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.

Visitacion Valley + Portola + Crocker-Amazon

Visitacion Valley Greenway

Featuring a healthy communal herb garden, you'll likely smell the aromatics wafting from the greenway before you see it. It's also a well-known butterfly watching area. // Campbell and Rutland St. (Visitacion Valley),

Kelloch and Velasco Mini Park

Nine-to-fivers often relax on a park bench overlooking this humble neighborhood green space. Take refuge from the sun under the gazebo or sweat it out on the public basketball courts. // Kelloch and Velasco St. (Visitacion Valley),

Visitacion Valley Playground

Scaled by unique climbing structures and padded by sand, the Vistacion Valley Playground is a safe space for even the most adventurous three-year-old. The onsite clubhouse can serve as a private event's space too, should you be looking for a place to host your kiddo's next birthday party. // 50 Raymond Ave. (Visitacion Valley),

Little Hollywood Park

Anchored by a wooden playground and surrounded by tall, shading shrubbery, Little Hollywood Park is a delight to the senses. Let the family dog expend excess energy or join a game of basketball on the courts. // Tocoloma and Lathrop Ave. (Visitacion Valley),

Louis Sutter Playground

With sweeping views of nearby McNab Lake, Louis Sutter Playground caters just as much to grade-schoolers as it does to avid wildlife watchers. Feel free to bring the pup too; Louis Sutter Playground is an off-leash friendly public space. // Wayland Dr. and University Dr. (Portrero),

Herz Playground

Sure, there are activities for the little ones to partake in, but the large off-leash dog area is the true welcome addition to the neighborhood. Take a dip in Coffman Pool, just a stone's throw from the playground. // Hahn and Visitacion Ave. (Visitacion Valley),

John Mclaren Park

San Francisco's second-largest park sits south of the city. Weave through the seven miles of well-manicured trails that wind through 312 acres. // Mansell St. John F. Shelley Dr (Excelsior),

Crocker Amazon Playground

Want to burn off some steam with a heart pumping workout? Run it out on one of five full-size soccer, baseball and softball fields, as well as tennis, basketball and bocce courts. // Moscow and Geneva Ave. (Crocker-Amazon),

Alice Chalmers Playground

Take the kids to jump around at this small urban park, well-appointed with public play courts and large playground.Parking on Brunswick St. is plentiful. // 670 Brunswick St. (Crocker-Amazon),

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