Lakeside Landing

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Lakeside Landing is a community space created in 2020 by temporarily closing an under-utilized parking lot at 2504 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. The goal is to attract new shoppers and encourage families to enjoy Lakeside Village

Lakeside Landing features an octopus mural by resident artist Mike Ritch, Nature Exploration Area for kids and landscaping by Climate Action Now! alongside many family-friendly amenities such as a stage, picnic tables, Giant Chess, and Edible Garden.

With support from SFMTA, Lakeside Landing was funded by our District 7 Supervisor, Community Challenge Grant, SFPUC community garden grant, Light Up The City, SF Planning, GroundPlay, and many public, private, and corporate donors including Capital Group. 

To book the large open area for an event or activity and to learn more about Lakeside Landing, please read on!

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Learn more about the natural world at Lakeside Landing!

Giant Pacific Octopus

California Fuchsia

Cleveland Sage


Who is Ophelia?

Lakeside Landing’s Ophelia mural, painted by artist Mike Ritch, @MikeRitch, has a much happier life than the character in William Shakespeare’s drama, Hamlet! She is a Giant Pacific Octopus, recognizable by her typical red color. She inhabits the northern Pacific Ocean off the coast of the United States and has special pigment cells that allow her to change color and blend with her surroundings. The largest individual on record weighed 600 pounds and measured 30 feet in length! She is extremely intelligent and has been observed opening jars and mimicking other species.

Can you find the Dinosaur Garden?

Over 175 million years ago during the Jurassic period, our planet had five times the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere compared with today. More greenhouse gases resulted in higher temperatures and extreme weather. Among the lush forests of conifers, fern trees, and cycads, many new dinosaurs emerged. There were no flowers because flowers didn’t evolve until much later. At Lakeside Landing, see if you can find the tiny Dinosaur Garden by spotting the Kauri pine tree, tree ferns, and cycads. All are a throwback to the Jurassic time of dinosaurs!

What is a pollinator? Which plants do they love?

A pollinator is an animal that helps carry pollen from one flower to another to fertilize a plant so that it makes fruits, seeds, and young plants. Over 80% of the world’s flowering plants require a pollinator to reproduce. Pollinators include insects such as bees, birds such as hummingbirds, and mammals such as bats. Every plant in the community garden along Junipero Serra was chosen because pollinators eat their pollen and nectar. Look for the red tubular flowers for happy hummingbirds! Look for the blue, purple and yellow flowers for generalists such as bees and butterflies. And look for the white flowers for our nocturnal flying mammal friends, the bats. Can you spot the pollinators and their partner plants in the garden?

Did you know? The plants at Lakeside Landing can survive in very dry places. These Climate-Adapted plants are tolerant of California’s dry summers, storing and using the water received during winter months strategically throughout the year. Using water efficiently is better for our planet.

Did you know? The curbs around the community garden are reclaimed from San Francisco city projects. Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling is better for our planet because it helps us save natural resources. What are different ways that you recycle or reuse items in your home?

Did you know? Replacing pavement with plants that store carbon dioxide makes our climate healthier. Plants don’t work alone! Billions of soil microorganisms (like fungi and bacteria) capture greenhouse gases. Living soil is a “carbon sink”. Compost at home to help fight climate change!

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