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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Slide Into the New Year at the Seward Street Slides

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Slide into childhood bliss! - JUAN DE ANDA/ SF WEEKLY
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We're on the cusp of 2015, and while you may have several hopes and a few resolutions for the new chapter with 365 blank pages, there's one we think everyone should try to embrace in the new year — try to have a little fun. Although we can't make any promises of how much fun 2015 will bring you, this week's Tourism for Locals will take you to a place that, for even the briefest of moments, will give you a cheap thrill. Take a trip — and a piece of cardboard — to The Seward Street Slides.

Two long, steep concrete slides are the main attraction at this San Francisco playground, but these slides are not for tiny-tots, nor the faint of heart. Designed by a local teenager — 14-year-old Kim Clark, who won a competition put on by sculptor Ruth Asawa — they were built in the 1960s, and have been a thrill, and landmark of neighborhood activism, ever since.

Almost 40 years ago, the vacant lot where this park is now location, was in consideration for a new 105-unit residential building. The neighborhood, which was mostly full of low-scale houses, began a campaign of petitions and letters to the City, state and federal officials, complete with a sit-in during the developer's last day to begin work. Ultimately, the neighborhood prevailed and transformed the lot into a public park for locals in 1973.

Open to the general public between sunrise to sunset, the slides are located at 70 Corwin St.  So go ahead, and slide blissfully into the new year! You know you want to!

Happy New Year from all of us here at SF Weekly!
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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?

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