Parks To Explore in the Greater Ingleside Neighborhood

The best parks and open spaces to take in scenic views and immerse yourself in the outdoors.

Aptos Park is frequented by dog walkers. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Take a moment to breathe in fresh air when you visit these lively parks in the greater Ingleside neighborhood.

Whether you want a moment to yourself or to gather with friends and family, one of these parks will serve your needs. From children's play structures to breathtaking city views, these outdoor spaces have it all.

All can be accessed by bus and light rail, and most of them are also within walking distance from each other. No matter where you are in the neighborhood, getting to them is a breeze.

So be a tourist in your own backyard. Stay local and rediscover hidden gems in the neighborhood.

Here's where to find them.

Aptos Park
Aptos Park has a field and a playground. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Aptos Park

147 Aptos Ave. | Visit Website
This open space park is equipped with any park-goer's needs. It features a worn-in baseball diamond, a kid's play structure, a tennis court and a huge recreational field. It is located directly behind Aptos Middle School. There are tables and benches and public restrooms. The park is perfect for a nice stroll along its concrete path that wraps around the baseball field before exiting you towards the staircase.

Skate park
Balboa Park has a popular skating park among many other features. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Balboa Park

Ocean and San Jose avenues | Visit Website
This park has everything someone who wants to spend the day outside could dream of. It has four baseball diamonds, two children's playgrounds, a tennis court, one basketball court, one soccer field, one skatepark and a recently renovated indoor pool. There are also several sitting areas and restrooms placed throughout and the San Francisco Police Department’s Ingleside Station. It’s also home to Boxer Stadium which is known for hosting soccer and rugby games. This lively and energetic park is perfect to get your body moving.

Randolph-Bright Mini Park is perfect for small children. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside LightV

Randolph-Bright Mini Park

Corner of Randolph and Bright streets | Visit Website
This small and quaint park holds a small kids play structure and a soft dirt recreation area. There's one bench and a small staircase as well. Though it is on the small side, it can be ideal for gatherings.

Basketball court
Brotherhood-Head Mini Park has a basketball court. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Brotherhood-Head Mini Park

Brotherhood Way and Head Street | Visit Website
This medium-sized park has one children's play structure that lays on top of a floor of black rubber tiles and has a basketball court adjacent to it. It also has benches located throughout. There is a dirt paved path that leads to Sisterhood Gardens that is also located in the Brotherhood Way Open Space.

Merced Heights Playground has been recently upgraded. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Merced Heights Playground

801 Shields Street | Visit Website
This clubhouse is home to the Youth 1st, a nonprofit that offers a year-round academic program. The recreational play areas attached to the building include one basketball court, two tennis courts and a huge kids play structure that is equipped with a slide, climbing activities, swings and more. It also has several areas throughout for people to sit. Each element to this park is tightly packed with each section being within feet of each other. It is also a part of San Francisco’s Let’sPlaySF initiative to restore 13 worn down parks across the city.

Community Garden
Brooks Park has a natural space and a community garden. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Brooks Park

Entrances: Ramsell Street and Arch and Vernon streets | Visit Website
From tables and benches to many chances to take in breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, this large park has a lot to offer. It has a small children’s play structure equipped with swings and sand. Adjacent to it, is the Brook’s Park community garden which is filled with several varieties of herbs and vegetables. It also has a concrete court with a few benches. Near the center of the park is a barbeque pit which is accompanied by tables, benches and a trash can. There is also a stonewall to sit and admire the view and dirt paths to explore the many entrances of this park.

Craggy rock
Lakeview & Ashton Mini Park has sweeping views. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Lakeview & Ashton Mini Park

Orizaba Avenue and Shields streets | Visit Website
Located at the top of Orizaba Avenue and Shields Street is an immersive hilltop park boasting 360-degree views. Dirt trails lead to the summit of rocks and boulders that you can, carefully, walk on to get the ultimate view of the city from all angles. Native wildflowers and plants hug the windblown landscape known by locals as the Orizaba Rocky Outcrop.

A map showing the plans for the Balboa Reservoir. | Courtesy AvalonBay Communities

Coming Soon: Reservoir Park

Adjacent to the City College of San Francisco | Visit Website
The Balboa Reservoir development's plans include a large central park. Two acres in size, it will be surrounded by 1,100 residential units right across from City College and not far from Ocean Avenue. Based on the project proposal drawings, it will have large lawns, ornamental landscaping, rain and community gardens, a pavilion and a kids play structure.

Updated Oct. 1, 2023

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