Parks in San Francisco

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Great neighborhood park for kids in SF?

Feb 2006

I'm looking for great neighborhood parks in the city. We love Crissy Field, but haven't had much luck with smaller spaces. I'd love to hear about your favorites. Thanks!

I grew up in the city and I remember my day care would take us to Mountain Lake Park during the summer when I was in 3rd grade. I remember it being big and sandy. It had a really cool slide and it had a lake with ducks and geese. I honestly don't really know how to get there, but I looked it up and it is located on Lake Street in San Francisco. Betty

dude, go to the park atop moscone center, by (in the metreon) wild things with the big old freaky shining slides. and golden gate... parklover

We take our almost 2 year old to Rochambeau park in the Richmond. It's between 24th and 25th avenues and California and Lake Streets. We like it quite a bit! good safe playstructures, lots of kids, bathrooms, and people leave toys there that become community property. There's also a more advanced playground for the bigger kids, and basketball and tennis courts so I think older kids wouold have fun too. ED

Depending on what part of town you're in there are several nice playgrounds. In Bernal Heights we like Holly Park Playground and Bernal Playground (aka behind the library). On Potrero Hill there's a nice but sometimes windy park at 20th St. & Vermont, McKinley Park. In the Excelsior the Excelsior Playground on Madrid is cute.

Near CPMC on the other side of town, Julius Kahn is a really great place, expensively renovated with a clubhouse that has arts & crafts. A little farther down the road at 23rd Ave/Lake St. is the Mountain Lake park, which has an actual lake with ducks and such.

Up on top of the Muni tunnel the West Portal playground is also very nice, with a big grassy area as well as a clubhouse & play structure.

For much more info go here: valerie

My 8 year old daughter loves KidPower! in the Mission. It's on Hoff, a one block street that runs from 16th to 17th between Mission and Valencia. It's pretty new, with great equipment.

The Children's Playground in Golden Gate Park (near the carousel, in the southeast corner of the park) is nice because there are different areas targeted towards different aged kids, so the toddlers don't get stomped by bigger kids. We go here a fair amount because it is closest to our house, but it attracts kids from all over the City, and there's the park to explore if the playground gets boring.

Happy climbing! Lisa