Parkside is a mostly residential neighborhood located in the southwest region of San Francisco. There is a commercial coordinator on Taraval Street where the light rail system gives Parkside locals access to the downtown San Francisco area. There are many shops, restaurants, and services located in the community. Events such as the Stern Grove Festival held in the park to the southeast and other park activities can be accessed on foot. Residents with pets can walk the streets through residential neighborhoods or access businesses on Taraval Street.
Walking can be hampered by fog and rain in the winter, however, temperatures are moderate even in this off-season. Summer days also frequently experience fog in the morning, and because of Parkside's west side location, fogs may burn off more slowly than in communities further east. However, locals out for early morning walks with their dog may enjoy the cool fog, but be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting damp!
Most of this area is residential with homes that are unique to each other and display varying architectural styles. Most homes are single-family residences. There are many parks and green spaces in the area providing a green oasis in this well developed urban neighborhood. Commercial areas along Taraval Street which runs east to west have more traffic and commercial sectors. A large park lies on the southern border and has large trees that can be seen from residences in the far south region of the community.
The Parkside neighborhood, as the name implies, is beside a large park. Pine Lake Park and Stern Grove are located on the south side of Parkland and this 30-acre nature reserve contains a lake, natural plants and trees, and features walking trails that connect to other area greenways including the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Many migratory birds traveling the “Pacific Flyway” make a stop here on their travels.
There is a large dog-friendly, off-leash area with access to the lake, trails, and clean grassy areas for your dog to romp with other local canines. Make sure you have a good off-leash recall as the area is not fenced. Many special events and concerts associated with this park attract residents and visors.
Parkside Square borders Stern Grove and provides recreation facilities and manicured green lawns for residents while McCoppin Square provides recreational facilities and fields, a playground, and grassy areas to kick back with your pooch.