Holly Park Adventure

Holly Park, as seen from Bernal Heights.

Two weekends ago Chris and I set out to explore yet another lesser known San Francisco green – Holly Park! Holly Park is located in the heart of Bernal Heights, the neighborhood, and is directly south of Bernal Heights, the park. We first noticed it when visiting Bernal Heights as the perfectly landscaped circular patch of land to the south. (Using Google Maps, you can see that Holly Park is actually a perfect oval.)

Like many of the parks that are over 4 miles away from our apartment, it’s as much about the journey as it is about exploring the actual park. In Holly Park’s case, we traveled up and over 17th street, past The Castro, and through The Mission to get there.

They’re doing massive construction on the N Line and it’s been shutdown every weekend for months.

Walking down 17th street’s massive hill.

Past The Castro.

Through Dolores Park.

Looking back at the giant hill we climbed.

Finally, we arrived! It is pretty flat, compared to most San Francisco parks, and is full of recreational areas. There are gated picnic tables, benches, a baseball diamond, playground, tennis and basketball courts. It’s a tiny park, but well taken care of.

Holly Park playground and view.

It also offers another view of twin peaks and, our favorite space claw, Sutro Tower.

Twin Peaks & Sutro Tower

We spent some time walking around the main loops and hanging out on a bench being welcomed by all of the dogs. When it felt right to leave, we walked north over Bernal Heights to Humphry Slocombe for some ice cream.

In the window of an apartment on Bernal Heights.

Harvey Milk and Honey Graham Cracker ice cream.

What a perfect day! Holly Park is perfect for families, kids, and dogs. The gated picnic area is perfect for birthday parties and/or large gatherings – it looks like it can be reserved(?). If you’d like to see even more photos of Holly Park, check out Chris’s flickr set. I forgot my camera that day… all of the above photos are his. If Holly Park isn’t your thing, check out my collection of San Francisco parks to find one better suited for you.