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The Octagon House (shown here) -- Located at 2645 Gough Street, roughly at the corner of Union and Gough. Open the second Sunday and the second and fourth Thursday of every month from noon until 3:00 p.m. except January. Closed the entire month of January. This is an historic house-museum of colonial decorative arts and documents. Phone: (415)441-7512. No reservations required, free admission.
Allyne Park (pronounced: a-leen) appears to have an entrance on Gough Street but its actual address is on Green. The park's northern edge abuts the Octagon house on Gough. The park is less than an acre (.735 acres) and was acquired by the city of San Francisco in 1965.

This is a garden park with a green area and landscaping but no other facilities to speak of. There are benches for passive recreation, dogs are only allowed on a leash and it is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. although it is not lit at night.
The Golden Gate Valley Branch of the San Francisco Public Library is located at 1801 Green at Octavia.

Modeled on a Roman basilica, it was designed by Ernest Coxhead, built in 1917 and opened the following year. It has a terra cotta glazed stone finish on the exterior with great natural interior light due to its large arched windows.

Closed Sunday and Monday. Open Tuesday 10:00 to 6:00, Wednesday noon to 8:00, Thursday 1:00 to 7:00 and Friday and Saturday from 1:00 to 6:00. Phone (415)292-2195. The web site for the library, which includes the branches, is www.sfpl.org. This particular branch has a neighborhood history file that includes memoirs.

The Moscone Recreation Center A few blocks north on Buchanan at Chestnut is The Moscone Recreation Center, a 12 acre park formerly known as Funston Playground. The park was re-named for the mayor who was murdered in the late 70's.

It has been a park since 1924 and has four baseball diamonds: one hardball, two softball, one dual purpose. Three softball games can be played simultaneously and the city sponsors hundreds of teams in the Rec and Park leagues. There are two seasons, spring and fall, each approximately three months long with play scheduled Monday through Saturday.

The Moscone Rec Center also has four tennis courts, golf putting greens and cages for practicing your golf swing. There is a gymnasium with a full basketball court complete with bleachers as well as rooms that are used for a variety of arts and crafts. Everything is free. For more information phone (415) 753-7022 or visit their web site: www.parks.sfgov.org.

Good Times to Visit: Twice a year Union Street is closed to vehicle traffic for special events along the corridor between Gough and Pierce Streets.

The Union Street merchant's association hosts an Easter Parade and Festival on Easter Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The street is closed from Gough to Fillmore and lined with crafts, food and game booths. The Easter Bunny will be there as well as live bunnies in the petting zoo. There is an Easter bonnet contest and a parade that starts at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Union Street Arts Festival features live music, street performers, arts and craft booths, a waiter's race and lots of food make for an entertaining and casual day. Admission is free.