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.
With a pool and playground remodeled in 2010, Lower Pac Height's Hamilton Recreation Center is a park lovers delight. Featuring an abundance of amenities and a central location with parking, this is the type of park normally suited for a sprawling suburb rather than a dense urban environment. Where it's located: On the border of Lower Pacific Heights and The Western Addition, bound lengthwise by Post and Geary streets, book-ended by Steiner and Scott.
What it features: Outdoors it has a large playground, concrete patio with benches, 2 tennis courts, full-court basketball, a large, flat grass area for soccer, football, etc. In the recreation center you will find another full basketball court, large pool (with waterslides), locker rooms and gathering room. On the far western edge if the park is the Western Addition Branch Library.
How to get there: Heading east/west the 38 bus line is right on the park, with the 2/3 lines only one block off. Going north/south the 22 and 24 lines will take you within a block.
Dogs allowed?: Of course, but only on-leash.
Don't miss: The pool during water slide hours. The kids, of course, will love it, and you may as well. The flat portion of the park on a sunny day is also a must, as we all know how difficult it can be to find a large level surface for activities in the city.
·Hamilton Recreation Center [ParkScan]
·Hamilton Pool [SF Rec and Park]
·Hamilton Aquatic Center [Facebook]