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83 facts about the Golden Gate Bridge for its 83rd birthday

It’s nice when the one you love can still surprise you.

Mimicking Brooklyn, four SF parks adopt social distancing circles

Like parking spots but for humans, these circles are meant to keep people at a safe distance while soaking up some sun.

A brief history of South Park, SF’s oldest—and most underrated—public park

It has a rich and thrilling past, which includes the birthplace of Twitter and setting the stage for an Oscar-winning performance.

150 things you didn’t know about Golden Gate Park for its 150th anniversary

A look at civil engineer William Hammond Hall’s urban masterpiece.

All Marin County parks closed to cars after crowds disregard novel coronavirus orders

Weekend crowds were last straw for public health officials pushing to drive down COVID-19 spread.

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The best privately owned public open spaces in SF

Neither obvious nor clearly marked, POPOS are all over—and everyone is welcome.

East Bay lawmakers desperate to buy gorgeous $72M ranch

Many hope the 80,000-square-foot property, for sale for the first time in nearly a century, will become California’s newest state park.

13 fascinating facts you didn’t know about Golden Gate Park

Coyotes and bison live here.

Neighbors fume as SF plans to ax dozens of Mission District trees

"The trees have become the only consistent image and show of strength and comfort during these troubled times."

Here’s why there are giant hearts in Union Square

Enlarged hearts benefit hospital.

13 fascinating facts you didn’t know about the Presidio

Home to the only overnight campsite in San Francisco—and so much more.

Part of Octavia Boulevard permanently closed to cars in park extension

Closure extends Hayes Valley park and could help combat driver-related deaths.

What’s the story behind San Francisco’s official holiday tree?

This nearly 140-year-old Golden Gate Park cypress gets its halls decked every year.

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The 30 best things to do in the city with kids

San Francisco is a mecca for families, with a laundry list of kid-friendly attractions that go way beyond the cliched tourist destinations (we're looking at you, Alcatraz). Here are the 30 best.

Billionaire still trying to close Silicon Valley beach to public

Appeals court bolsters Vinod Khosla’s years-long crusade against surfers.

13 fascinating facts you didn't know about Glen Canyon

Ever so grand.

Despite lack of permits, Santacon isn’t cancelled

It’s beginning to look a lot like—whatever all of this is.

A complete history of Alcatraz Island

From a place of punishment to the cradle of a movement

Berkeley artist vows to move “Big People” somewhere that will appreciate his work

Towering 2008 piece faces demolition due to maintenance costs

Before and after: What the Presidio’s new 14-acre park will look like

The designer green space will connect people from Crissy Field to the Presidio.

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What to see in Golden Gate Park

There’s more to the park than museums and music festivals.

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The overlooked and forgotten murals of SF

With over roughly 450 murals in San Francisco, there are a few hidden and long-forgotten ones that deserve a second look.

Columbus statue in North Beach vandalized—again

"Kill all colonizers," declared the unidentified protesters.

Everything you need to know about this year’s SF Fleet Week

Look up—or duck and cover.

SF Giants and developer release new China Basin Park designs for Mission Rock

This delayed development adjacent to Oracle Park will feature public space and over 1,000 homes

Where to see fall foliage in the Bay Area

While we’ll never be as showy as New England, we do have a handful of spots to see fall unfold.

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San Francisco’s most glorious fountains

From a fountain of turtles to a misting dandelion, these gushers will have you gushing.

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Cool down at one of these pools or swimming spots in the Bay Area

From rope swinging into Bass Lake to taking a dip in the Contra Loma swim lagoon, these are the best—and cheapest—places to swim in the Bay Area.

There’s a mountain lion roaming the Sunset, Golden Gate Park

Big cat is unlikely to bother humans.

City: Park named after racist congressman should be rechristened

Board of Supervisors voted to rename Julius Khan playground last year.

SF to pull racist congressman’s name from park

Julius Kahn Playground’s namesake was noted for his virulent hatred of Asian immigrants

Treasure Island installation uses 36 tons of Bay Bridge steel

"Signal," a 25-foot piece under construction, will invite residents to get up close with the remains of the old eastern span

FYI, Salesforce does not own Salesforce Transit Center, park

Cloud computing giant is city’s biggest renter, not owner

Treasure Island Music Festival canceled over bay conservation fight

Evicted from Treasure Island, annual concert festival derailed by fight between bay guardian group and Port of Oakland.

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The best secret gardens and green spaces hidden around SF

Discover some of the city’s most lush and tranquil spots.

Twitter brings global video chat container art back to SF

"#Tweetups," as the company now brands them, are a revival of an older yet welcome installation.

Federal government tinkering with plan to poison Farallon Islands

"This highly toxic rodenticide, it’s like dropping a nuclear bomb on this island."

Salesforce Park’s grand reopening will be a subdued affair

But the gondola will—at last–be available for rides.

Construction begins on leather/LGBTQ-themed park

Eagle Plaza in West SoMa five years in the making.