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View a Bygone Era at Historic Cottage Row Mini Park

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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 on the edge of Japantown in the Lower Pac Heights neighborhood sits a thin strip of land known as Cottage Row Mini Park. Located within the Cottage Row Historic District, of the National Register of Historic Places, the park runs adjacent to a line of Victorian houses that have stood since the 1800's, many of which were built by William Hollis during the late 1860?s and 1870?s. Whether used as a shortcut for walkers, a dog play area, or an inviting lunch spot, you will want see this landscaped park with historic homes for yourself.

Where it's located: The park stretches from Sutter to Bush streets between Webster and Fillmore in the Lower Pac Heights neighborhood.

What it features: The park is primarily a brick walkway with 2 small green areas for recreation. A few scattered benches and some pleasant landscaping fill out the park.

How to get there: Muni lines 2,3 and 22 will get you very close. The 38 is also an option, but you will need to walk about 2 blocks.

Dogs allowed: On-leash dogs only are permitted in this narrow park.

Don't miss: A short walk through a neighborhood time capsule. The small, well-maintained Victorian homes and brick pathway offer a brief glimpse into San Francisco's pre-earthquake era.
·Cottage Row Mini Park [San Francisco Parks Alliance]
·Cottage Row Mini Park [San Francisco Recreation and Parks]