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.
Perched above the Castro and Corona Heights sits Buena Vista Park's southerly sister, Corona Heights Park. Originally known as Rock Hill, the spot was once a quarry and brick factory owned by the notorious Gray Brothers. Josephine Randall, the Recreation Superintendent of San Francisco, proposed that the City buy the 16 acres of Rock Hill for recreation, and it was purchased and named Corona Heights in 1941. In addition to killer panoramic views of the city, the park offers a little something for everyone.
Where it's located: There are multiple entrances: on the northwest corner at Roosevelt Way and Museum Way, through the Randall Museum parking lot, on the south side via a path off of States Street, on the southeast corner at the ends of 16th or Flint Streets, or on the north east corner from paths off of 15th or Beaver Streets.
What it features: Corona Heights Park really does have a little bit of everything. On the part of the park south of the Randall Museum, there's a large playground, basketball and tennis courts, and a large grass field. Trails and a pretty monstrous set of steps lead around the museum and up the hill, eventually leading to the boulders at the top for panoramic views of the city. The northwest side of the park features more grassy fields and a dog run. Then there's the Randall Museum itself, located in the middle.
How to get there: The park is only a few blocks from the Castro MUNI station. The 24 bus also drops off along Castro at 15th and 16th Streets one block east of the park, or the 37 bus goes to Masonic and Upper Terrace one block west of the park.
Dogs allowed?: Yes, on leash throughout the park, but are allowed off-leash in the dog run near Roosevelt and Museum Ways. The dog run is fenced in and covered in woodchips - plus it overlooks all of downtown, earning our vote for Best Dog Park View.
Don't Miss: The Randall Museum has been in the park since 1951, focusing on the culture and environment of the San Francisco Bay Area, and offers arts and sciences classes.