Everyone loves 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.[Photos via Patricia Chang ]
The aptly-named Grandview Park, also known as Turtle Hill to some locals due to its shape, is the product of 140 million years of evolution. The rocky hilltop made of wind-blown sand and a rock called Franciscan chert, that originally formed in an ancient sea floor, is home to sensitive species of plants and butterflies. And some of the best views you will find in San Francisco. Panoramic, 360-degree views that stretch in all directions. Where it's located: In the Inner Sunset between 14th and 15 avenues where Moraga would bisect it it weren't for the giant hill in the way.
What it features: The park is small on terrain and big on views. Basically the only activities available are walking the short paths, relaxing and taking in the views.
How to get there: Only one bus line, the 66, gets you within a couple blocks, and it's still a hike straight up to the top.
Dogs allowed?: Technically yes, but due to the sensitive ecosystem of the park please keep them on the paths.
Don't miss: The park for a sunset on a clear day. With views that can extend all the way to Pt. Reyes at times, you will be hard pressed to find a better spot to watch the day turn to night.
·Grandview Park [SF Parks and Rec]
·Grandview Park and the Mosaic Stairway [SFGate]