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  • Scott
    San Francisco, CA4,988 contributions
    Beautiful Urban Park on Pacific heights. Across the street from spreckels Mansion, and the best view of the mansion. Great place to bring the kids to play. Found a curbside parking spot on a Sunday afternoon.
    Written 3 November 2019
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  • Ulyana
    Moscow, Russia605 contributions
    Cool place to have a excellent view! There is small parking area but it’s possible to park your car for a some period of time along the road. Be noticed that it’s very very very windy point but photos made here are really amazing!
    Written 15 June 2021
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    A Nice Cultural Experience

    In August, I did a long stroll though Chinatown, and ended at Portsmouth Square, a square block of concrete and lawn, bounded on the west by Walter U Lum Place (a very small street), on the north by Washington St, on the south by Clay St, and then on the eastern edge of Chinatown, Kearney St, where the Financial District officially begins.

    Years ago, I had first visited Portsmouth Square, when we stayed at the Hilton Financial District, which is directly across the street, and is attached to the Square by a pedestrian bridge. The Chinese Cultural Center is in the Hilton, on the bridge level, but I have never encountered it being open. As I did not cross the bridge on this visit, I cannot say if it was, or not.

    Portsmouth Square is a gathering place, and for all of the residents near-by, many of whom are of Asian descent. It’s a lovely area to push the babies in strollers, for the older kids to play, and for the adults to play board games on the plentiful tables, and benches.

    It was still early in the morning, on a Summer weekday, so the Square was not heavily utilized - yet. I have observed it rather filled on Sundays, so I got to see more, than usual.

    Though the traffic on Kearney St is quite heavy, at all times, the raised nature of the Square on its eastern edge, separates the space, from most of the traffic - it seems a world away.

    When more active, it is a good place to absorb a bit of Asian culture, and just enjoy this oasis in the city.
    Written 28 May 2020
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    Lovely Park Across from Historic Cathedral

    In July, I stumbled on Old St Mary’s Cathedral on California St, and while photographing it from the exterior, encountered St Mary’s Park, just across the street.

    I had walked down California St, from Chinatown, and discovered the Cathedral, and from it, discovered St Mary’s Park

    First, it was a great vantage point, to study the structure of the Cathedral, but it was also a tranquil little park, right in the middle of Chinatown.

    The park has some nice grassy areas, and quite a few benches, plus a small playground for youngsters. I noticed a public bathroom, in an antique structure, on the western edge of the park, so a convenience.

    Besides the views of the Cathedral, and some of the nearby buildings, both in Chinatown and the Financial District, St Mary’s Park offers a respite from life - nice and quiet, and lovely to behold.
    Written 28 May 2020
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  • TooMuch2Do
    Laguna Niguel, CA402 contributions
    If you are walking to or from Bernal Heights Park on the Mission St side, walk up Esmeralda Street. Tucked into the landscaping is a steep narrow park with a double sliding board half a block long. It's fun even for adults. The slide is fast but you can slow yourself down using the sides of your shoes to increase friction.
    Written 19 October 2018
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  • Bonnie S
    Chilliwack, Canada1,481 contributions
    What a fun area for the kids. I have never seen a slide quite like the one here. Kids took pieces of cardboard to the top and slid down the cement slide. The Bubble Pirate was in the area at the time we were there and I saw my first bubble dragon.
    Written 7 July 2019
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  • Travel75_12
    Fremont, CA459 contributions
    South Park is small, hidden gem in the heart of busy San Francisco. Easily accessible, relaxing, and a great place for a picnic (with plenty of dining options in the area).
    Written 27 July 2020
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA175,092 contributions
    This is a very fun playground. We loved going there.

    There were many children enjoying the playground. Everyone was having fun.

    Its in the Civic Center area.
    Written 23 December 2019
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  • WillieMacfan
    Healdsburg, CA638 contributions
    Grew up in San Francisco and never knew about this park. Likely unless you live in the residential neighborhood surrounding this park you would have no idea about it. That said looking thru neighborhood sights, I decided to look for this park and discovered a serene natural setting.

    Park has a children's playground which is protected by a low cyclone fence from animals, two nicely maintained tennis courts and both paved and unpaved paths around the park. There are two level green space areas one at the top and one at the bottom. Use of park could be improved with a few picnic tables (there are none so bring blankets to spread out or your own portable tables. Park is off 12th Avenue in the Sunset District. Dogs are allowed on leash; though an impolite couple had three dogs off-leash.

    Views from the park are limited due to foliage.
    Written 19 September 2019
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  • Chris L
    Mountain View, CA174 contributions
    We'd marched our kids through a series of museums, and they needed a chance to get their ya-yas out. This playground has beautiful landscaping, space to run around, and some cool equipment, including a dual swing. Picnic tables for parents to chill at, and the surrounding area is cool to check out.
    Written 27 December 2019
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  • 1GiantsMS
    Redwood City, CA1,106 contributions
    Played here as a kid and what a difference. Everything is clean with lots of interesting art and trails to explore. No longer a place to be afraid. Sculptures seem to pop out at you like at an old fun house. Very entertaining. Lots of parking available nearby. Can be a bit noisy with freeway and Bart nearby.
    Written 27 June 2020
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  • Steinbrenner
    Columbus, OH463 contributions
    Great place to meet locals in SF. There is also free parking on W. Pacific. There is always something fun happening in the park. There are also great views of the GG Bridge.
    Written 1 March 2016
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  • kani75
    Chennai (Madras), India534 contributions
    The only other trampoline park we've been to is Rize in HongKong which is excellent. House of Air is very good with very helpful staff, good supervision and safety measures and decent amount of space. We were disappointed that our 4.5yr son had to use a separate area and we therefore could not all do this as a family. Other Jan that it's good fun and do try out the dodge ball game!
    Written 15 May 2017
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