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.
The residential enclave near Midtown Terrace Playground boasts some of the nicest houses in the city, with lots of single-family homes and children. Not surprisingly, the Midtown Terrace Playground and Sutro Recreation Center is a well-used and welcome spot tucked between Mt. Sutro and Twin Peaks.
Where it's located: The park is in the (appropriately enough) Midtown Terrace area near Forest Hill, at the intersection of Olympia Way and Clarendon Ave. The entrance is right at that corner.
What it features: There is a large playground with sand pit surrounded by trees, a large grass field, and a basketball court.
How to get there: The 36 bus goes right to Olympia Way and Clarendon Avenue, and Forest Hill Muni Station is a few blocks away (though will require a pretty steep hike up a hill).
Dogs allowed?: Yes, and lots of neighbors play fetch on the big lawn (but signs say dogs must be on leash).
Don't Miss: According to Rec & Park, the east bank of the park is actually an earthen dam, creating a reservoir where the land forms a natural bowl, and Adolph Sutro used to keep his cattle here.