A Fun Thing: Seward Street Slides
The entire time I lived in San Francisco (which, admittedly was not very long), I had never been or even heard about the Seward Street Slides. But on a long-ago trip to visit my best gals, we found this fun thing.
Tucked away in the Noe Valley neighborhood, there are two steep cement slides surrounded by a small park and community garden. According to Curbed, it was the 1960s and a vacant lot in Noe Valley was being considered for a new 105-unit residential building. The nearby residents organized and protested the disappearance of open space with petitions and letters to city, state and federal officials—they even organized a sit-in. The opposition got their way, effectively leading to city legislation requiring a minimum amount of neighborhood open space.
Even more impressive is that a 14-year-old neighborhood teen designed the double-curved slide, which is part of the park that opened in 1973 and now free to the public.
We spent nearly two hours going up and down the slides—just three grown adult women having the time of their lives. Bring a pizza box for extra fast sliding. And maybe stop at the nearby bodega for a 40 of beer.