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 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 1974, Jack Wickert and Bonnie Sherk moved into an abandoned and desolate patch of land that used to be factory with the hopes of creating a model farm and environmental school for children. They, along with many artists, transformed the space into a large farm that had 70 farm animals, as well as an event space where rehearsals, art shows, festival, and youth group gatherings were held. After a long legal battle that ended in 1987, those in charge of the farm lost to the landlords, and ultimately had to give up the land, though some of the Potrero del Sol garden is still intact. Shoot forward to present day, and the 4.5 acre park is home to San Francisco's largest skate park. Other highlights include a performance space and a lovely community garden that has 80 plots. Where it's located: There's an entrance at Utah and 25th streets.
What it features: San Francisco's largest skatepark. There's also a playground, a performance space, and, nearby, a community garden.
How to get there: 9-San Bruno, 10-Townsend or 33-Stanyan -- 25th St. and Potrero Ave.
Dogs allowed?: Yes, but leashed.
Don't miss: Plenty of big events happen year round, but our personal favorite is the Phono del Sol festival.
· Potrero del Sol [SF Rec and Park]
· Potrero del Sol Park (La Raza) [SF Park Alliance]
· The Farm [Found SF]
· Open Space, the Final Frontier [The Potrero View]
· Phono del Sol festival [Official website]