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Get to Know Bay Front and Aqua Vista Parks in Mission Bay

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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.

In the rapidly changing Mission Bay area where dilapidated warehouses are giving way to luxury condos and corporate headquarters, a new park has been formed on a pier known for housing boatbuilders, fisherman and artists. Formerly known as Pier 64, the new park covers 7.4 acres and integrates fluidly into the existing Aqua Vista Park just to the south, contributing to the Bay Trail. Where it's located: Along Terry A Francois Boulevard and the waterfront, running from Mission Bay Boulevard South to about 17th Street.

What it features: A trail runs the entire length of the two parks that feature beautiful waterfront views all the way to the East Bay hills on a clear day. A public fishing pier protrudes over the water and a few benches and picnic tables round out most of the amenities.

How to get there: The T/K light rail line will drop you off on Third Street (UCSF/Mission Bay stop), just a one block walk from the parks.

Dogs allowed?: Dogs are allowed on-leash at both parks.

Don't miss: An opportunity to enjoy the relatively undisturbed and sparsely occupied parks. The excessive building and subsequent emerging population of both Mission Bay and the neighboring Dogpatch areas will contribute greatly to the popularity of the park. If a vibrant atmosphere is more your thing, give it a couple of years and the daily usage of the park will increase as more area residential buildings open.
·Pier 64 to Become Open Space [The Potrero View]
·San Francisco Bay Trail [homepage]
·Bayfront Park [Hargreaves Associates]