Steps from your door at One Mission Bay, the Mission Bay Park system includes a variety of unique pocket parks, open pathways and nook and cranny green spaces to accommodate an active lifestyle open daily from sunrise to 10PM. The pocket parks of Mission Bay offer something for everyone! Athletes and recreation lovers will enjoy the high-quality sporting facilities including courts for basketball, sand volleyball and tennis. A boat launch for water craft access to Mission Creek, McCovey Cove and the Bay is just steps from your front door. Outdoor enthusiasts and bird watchers love kayak and paddling classes offered by the UCSF Outdoors Program that depart from Mission Creek Park’s kayak launch. In 2016, MBP will also include Mariposa Park, an expansive sun-drenched lawn and a trellis-shaded plaza across from the UCSF Benioff Children’s hospital where people of all ages can play and relax.

Did you know? Mission Bay Parks is home to the only sand volleyball court in San Francisco.

Mission Creek Park is truly a featured gem in the MBP system with over 10 acres of rolling grass lawns and a tree-lined esplanade. It’s the perfect place to experience open spaces and green places with nature, city and creek views.

Mission Bay Parks gives us the inside scoop on the best spot for wildlife viewing: “The 5th Street Overlook on the Mission Creek Esplanade is a great spot to view wildlife. You can see cormorants, seagulls, egrets, the occasional pelican, sea lions, manta rays and more!”

Mission Bay Commons is a two-block rectangular stretch of grassy areas bookended by stately coastal redwoods and is a favorite place for lunch, lounging, meet-ups, casual sports and on-leash dog walking.

The Dog Park play area on Berry Street allows your four-legged friends to run free! The fenced park features an expansive gravel play area, trees and seating areas. There are water fountains for humans and dogs alike. Bags and containers to dispose of dog waste help keep the dog park a clean, safe place to play.

The Children’s Park recently opened, featuring colorful interactive play zones and the perfect picnic spot just one block south of Channel Street. Enjoy a fenced playground for jumping, climbing, swinging, sliding and bouncing, plus a natural play zone. The natural play zone showcases logs, earth mounds, boulders, sand and water, grass, a willow hut and arches, carved sculptures and redwood trunk benches. The park is handicap accessible both for disabled parents and disabled kids. No furry friends are allowed in this park, but that’s okay because Fido has his own playground on Berry Street at the dedicated dog park.