The Complete Guide to 153 San Francisco Public Parks
(Courtesy of Noel Events)

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.

Sunset + Parkside + Lake Merced

McCoppin Square

Dust-off your tennis racket and join a game of doubles! This recreational utopia is always filled with friendly sports-minded folks looking to strike-up a match. Be on the lookout for upcoming changes to the playground and courts themselves too in the coming months. // 24th and Taraval St. (Parkside),

Lower Great Highway Trail/Park

Looking to mix-up your normal running or walking scenery? Take on this 3.5-mile trail to see, first hand, why this swath of greenery alongside Ocean Beach is tops with surfers and beach babes. // Great Highway and Noriega (Outer Sunset),

Junipero Serra Playground/Park

Now with a fully renovated clubhouse and playground, it's as good a time as ever to checkout the only park in the Lakeside neighborhood. // 300 Stonecrest Dr. (Lake Merced),

15th Avenue Steps/Park

Knotty oak trees populate the hillsides along the 15th Avenue Steps could be a scene straight out out Alice and Wonderland. Be on the lookout for the various species of migratory birds that are known to perch along the contorted vegetation. // 15th Ave. and Kirkman St. (Inner Sunset),

Western Sunset Playground

With one of the few lacrosse fields anywhere in San Francisco, Western Sunset Playground is, weirdly enough, a bastion for the East Coasters who partake in the sport. But, for the less athletic among us, feel free to sprawl out on the well-manicured, dog-friendly greens surrounding the tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts. // 3223 Ortega St. (Outer Sunset),

Western Sunset Rec Center

Serving the Sunset community since the early 40s, the Western Sunset Rec Center has been a pinnacle part of both the inner and outer Sunset neighborhoods for more than 70 years. Complete with playgrounds, courts, and grasses, Western Rec Center has a bevy of activities to serve any patron. // 2201 Lawton St. (Outer Sunset),

Harding Park

Once limited by the PGA tours, Harding Park became quite a famous green space in the 1950s. Now it's more appreciated for its killer views of Lake Merced than its golfing greens. // 99 Harding Rd (Lake Merced),

Lake Merced Park

Bordering the San Francisco Zoo, Lake Merced Park has long been an epicenter for aquatic recreation. Rent a kayak at the boathouse to paddle through the iconic SF lake. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for osprey and other birds of prey that frequent the lake's shorelines. // Skyline Blvd and Harding Rd (Lake Merced),

Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove/Park

Thirty-three acres of lush greenery wrap this Sunset treasure. Weekly concerts can be see at the park's amphitheaters, hosting crowds of 10,000 people or more; check-out his year's lineup. // Sloat Blvd (Parkside),

Pine Lake Park

Steeped with opportunities for wildlife watching, Pine Lake Park is a birdwatcher's thirty-acre paradise. In fact, it's one of the stops on the Pacific Flyway.(Take note, bird watchers and avian enthusiasts.) // Sloat Blvd. and Vale St. (Parkside),

Parkside Square

Seven-acre Parkside Square features houses tennis and basketball courts, as well as a large baseball field for public use. The kiddos will love the generously sized sand pit and climbing structures.// 28th Avenue and Vicente (Parkside),

Carl Larsen Park

A popular play space in the neighborhood—filled with basketball and tennis courts and a baseball diamond—Carl Larsen Park is the perfect place for the whole family to get some fresh air. // 19th Ave. and Vicente (Parkside),

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