New San Francisco playground will have drop-dead gorgeous city views

Stunning vistas from atop towering structures are a specialty in San Francisco, whether you’re heading to the top of Salesforce Tower, the Mark Hopkins or the tower at the De Young Museum. And now, the city is about to get a new outlook — one that will be especially appreciated by the youngsters in your group.

McLaren Park, the city’s third-biggest park, behind Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, is undergoing a major playground renovation that includes a large net climbing structure which will offer children, and perhaps a few intrepid parents/guardians, extraordinary vistas from the southern end of the city.

Related: Jerry Day is McLaren Park’s annual tribute to the Grateful Dead legend born and raised in the Excelsior.

According to project documents, the renovation will also include boulders and timbers to scamper around on as part of the new play area. It’s approximately ¾ of an acre in size and located on Shelley Drive within the park. The neighborhoods closest to the playground are the Excelsior and Portola.

The project is one of 13 playgrounds across the city being renovated as part of the Let’s Play SF! Initiative and is budgeted at $3.65 million. The former playground originally built in the early 1980s was removed due to safety concerns about the lumber.

Look at the schematic drawings above to see the project that is expected to be completed in the second half of 2019.

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