OLLI Hikers - Lakeside, Ingleside Terraces, & Westwood Park
A TRIO OF HISTORIC RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS
With OLLI Hikers Janis Gomes & Linda Liebelt
Thursday February 23 at 10:30 am until approximately 1:00 pm (Hike will be rescheduled if it rains)
This walk will lead us through three of the planned residential communities located near the southern border of San Francisco. All of them were developed during the first ½ of the 20th century, mainly between the years 1930 through the end of the 1950’s. Important names associated with them include Harold Stoner, the lead architect for these and many other residential neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks (such as Balboa Terrace, St Francis Wood, & Forest Hill). We highly recommend the biography of Harold Stoner by OLLI member Jacquie Proctor. The title is Bay Area Beauty: The Artistry of Harold G. Stoner, Architect. Also important to this story were the Stoneson Brothers, who developed Stonestown shopping mall and Lakeside.
During today’s tour, though, we’ll just enjoy the attractive streets, homes, parks, common areas, landscaping, medians, plus (we hope, weather permitting!) 360 degrees worth of magnificent views of the City from one of its magnificent southern peaks.
This is not a very difficult hike. It should take @ 2-21/2 hours, from 10:30 AM to approximately 1 pm. There is very little off trail walking on rough terrain, except the short portions uphill in Brooks Park. Most of the walk is along paved streets that are mostly level or have a gentle incline. One short portion up to Brooks Park is quite steep, both up and downhill. We recommend dressing in layers; wearing good walking shoes that have good soles; and even bringing walking poles if you regularly use them. You might also want to bring a water bottle.
THE HIKE BEGINS @ LEONARD LIBRARY @ SFSU CAMPUS, NEAR THE PEET’S COFFEE STAND. THE HIKE ENDS AT THE MERCED BRANCH OF THE SFPUBLIC LIBRARY ON WINSTON X 19TH AVE. The only Restroom and water stops will be at these two locations only.
There is very limited parking here, because A WHOLE LOT of it is time limited @ 2 hours max. Parking @ Stonestown is also problematic because the “Parking Police” patrol the area regularly. Wherever anyone parks, they should pay attention to the Time Limits signs, also to street cleaning days.
Suggestion: arrive a bit early, and park along the highway portion ONLY of Junipero Serra Blvd, but NOT, I repeat NOT, ON THE FRONTAGE ROAD of Junipero Serra Blvd (the residential side) because all streets bordering Holloway in Lakeside have either one or 2 hour time limits! There are NO parking limits on the highway side of the Boulevard, except on street cleaning days.
The area @ Stonestown & SFState U is well served by public transit. The #M Muni Metro line stops right across the street, at the Stonestown stop on Winston/19th Ave. Also, the street buses #17, #28, #29 all make stops at Stonestown and SFSU. One can also walk down to the meeting place by taking the #K line to Ocean Avenue & Cerritos, exiting the bus at Aptos playground and walking west towards Stonestown.
Dining options post-walking tour are plentiful. Easiest places to get to are at Stonestown, or over at Lakeside Village on Ocean Avenue (my fave is the Ambrosia bakery & café which serves a light lunch, plus nice coffees and pastries). Of course, there are also some eateries on the SFSU campus. Additionally, there are also many options to dine along Ocean Ave and in West Portal.
Link to route: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/346199