With easy access to a nearby museum, large grassy spaces, BBQ pits, tennis courts, fenced-in off-leash dog run, children’s playground and unique recreational features, Corona Heights Park is a favorite neighborhood stop for adults, children and families. Boasting a signature red rock, hilly terrain that offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy leisure pursuits across multiple hiking trails against a backdrop of inviting, scenic city views, the space formally known as Rock Hill has definitely come a long way.
CORONA HEIGHTS PARK ATTRACTIONS & FEATURES
Across the 15 acres of land that Corona Heights Park sits upon, kids flock to a designated play space, either before or after a visit to the nearby museum. Throughout the park, active pursuits await, especially if you are a rock climber, hiker, tennis player, youth, or dog. Some of the reasons why Corona Heights Park is a popular stop for many locals include the following:
Peixotto Playground: The Corona Heights Playground is located at Beaver and 15th Street, and keeps the kiddies entertained with a large slide, climbing structures, swings, and sand pit. Nearby stretches of grass allow kids to run around, kick a soccer ball about, toss a Frisbee, or enjoy a picnic with loved ones.
Corona Heights Park Tennis Courts: Open daily, from sunrise to sunset, you can enjoy a day of tennis at the relatively new, resurfaced courts situated on the northeast side of Corona Heights Park (2467 15th Street). This public facility is comprised of two tennis courts on non-lighted grounds. If you’re interested in a game with another local, there are currently 27 active tennis partners registered for this location on TennisRound.
Beaver Street Wall: Located at Beaver Street and 15th Street, you’ll find a rock wall suitable for climbing in the northeast corner of Corona Heights Park – right next to the Peixotto Playground. Beaver Street offers places to park, if you plan to visit. For more information on the Beaver Street Wall (including a description, access, approach and climbing tips), the Crag offers a helpful overview.
Off-Leash Dog Run: Noted for offering some of the best views (for a dog park), while canines can explore Corona Heights Park on a leash, they are also permitted to get lost in off-leash play in a dog run located at Randall Field at Museum and Roosevelt Ways. This fenced-in, fully enclosed, well-maintained space covered in woodchips overlooks downtown San Francisco, and provides endless exercise and fun for both dogs and owners. The large, open hill supplies approximately 2 blocks long and 1-1/2 block wide of space.
Randall Museum: From hands-on art and science classes for children and families to local wildlife exhibits, the City is in charge of running this small museum located next to Corona Heights Park on 199 Museum Way. Browse the main lobby to explore the latest interactive exhibitions or let the toddlers run wild in the “treehouse-themed exploration zone.” The Museum features more than 50 species of live animals that are on site for kids to appreciate. Some specimens are on hand to touch. Just below the museum, you’ll find the playground at the bottom of the stairs. If you plan on visiting, some parking is available on the residential streets situated above the playground, in addition to a free parking lot at the museum.
The Randall Museum Theater is host to a number of performances, movies, plays, and lectures year-round. A hiking trail from the Museum leads to the top of Corona Heights with stunning views of San Francisco and the Bay.
THINGS to DO at CORONA HEIGHTS PARK
One of the advantages to spending the day at Corona Heights Park is having access to numerous natural attractions, nature-related activities, and recreational possibilities that go beyond a trip to the playground. Below are just a few suggestions on what to do at Corona Heights Park on your next visit:
Have a Picnic: Dubbed ‘one of the best places to have a picnic,’ outstanding views of the Mission, Noe Valley, and downtown are also on the menu when you spread out a blanket at Corona Heights Park. In the springtime, native California wildflowers such as the California poppy, checkerbloom, mule’s ears, and the Douglas iris, enhance the atmosphere. The best time to catch sight of the blooms is in the springtime.
Go for a Nice Hike: With a canyon-like feel, the one-mile trail network that winds around the hill of Corona Heights Park will lead you up to a summit that provides 360-degree views of the San Francisco Bay Area. Dirt paths, staircases, and groves of trees (eucalyptus, cypress, and oak) add character to the trail, which also offers a challenging pathway that leads down to the 15th Street tennis courts, if you like. To the east, you’ll catch sight of Mission Dolores Park. Better views of the city are granted when you climb the two to three large rocks that you see.
Take Advantage of the Grassy Field: With such an expansive stretch of grass, it’s not uncommon to see the field erupt with energy from a game of baseball, soccer, kickball, or Ultimate Frisbee.
Watch July 4th Fireworks: Arrive early to enjoy catching one of the best views of the city, as well as take in Fourth of July celebrations from a high vantage point.
Consider Gardening at Corona Heights: The States Street (Corona Heights) Community Garden (100 States St.) has 18 plots available for locals to cultivate, with a waiting list much longer than that. If you’d like more information on how you can get involved, visit the Recreation and Parks Department Urban Agriculture website.
Explore the Local Wildlife: With binoculars and cameras in hand, a trip to Corona Heights Park could lead to enriching encounters with area creatures on land and in air. Native reptiles, such as northern and southern alligator lizards, call the park home. Red-tailed hawks fly above. And, the following birds often set up their nests in or near the park: California scrub jays, downy woodpeckers, pygmy nuthatches, white-crowned sparrows, and American goldfinches. Anise swallowtail (large yellow butterfly with black markings) and the callippe silverspot butterfly are also fascinating visitors of the park.
CORONA HEIGHTS PARK ANNUAL & ONGOING EVENTS
Outside of the frequent dog meet-ups and hiking groups coming together to take in the surroundings, Corona Heights Park does not have as many annual events or ongoing activities as other San Francisco parks do. Below are a few options to consider:
Randall Museum Bird Walk: The Golden Gate Audubon Society sponsors bird walks at Corona Heights in the mornings through Randall Museum, which treats participants to a journey that may involve sighting 30-40 different species of birds on a single trip.
CORONA HEIGHTS PARK WEDDINGS
Although there are no designated facilities to specifically accommodate an indoor or outdoor wedding at Corona Heights Park, there are still ways to incorporate this location into your marriage plans. To get more information and request a free quote, simply fill out the form below:
CORONA HEIGHTS PARK IS LOCATED CLOSE TO…
Primarily accommodating residents in the Castro, Eureka and Noe Valley neighborhoods, there are multiple ways to pass into Corona Heights Park. You could follow the paths found off of 15th or Beaver Streets (on the northeast corner); walk about Roosevelt Way and Museum Way, and head on it through the Randall Museum parking lot (on the northwest corner); take the path located off of States Street (on the south side); or enter via the ends of 16th or Flint Streets (on the southeast corner).
Nearby Castro Street is a popular stop for many Corona Heights Park visitors, who come to indulge in an ice cream cone, shop, and enjoy neighborhood haunts, such as The Castro Theatre. Those walking in the neighborhood may venture off to Duboce Park after visiting Corona Heights. As you cross Castro Street onto 15th Street, you will have hit Duboce Triangle. Turn onto Noe Street, and three blocks away is Duboce Park, where the Harvey Milk Recreational Center, off-leash dog run, playground, and other unique features are found.
As you scan the surrounding greenery from Corona Heights Park, you’ll catch sight of the trees of nearby Buena Vista Park to the northwest. It is here that locals come to enjoy the playground, tennis courts, and an extensive stretch of coast live oak forests – representing some off the last to stand in the city of San Francisco.
If you don’t feel like walking to your next destination, Corona Heights Park is only a few blocks from the Castro MUNI station.
Corona Heights Park Information
Corona Heights Park Location: Roosevelt & Museum Way
GPS Location: Latitude: 37.7649767 * Longitude: -122.4387969
Corona Heights Park Hours: 5 a.m. to Midnight; Restroom Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Corona Heights Park Parking: Street parking on Beaver St.; limited free parking at 15th Street tennis courts; and free parking at Randall Museum (and Museum Way).
Public Transportation for Corona Heights Park: Muni: 37, 24-Divisidero – 15th St. and Castro; Bus 37 to Masonic and Upper Terrace
Corona Heights Park Facility Contact: (415) 254-4299