Close to the boutiques and restaurants that dot along Hayes Street, this small park in Hayes Valley is the perfect place to take a breather from a long afternoon of shopping. The park is named after Patricia Walkup, a community activist who helped bring about the demolition of the double decker freeway that divided this neighborhood. Amenities at the park include a grass area that’s perfect for a picnic, a playground for children, park benches and tables.
With views of the City Hall dome seen in the distance, the park also currently features a massive six ton, 30 foot salvaged steel sculpture named “Ecstasy”. Created by artists |Dan Das Mann| and |Karen Cusolito|, the sculpture was first displayed at the Burning Man Festival in 2008, and was one of eight pieces from their work Crude Awakening. The sculpture will be on display until the end of December 2010, more information on this work and their other projects can be found at |Black Rock Arts|.