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]
Developed in the 1970's, the Fallen Bridge Park quickly fell into a state of neglect and decay for over a generation. Fast forward to 2004 when the Utah Street Safety Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) group (now known as MUNA to include nearby Mariposa Street) began to take control of the situation in the form of neighborhood committees. Through the vigilance and steadfastness of their work the park is now a safe and enjoyable park to enjoy in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. Where it's located: At the convergence of Utah and 18th streets in Potrero Hill. A pedestrian bridge over Highway 101 also lands in the park.
What it features: The park is mostly made for hanging out, with the amenities restricted to benches, views, walking paths and some great landscaping.
How to get there: The 9 and 33 Muni lines will get you within a a short walk.
Dogs allowed?: Leash only.
Don't miss: A chance to see a genuine community-driven park. The dilapidated green space also known as the Utah and 18th Mini Park was revitalized strictly by the work of community members and volunteers who fought for grants and invested sweat equity to see their neighborhood become a better place. Their hard work paid off and the park is now maintained and funded primarily by the city.
·Fallen Bridge Mini Park Brightens 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge [The Potrero View]
·Fallen Bridge/Utah & 18th Mini Park [SF Parks Alliance]