In partnership with the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project, I’ve conducted history walks in Sunnyside since 2015. There are currently three different Sunnyside walks, each with different subject matter, routes, and photos. Space is limited on all walks. Reserve your spot now: 

Upcoming Sunnyside History Walks:

  • Saturday 13 October 2018 / The Southern Boundaries of Sunnyside: The Wild 1890s, the Jail Next Door, and the Making of City College. (11am-1pm) On this two-mile walk, hear about the neighborhood’s rough beginnings; the county jail complex nestled up next to houses; the Southern Pacific Octopus’s grip on Sunnyside; founding of City College; the WWII Navy base; the massive reservoir that was never filled; architectural features of Mohr’s Subdivision; and the forest at the end of the road. Level: moderate with hills and dirt paths.
  • Sunday 18 November 2018 / Sunnyside: The Early Years. (11am-1pm) Find out what life was like at the turn of the century: Where did the lost creek once flow; the first school in a cottage; the huge coal-fired power plant that ran San Francisco’s first electric streetcar; stories from early families; the inventor who built the Conservatory. Photos and stories available nowhere else. Level: easy.
  • Sunday 16 December 2018 / The Northern Boundaries of Sunnyside: Dairy Cows, Early Speculators and Activists, and the Steepest Parks in the City. (11am-1pm) On this two-mile walk , hear stories from the north edges; how our two parks were built; a tragic landslide disaster; the never-built streets laid out by the land speculators who created Sunnyside; and dairy farming on the edge of civilization. Level: strenuous with hills. RAIN CANCELS WALK.
  • Saturday 12 January 2019 / Monumental, Inspiring, and Rooted in History: The Public Art of City College of San Francisco. (10am – 12:45pm) This walk will take you to all the major public artworks at City College, works that reveal its unique and inspiring history. Science and a faith in progress were brought together with art to give birth to the college; the legacy is a wealth of public artworks on campus. Aside from the famous mural by Diego Rivera, Pan-American Unity, most San Franciscans don’t know about these treasures. Meet at the foot of Science Hall steps, 50 Phelan Ave/Frida Kahlo Way. (Transit: Muni line 43, 29, 8, 49, and K; Balboa Park BART.) Level: Moderate with several stairs.
  • [Date to be announced] / A Walk Down Mid-Century Monterey Boulevard. (11am–1pm) On this one-mile walk, explore the past of Sunnyside’s main drag. Learn about the shops, businesses, and restaurants that once lined our commercial district, from the 1920s to the 1980s; mom-and-pop businesses from beauty salons to empanadas, the growth of Safeway, and how things changed. Hear stories collected from longtime residents, see photos available nowhere else. Level: easy.

Suggested Minimum Donation $10 for all walks, which helps support future GPNHP programming–or join the GPNHP ($15 per year) and receive a pass to attend the walking tour that day. is a partner of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project, which sponsors other local walks

A coal-fired power plant in Sunnyside? History walk guide Amy O'Hair explains. Photo courtesy Bill Wilson
A coal-fired power plant in Sunnyside? History walk guide Amy O’Hair explains, on “Early Years” walk. Photo courtesy Bill Wilson
The park few know about: Dorothy Erskine Park, at the north boundary of Sunnyside. Its history is covered on “Beating the Bounds” walk. Photo courtesy James Ansbro.



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