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People from around the globe love San Francisco for its many beautiful, historical and entertaining tourist attractions — but locals love it for all its fantastic neighborhoods, and Glen Park is right up there with the best. For its relatively small size and humble, village-like vibe, this neighborhood sure offers a lot.
Glen Canyon Park offers some of the city’s most accessible rock formations, with steep slopes and reddish Franciscan chert outcroppings that attract many of the city’s boulder climbers. Bouldering, also known as 'pebble wrestling' among enthusiasts, is a thrilling activity that attracts plenty of attention. The athletes use only brute strength, grace, and balance to ease their way up the massive, rounded stone — not to mention an insane amount of fearlessness. There are no harnesses and only crash pads on the ground and trusted partners to cushion their fall from as high as 30 feet. They’re attracted to the park as one of the only places in the city to access boulders in their natural, outdoor setting. That popularity may only increase in the future, as an increasing number of indoor bouldering and rock climbing gyms offer the opportunity to master the fun and exerting way to stay fit.
Take a walk into the past with the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project, and experience the region the way locals, pioneers, and even outlaws did generations ago.
Back in the bustling 1850s of San Francisco, anywhere southwest of Twin Peaks was considered a no-man’s land — an undeveloped boondocks. There were very few roads, each requiring long, exhausting, uncomfortable, and treacherous wagon or carriage rides. Given its inaccessibility, the area became a refuge for outlaws. But 10 years later, it also became home to four dairy farms. From the late 1860s to the turn of the century, there was a gradual increase in the number of new homesteads. The next step in the development of Glen Park was the introduction of rail service to San Jose in January 1864. That’s when things really started rolling. Learn all about the exciting history of Glen Park by signing up for a history walk with such titles as ‘Bovines, Dynamite, and High-Flying Shows: The Amazing History of Glen Canyon Park.’ Cows ruminating; chemists concocting; elk ranging; aeronauts parachuting; and activists protecting… all this and more comprise the amazing history of Glen Canyon Park.
Tours fill up quickly, so reserve at GlenParkHistory@gmail.com or +1 415 584 1498.