Alta Plaza Park

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This 12-acre hilltop park is reached by scaling the grand staircase on its southern side. (Fun fact: the stairway was damaged when a VW was driven down it during the filming of the slapstick Barbara Streisand flick What's Up, Doc.) The site, a former quarry, served as a campsite for those displaced by the 1906 earthquake. Today, the four square blocks provide a pretty perch for the Pac Heights crowd (and their pups) to lounge. The raised site overlooks the Marina, Cow Hollow, the Presidio and Fort Mason and is surrounded by picturesque homes. Apart from trails and expanses of lawn, the park includes a playground, basketball court, tennis courts and an off-leash dog play area. Stop by the first Sunday of every month for Pug Sunday, an enthusiastic meeting of dozens of pugs and their owners.

By: Lauren Sheber

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Venue name: Alta Plaza Park
Address: Jackson St at Steiner St, Pacific Heights
San Francisco

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