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Corona Heights Park

Shaped like the satanic hand-sign guys make at Metallica concerts, the rocky outcropping called Devil's Chair sits atop Corona Heights Park between the Castro and Buena Vista Park. Below it to the south is the Randall Museum; to the north, a fenced-in off-leash area for dogs. High atop the rocks the canines meander unfettered, and the view is spectacular, stretching across the bay to the east. Lovers huddle against the brisk wind, pointing out city landmarks to each other, and the windows downtown blaze pink at sunset. For animal lovers it's one of the friendliest spots to see the cityscape -- even as the city becomes less friendly to dogs.

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