The Complete Guide to 153 San Francisco Public Parks
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The Complete Guide to 153 San Francisco Public Parks


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.

Nob Hill + Union Square + Chinatown

Washington and Hyde Mini Park

Find some midday solace within this well-landscaped corner park. (The cushiony rubber mats are great for kids to run amok.) // Washington and Hyde St. (Nob Hill)

Woh Hei Yuen Playground

With beautiful gardens, an arching bridge and quiet pagoda, this park earns its English name: "Garden of Peace and Joy." // 922 Jackson St. (Nob Hill),

Willie " Woo Woo" Wong Playground

This sandy metropolis is packed with jungle gyms, slides and ping-pong tables. // 830 Sacramento St. (Nob Hill),

Portsmouth Square

Take part in one of the many Tai Chi or meditation gatherings happening in the one-acre square each day. // Washington and Lum Place, (Chinatown),

Huntington Park

Lay in the grass or roll out a yoga mat, this acreage is yours for the taking. Be sure to see the famous Flood Fountain on your way out. // California and Taylor St. (Nob Hill),

Betty Ong Rec Center

After some 60 years of serving SF's most densely populated neighborhoods, the CRC (Chinese Recreation Center) underwent a fresh renovation, transforming the center into a state-of-the-art recreation destination. Finally open to the public, visitors can see the communal gardens, take part in recreational activities inside, and much more. // 1199 Mason St. (Chinatown),

St. Mary's Square

With wooden benches lining much of this one-acre refuge, you won't ever have to worry about finding a place to sit. Check out the well-equipped rec center a few yards from the square. // California and Grant St. (Chinatown),

Union Square Park

Granted, this isn't the lushest or most peaceful city park. But, hey, it's center of the city status makes it the perfect spot for a midday break from shopping or the office. // 333 Post St. (Union Square),

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