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.

Russian Hill

Fay Park

Explore the lattice gardens, boxwood hedges, and other green attraction in this quarter-acre plot off Lombard Street. Take note of the 1910 architecture and housing surrounding the terraced gardens./ 2366 Leavenworth St. (Russian Hill),

Alice Marble Courts

Play tennis with a view of the San Francisco Bay—but don't get too distracted. A bevy of running trails can be found surrounding the perimeter of the park, too. // Greenwich and Hyde St. (Russian Hill),

Michelangelo Playground

A well-planted gem worth its weight in topsoil, this half-acre park is great for playing basketball, having a spontaneous picnic, or just straight-up relaxing atop the lush greens. // Greenwich and Jones St. (Russian Hill),

Hyde and Vallejo Mini Park

Take a siesta or escape the work grind for a bit at this tenth-acre planted space. Check out the the Old World–inspired walkway weaving together this small 15-acre park. // Hyde and Vallejo St. (Russian Hill),

Ina Coolbrith Park

With grand views of the Bay, this cute urban park is a fantastic place to get some midday R&R. Word to the wise: It's a steep hike up from the street, so trekking to the top of Ina Coolbrith Park isn't exactly a walk in the park. // Vallejo and Taylor St. (Russian Hill),

Helen Wills Playground

With a pimped-out playground for the kiddos and copious benches to lounge on, it's an urban delight for all ages; the wrapping boardwalk also offers stellar views of the neighborhood. // Broadway and Larkin St. (Russian Hill),

Broadway Tunnel West Mini Park

Seek shelter among the towering evergreens, then take a stroll through the Cable Car Museum just a few blocks south of the park. // 1201 Broadway (Russian Hill),

Broadway Tunnel Mini Park

Pretty much the exact same experience that can be had at the park above, but this one just has more benches. // Broadway and Himmelman Pl. (Russian Hill),
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