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.
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.
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 Russian Hill Boundaries)
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 areas.