Open sunrise to sunset, Hayes Valley's Koshland Community Park and Learning Garden is a great place to grab some fresh air, stretch your legs, and get hands-on with some of your favorite foods. Since 1996, local residents have maintained a 54-plot garden and teach interested children and adults about gardening and food sources.
Where it's located: At the intersection of Page and Buchanan streets in Hayes Valley. There are entrances from either street.
What it features: The main attraction is the community garden, which is well tended and popular. Schools often use the space to educate children, reserving 18 plots for learning. The garden is maintained by the children and local residents. If gardening isn't your thing, there is also a half basketball court, an open green area and benches. A children's playground, complete with tire swing, is also available.
How to get there: Take the F-line to Market and Buchanan and hoof it 3 ½ blocks up the hill, or if a bus is more your thing, jump on Muni lines 6 or 71 to get within a block.
Dogs allowed: Yes, but leash only of course.
Don't miss: A walk through the garden when the crops are growing full. Some of us city dwellers may be surprised to see how our favorite foods appear before being displayed at our local Whole Foods. All the vegetation is labeled to ensure proper identification.
·Koshland Park [koshlandgarden.blogspot.com]
·Koshland Park [San Francisco Recreation and Parks]