Everyone loves 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]
Located along the eastern waterfront, just before SoMa meets Mission Bay, is South Beach Park. Built privately by the South Beach Marina Association, the park's proximity to the water, abundance of sunlight and plethora of surrounding amenities may give naysayers a new appreciation for the small, urban park. Where it's located: In the South Beach area of San Francisco's waterfront. The park begins where Pier 40 touches land and extends south.
What it features: The park itself mostly consists of an open lawn, children's play area, benches and additional seating. Like many of the best urban parks, however, it's the proximity to other amenities that make this park special. Adjacent to the park there are many restaurants, shops, South Beach Harbor and its nearby ferry terminal, the popular Pier 40, and AT&T park.
How to get there: The N and K/T Muni lines run right down the Embarcadero, stopping very close to the park and its vibrant scene.
Dogs allowed?: Dogs are allowed on-leash, although reviewers of the park noted how much their pups loved running around freely.
Don't Miss: The park during a Giants home game. The area is teeming with activity and one can make the sun-drenched park part of the game day experience with or without an actual ticket. Hang out with the revelers, watch the game in a local pub, or head over to Pier 40 and rent a kayak to take into McCovey Cove.
·South Beach Park [SF Parks Alliance]
·South Beach Harbor [Homepage]
·South Beach Harbor Park [Foursquare]