We all love Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, but did you know San Francisco has over 220 parks and open spaces? Curbed SF wants to bring fame and glory to some of the smaller, lesser-known parks, and we're doing so with our series Park Life. Each week we'll spotlight a different San Francisco park or open space, and bring you all the details you need to plan a visit.
Conceived as part of the ten-acre Golden Gateway, Sydney G. Walton Square is like a little oasis in the Financial District. The park was designed by master landscape architect Peter Walker of Sasaki, Walker, and Associates in 1960. If you go during lunchtime, you'll notice that it's full of people who work nearby catching some sun and fresh air.
Where it's located: The park is near the Embarcadero, bound by Front, Pacific, Davis, and Jackson Streets.
What it features: The park is made up of rolling lawns with lots of benches, public art, and a massive fountain in the middle. A big open stairway connects to the elevated townhouses and courtyards above. Lots of people eat lunch and lounge in the grass.
How to get there: The park is walking distance from Market Street, but is also near the 1, 10, 12, and 41 buses.
Dogs allowed?: No, but it seems like lots of people let their dogs romp around during their breaks anyway.
Don't Miss: The park design is supposed to suggest an alpine meadow, with the park itself an open green and “mountains” represented by the surrounding high-rise buildings and townhouses.