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McKinley Square and San Francisco's Real Crookedest Street

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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.

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Located just east of the 101 freeway lies one of the Potrero Hill areas most beloved parks, McKinley Square. The park gets steady sunshine all day and the combination of amenities, flatland, hilly trails, and beautiful views will satisfy even the pickiest park lover. Where it's located: The park, located in Potrero Hill, runs mostly along 20th and Vermont streets, while some of the amenities are closer to the adjacent San Bruno Ave.

What it features: The park is a great mix of amenities and natural beauty. A community garden, children's playground and picnic areas give way to rugged trails and beautiful vistas as you climb the hill.

How to get there: The 19 Muni line is your best bet, but if you don't mind a 5-10 minute walk you can also grab the 10, 48, 9 or 33 lines.

Dogs allowed?: On-leash is the usual rule, but there is a large grassy area where a lot of dogs have been spotted getting some exercise.

Don't miss: A chance to see San Francisco's actual crookedest street. This multi-switchback road running along side the park is even more wiggly than the one located in Russian Hill, and without the throngs of tourists to fight through. As one Yelper put it best: "for a last bit of fun when you leave, drive down the steep switchbacks of Vermont Street to the happy shrieks from your child."
·McKinley Square [Park Scan]
·McKinley Square [Yelp]