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.
The Castro + Duboce Triangle + Noe Valley
Kite Hill Park
A much-loved urban space, Kite Hill is a bastion for flora. Throughout much of the year, you can see blooming lilies and thickets of wild grass. Enjoy some of the best views anywhere in the Bay Area.Fun fact: San Francisco's original settler used this same space to harvest soap-making floras. // Yukon and 19th St. (Castro), sfrecpark.org
Eureka Rec Center
Clubs, classes, courts, oh my! Eureka Rec Center has, for quite some time, been a Castro go-to for new parents. And, if your child just so happens to have four-legs, there's an enclosed dog pen where you can let your furry baby run inhibited. // 100 Collingwood St. (Castro), sfrecpark.org
Seward Mini Park
Known for its two concrete slides, Seward Mini Park is a treat for children and inner children alike. Bring a piece of cardboard or poster board and get ready to smile from ear to ear. // 30 Steward St. (Castro), sfrecpark.org
Noe and Beaver Mini Park
Abundant with garden beds, this quaint green space is an ideal spot for a midday stroll. Put down the phone and pick up a piece of abandoned trash you may see boarding the nearby sidewalks. Visit the park's page if you're eager on how to start a garden bed there. // Noe and Beaver St. (Duboce Triangle), sfrecpark.org
Upper Noe Rec Center
Bustling with kiddos, Upper Noe Rec Center is stacked with modern-day amenities like indoor basketball courts, indoor auditorium, and even an outside area designated for picnicking. // Day St. and Sanchez St. (Noe Valley), sfrecpark.org
Dog owners, rejoice! The upper terrace of this two-for-one park is dog friendly, helping to contain your four-legged bestie from running away courtesy of the rocky walls. The lower half is more bipedal minded, populated with play equipment and an ample amount of benches. // 26th St. and Douglass St. (Noe Valley), sfrecpark.org
Popular among dog lovers, Duboce Park has long been a hangout for the canine enthusiast. Searching for Zen? Along Scott Street is a labyrinth, completed in 2007, designed for meditation. // Duboce Street and Scott Street (Castro), friendsofdubocepark.org