Sutro Heights Park in San Francisco was at one time the estate of Adolph Sutro, who was mayor of San Francisco in the late 1800's. He turned 22 acres of undeveloped land into a breathtaking public park that everyone was invited to visit and tour for a donation of ten cents. The park had many flowerbeds, Romanistic statues, verdant forests, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Tamalpais, and the Golden Gate Bridge. There was also a plant conservatory while Sutro was in residence.
When the last of the Sutro family died in 1938, the Sutro estate was donated to the city of San Francisco, and the city deemed that the property would become Sutro Heights Park. The species of exotic trees and shrubs and some of the statues remained, but the rest of the garden had been quite neglected. Today, Sutro Heights Park is a wonderful place for a picnic, or just a quiet afternoon. Inquire about special walks led by park rangers and docents to learn more about the plant life and history of Sutro Heights Park.
Address: San Francisco, CA 94121, United States