pack a picnic and enjoy it on one of the four tables.// Selby and Palou Ave. (Portola Place), sfrecpark.org

Silver Terrace Playground/Park

This five-acre compound is populated with tennis, basketball, volleyball, and baseball courts. Maybe you feel like embracing your inner climber? Feel free to ascend the communal climbing structures. // Thornton and Bayshore Blvd. (Portola Place), sfrecspark.org

Palou and Phelps Park

With its lush hillsides and seasonal wildflowers, this park is a popular picnic, yoga, and meditation meeting place. If the thick greenery isn't enough to coax a visit, the views of the Bay should do the trick. Once upon a time, a Catholic orphanage sat at the summit of this park, and a Caltrain tunnel currently runs directly below its slopes. // Palou and Phelps St. (Portola Place), sfrecpark.org

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