Strolling down the west side of Hyde Street between Green and Vallejo, observant walkers will notice the curious “Mini Park” sign along the curb. Take note: this nondescript brown sign indicates the presence of something special.
Tucked between two residential buildings in the middle of the block, the Hyde/Vallejo Mini-Park is an unexpected discovery. The view from the street is enticing, and worth a closer look.
The pathway gradually stair-steps several feet down from street level along a row of trees and well-tended landscaping. When you reach the bottom you’ll find yourself in a hushed enclave.
This small park is creatively designed. Benches are built into the perimeter wall, and there is even a raised space for impromptu performances. After a rainstorm, blossoms cover the cement in a fragrant and colorful carpet.
The Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of this 25x125-foot lot in 1971 from a private owner to create one of the city's early mini-parks. There used to be a tepee on the property for kids to play in, but we’re not sure where it went.
Fortunately, the pink cement pig is still here:
Treat yourself to ice cream from Swensen’s down the street, and delight in this hidden sanctuary.
Getting There: Catch the Powell-Hyde Cable Car to Hyde and Vallejo, or the 19 bus to Polk and Vallejo. Parking is onstreet. This park is not wheelchair accessible.