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A View of the Bay and a Ballgame at China Basin Park

Photo via <a href="">Patricia Chang</a>
Photo via Patricia Chang

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.

[Photo via Patricia Chang]

Located along the mouth of Mission Creek is a small strip of land known as China Basin Park. Essentially a viewing point for the bay and the home of the San Francisco Giants this park has two personalities: one for most days, and one for game days. Expect a tranquil atmosphere with a handful of people lounging around most of the time, but the vibe changes to a park with an increased heartbeat when the Giants are playing. Where it's located: At the corner of Third Street and Terry Francois Boulevard. The park overlooks McCovey Cove, directly across from AT&T Park where Mission Creek meets the San Francisco Bay.

What it features: A grassy park with benches as well as a concrete walking path with Giants placards and a Willy McCovey statue. A Junior Giants baseball field also occupies one section for the little ones to get a some batting practice.

How to get there: Muni Metro is the way to go on this one, with the T/K getting you the closest and the N leaving you on the other side of the ballpark with a short walk across the Third Street bridge.

Dogs allowed?: On-leash of course, best on non-game days if you'd like your pooch to have space to run.

Don't miss: This park once the Mission Rock development is complete. Currently the park is separated from everything by the creek on one side and a sea of parking lots on the other. Eventually it will be a waterfront park adjacent to an actual neighborhood full of people, shops and activities that will give it an ambiance with or without a Giants game.
·China Basin Park [Giants MLB]
·Mission Rock Gets Ready to Play Ball [Curbed SF]