|ON RUSSIAN HILL
|Alice Marble Tennis Courts (Hyde and Greenwich) These tennis and
basketball courts (named for famed California tennis champion Alice Marble) have recently been rebuilt as part of the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's (SFPUC) replacement of the reservoir beneath them. The original reservoir dated to the 1860s. The current reservoir provides drinking water for the Marina and serves as an emergency source for fire services.
|George Sterling Park (Larkin - between Greenwich and Lombard) This park surrounds the Alice Marble Tennis Courts and contains trees and
shrubs, paths, stairways, and benches. There are lovely vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge. Recent improvements have been completed by Friends of Sterling Park. This
park is owned by the SFPUC – Water Department. The tennis and basketball courts are maintained by San Francisco
Recreation and Parks Department. The park's namesake was a well-known poet of the early twentieth century, one of the leaders of San Francisco's artistic Bohemian colony.
|Fay Park (2366 Leavenworth at Chestnut) Fay Park is the bequest of Mary Fay Berrigan to
the city of San Francisco of a property that was in her family from 1869 until the death of her husband in 1998. The park contains a Thomas Church garden with twin gazebos and a 1911 house.
|Helen Wills Playground (Broadway and Larkin, phone #292-2016) Named for another Bay Area tennis great, this playground recently underwent a complete renovation due in large part to community support and the fundraising efforts of Russian Hill Neighbors. There is a recreation center
with restrooms, tiny tots and latchkey programs, and summer programs. It has a children's playground, tennis court, and basketball court.
|Michelangelo Playground (Greenwich between Jones and Taylor) This delightful jewel of
a park is the result of community fundraising and advocacy. It has a children's playground, basketball hoops, paths, community
garden, trees, shrubs, plantings, grass, and benches. It is secluded from the street, set below street level and enclosed by
buildings on two sides and stone walls and a bouganvilla-covered fence on the other.
|Mini-park on Hyde (between Green and Vallejo on the west side of Hyde) Also
known as Teepee Park, this park has a terraced path leading downhill from Hyde Street, with trees, plantings, and benches. At the entrance is a
small sand area containing a "teepee."
|Mini-park on Broadway (between Leavenworth and Hyde) A grassy tree-shaded retreat, this tiny park was recently restored and replanted.
|Russian Hill Park (Bay Street between Larkin and Hyde) This large grassy park
with trees, plantings, and benches is owned by the SFPUC – Water Department.
Ina Coolbrith Park (Vallejo between Taylor and Mason) Dedicated to California's first poet laureate, this steep patch of greenery contains stairways, benches, gardens, and magnificent vistas.
|NEAR RUSSIAN HILL (within two blocks of RHN
Allyne Park - (on Green between Gough and Octavia) Located next to the Octagon House on Union and Gough, this charming fenced-in park is frequented by dog
owners and parents with children. It is beautifully landscaped with paths, trees, shrubs, flowers, benches, and grassy
|Washington-Hyde Park (Washington between Hyde and Leavenworth) This modern enclosed park
looks like a colorful child-scale city for children to play in. It has only sand or bouncy ground surfaces.