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.
Located in Lower Pacific Heights, you have probably driven past the Bush and Broderick Mini Park dozens of times and never even known it's there. Just the size of a San Francisco housing lot in the area, the quiet park invites those walking by to stop and take a moment from the cacophony of Bush Street and its heavy traffic. The vegetation and abundance of benches will help you to momentarily forget you are steps away from a busy thoroughfare.
Where it's located: On Bush Street, midway between Broderick and Baker streets, in Lower Pacific Heights.
What it features: The park is very simple, containing benches, picnic tables, a lawn, and a dirt area (a playground?) in the rear. A mural has been painted onto the back wall of the park, and it is all connected by a meandering concrete path.
How to get there: A car is easy, due to its location on a one-way thoroughfare, but parking is less than convenient. To get there by Muni from east/west, the 1 runs down California only two blocks away, and the 2 is even closer on Sutter. The 43 and the 24, going north/south, run on Presidio and Divisadero respectively, also within a couple of blocks. Realistically, this is not a destination park for most people, so just walk over there and check it out if you're close by.
Dogs allowed: Yes, this is advertised as a dog-friendly park, and for once we didn't see any leash-only signs.
Don't miss: A small park to play with the kids and dog, while not fearing losing sight of them. The park has only one entrance, and you can see the entire thing at once. Unlike other mini parks, however, it's mostly grass, so you can let the young ones play, and the dogs run without risking them hurting themselves on hard concrete.
·Bush/Broderick Mini Park [San Francisco Parks Alliance]