Mission Dolores Park, San Francisco

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Dolores Park is a city park in San Francisco, California. It is located two blocks south of Mission Dolores at the western edge of the Mission District. South of the park is a hillside area known as "Dolores Heights," while The Castro neighborhood is located a short distance to the west. Dolores Park is bounded by 18th Street on the north, 20th Street on the south, Dolores Street on the east and Church Street on the west. The northern end of Dolores Park is located directly across the street from Mission High School.Dolores Park offers several features including many tennis courts, a basketball court, a soccer field, a children's playground, and a dog play area. The southern half of the park is also notable for its views of the Mission district, downtown, the San Francisco Bay and the East Bay. Also notable is the routing of the Muni Metro J-Church streetcar line through the park.The park lies east of Twin Peaks in the warm and sunny microclimate of the Mission neighborhood. In recent years, the park's popularity among San Franciscans looking for outdoor relaxation and recreation has increased, and as of 2016 it is attracting up to 7,000-10,000 people on a sunny weekend day.
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  • August 13, 2017
    I had been told about the unfortunate violent event in June and was cautious when I visited the park. It was shockingly clean, especially the restrooms and playground area. However, there are more hom...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Abs loved this place. Spent the afternoon of 4th relaxing in the sun, people watching. Good music, good vibes, spectacular views. A place to clear your head. We were visiting from the UK, it's slightl...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Grab something to eat and a blanket and enjoy the view over the city in the background during sunset. Before or after enjoy the streets of Mission District incl. the amazing street arts and individual...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Fantastic park for everyone right at the edge of the city with a beautiful view of downtown. Mission Dolores is built on a grade so everyone has a good view. 1/2 is for dog off-leash and the other half has lots of hills and playground. There are restrooms at both ends diagonal from each other. It is only a short walk away from The Castro and The Mission. Parking is limited so you may have to walk a few blocks. If walking from Noe Valley, Church Street is the best route.
  • July 7, 2017
    This is THE go to park for locals on the weekends with the incredible city views and friendly neighborhood vibe. Be prepared to spend the whole day because you won't want to leave. Feel free to bring your booze and if you run out while you're there, you'll likely find vendors walking around with various options to keep your spirits up. Keep a special eye out for the rum & coconut guy - he has long dreads and drags around a blue cooler. He uses a machete to open your coconut, dumps in an obscene amount of rum, and it'll only cost you about $10.
  • July 3, 2017
    There is always something/someone interesting to see at Dolores Park, and now that the entire park is open after renovation, it's a much better experience. This is the place to gather as soon as the sun decides to grace San Francisco with its presence, so prepare to be mobbed. The best/worst time, of course, is Pride week-end. Go brave the masses if you dare!
  • July 11, 2017
    One of my favorite parks in SF. This gets very crowded during weekends and holidays. Is support to be a drink/drug free zone but you will see a lot of that happening there. It's still a friendly environment for kids with a nice playground area.
  • July 5, 2017
    Beautiful modern city park with great facilities and amazing views of Downtown S.F. Very trendy with lots of younger folks. Gets extremely crowded on weekends and is often left a mess by late afternoon or evening due to left trash. Nice Tennis courts and clean restrooms. J train stops right in the park.

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