Mission Dolores Park, sometimes abbreviated to Dolores Park, is a town park in San Francisco, California. It is located two blocks south of Mission Dolores on the western edge of the Mission District.
Dolores Park is bounded by 18th Street in the north, 20th Street in the south, Dolores Street in the east, and Church Street in the west. The north end of Dolores Park is directly across the street from Mission High School. On its eastern, southern and western sides, the park is surrounded by two to four-storey residential buildings in different architectural styles. South of the park is a hillside area known as the Dolores Heights, while the Castro community is located a short distance to the west. The topography of the park is distinguished by a strong slope from the southwest to the northeast, offering an unobstructed northeast view of downtown San Francisco, especially from the southwest corner.
Dolores Park has many features, including several tennis courts, a basketball court, a multipurpose court, a soccer field, a dandelion, a playground for children, and a dog play area. The southern half of the park is also noteworthy for its view of the Mission District, downtown, the Bay of San Francisco and the East Bay. Muni Metro J-Church Streetcar line passes through the park along its western boundary.
The park is located east of Twin Peaks in the warm and sunny Microclimate of the Mission area, which was named one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2016. In recent years, the popularity of the park among San Franciscans seeking outdoor leisure and recreation has increased, and as of 2016, it attracted up to 7,000-10,000 people on a sunny weekend.
Surrounding nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco's most famous parks, the vibrant core of its equally vibrant, culturally diverse community. Here you can find lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, one basketball court, a multi-purpose court, a playground, and two playgrounds. Yes, yes. Many concerts, performances and other cultural activities take place here, and on sunny afternoons, people flock to the park to play, have a picnic, a lounge, walk their pets, and enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and beyond.
Named for Mission Dolores nearby, the park is located on land that was once a Jewish cemetery. The City bought the property in 1905 and set up the park. In 1906, it operated as a refugee camp for more than 1,600 people made homeless by earthquakes and fires.
Dolores Park is served by the Church and 18th Street and Right Of Way/20th Stations of the J Church Muni Metro Line, which runs on a private right-of-way on the west side of the park. There are six tennis courts and one basketball court; two soccer fields, a playground and a clubhouse with public toilets. Since the 1960s, Dolores Park has been a community center for cultural, political and sports events. It hosted political gatherings, festivals, Aztec ritual dances, festivities of the Cinco de Mayo, performances of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the annual "Hunky Jesus" Easter competition of the Sisters of Eternal Indulgence.
In 2010, it was revealed that the park would be closed throughout 2011 as part of a significant redesign and construction of a new playground. In the spring of 2012, the new Helen Diller Playground opened in the park, featuring two wide slides, two swings, a granite climbing frame, a sand box and climbing nets. The playground is available for children with disabilities. As of 2014, there were proposals for two off-leash dog playgrounds in the park, but these plans were delayed by an environmental appeal from a local resident who thought that the space should be kept open to create more room for children to play, with the intention of reducing childhood obesity. Up to 2016, more than $20 million has been spent on the park's first renovations for six decades, including the construction of new toilets to fix public urination issues.
This amazing kid-friendly park is just one of the many must-see sights you don’t want to miss in San Francisco, California:
Golden Gate Park
Alamo Square Park
USS San Francisco Memorial
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Corona Heights Park
All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location located at 100 Pine St #1250 in San Francisco! Stop by for a visit anytime!