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Saved by the Community: Ingelside Heights' Brooks Park

[Photo via <a href="">Patricia Chang</a>]
[Photo via Patricia Chang]

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.

[Photos via Patricia Chang]

This hilltop park is located on land occupied for much of the 20th century by the Brooks family, and the trendsetting Mrs. Brooks, who composted, raised beehives and taught visitors about native plant gardening. In 1978 the Brooks family moved and the property was made into a park by the City. Quickly afterward the park fell into neglect and became a blight on the neighborhood. In 1987, locals formed the Friends of Brooks Park organization and began to clean up the haven for graffiti and vandalism. Where it's located: In the Ingelside Heights neighborhood, bound by Shields and Sargent streets to the north and south, and Vernon and Victoria streets to the east and west. Entrances are located on Vernon and Shields.

What it features: The park has a children's playground and sand box, community garden, BBQ pits, public seating, and stone benches offering scenic vistas.

How to get there: Take the M Muni light rail line to Randolph Street to get within a couple of blocks, or take bus line 29 on Garfield to get about a block closer.

Dogs allowed?: Yes, but only on-leash of course.

Don't miss: A chance to see this San Francisco Beautiful Award-winning park for yourself. In the 1990's the park went through a renaissance thanks to the aforementioned Friends of Brooks Park, enlarging the park by 6 acres to its current size, building gates and a community garden, restoring native plants, and continually organizing work parties.
·Brooks Park [San Francisco Parks and Recreation]
·Brooks Park [Park Scan]