Guide to San Francisco's Salesforce Park
There’s always a reason to look up in San Francisco, and the Salesforce Transit Center proved it when it opened its rooftop Salesforce Park. This urban park has become a new anchor for downtown. Stretching over nearly 4 blocks, this 5.4-acre rooftop park features a beautiful landscape with 600 trees, 16,000 plants arranged in various parts of the park, and a linear fountain.
About Salesforce Park
The main plaza of Salesforce Park features an oculus surrounded by a bamboo grove. This open space is a perfect place for people to come and play. There is also a walkable glass floor that is the largest of its kind in the U.S. The main plaza also hosts special events once the sun goes down, such as silent disco nights and swing dancing.
Located at the west end of the park, this amphitheater holds up to 1,000 people on its grassy lawn. It's also a great place for a variety of activities, including free yoga classes, concerts and movie nights under the stars.
A fun feature of the park is this interactive permanent public art installation, a fountain specifically created to correspond with the comings and goings of the buses within the terminal below. Built with more than 1,200 feet of white and gray granite, this contemporary design is one of the world’s longest water artworks.
Children’s Play Area
Located between the central lawn and the main plaza is a children's play area, featuring a climbing rope frame on a spongy protective flooring. After romping and frolicking in the play structure, children are free to borrow a book from the Children's Reading Room for impromptu story time, or grab a board game from the game cart.
The perimeter of the park is a walking trail that spans half a mile. Along the trail are 13 small botanical gardens with flora and fauna representing different regions of the world.
This might not be your normal mode of transportation to a rooftop park, but it sure offers a much more scenic ride than the average elevator or escalator. This one-way gondola ride that takes you from ground level to the park operates 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (May 1-Oct. 31) and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (Nov. 1-Apr. 30), and is free of charge.
Summer Hours (May 1- Oct. 31): 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Winter Hours (Nov. 1 - Apr. 30): 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Seasonal Events at Salesforce Park
Mondays: Zumba (5:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
Tuesdays: Toddler Tuesday (10 - 11 a.m.); HIIT Bootcamp (5:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
Wednesdays: Games Meetup (First Wednesdays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.)
Thursdays: Express Bootcamp (12 - 12:30 p.m.); Core + Stretch Express (12:30 - 1 p.m.)
Fridays: Lunchbox Music (12 - 1 p.m.)
Saturdays: Weekend Urban Kick (12:30 - 1:15 p.m.)
Sundays: Yoga (2 - 3 p.m.)
Daily Events: Reading Room, Children's Reading Room, Games Cart, Art Cart (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Special Events: Fun, Drum Circles (2nd Mondays, 12 - 1:30 p.m.); Swing in the Sky (4th Fridays, 5 - 7 p.m.); Salsa & Bachata Dancing (2nd Fridays, 6 - 8 p.m.)
Events are subject to change based on availability and/or weather, so be sure to look at the Salesforce Park Calendar for the most up-to-date information on upcoming events.
How to Get to Salesforce Park
Because it's conveniently located atop Salesforce Transit Center, Salesforce Park is fairly easy to get to, especially if you're taking public transportation to and around the city. While parking garages and street parking are available, we highly recommend using public transportation.
If you're taking BART into the city, you can exit at either the Embarcadero station or Montgomery St. station, both of which are just one block north of the park.
Various Muni bus lines also make stops inside the Salesforce Transit Center. These include: 5 Fulton, 5R Fulton Rapid, 7 Haight/Noriega, 10 Townsend, 12 Folsom/Pacific, 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 14X Mission Express, 25 Treasure Island, 38 Geary, and 38R Geary Rapid.
You can also take all Muni light rail lines (J, K, L, M, N, or T) to the Embarcadero or Montgomery St. stations, which are just one block north of the park.
Rooftop dining is coming soon to Salesforce Park. Here are just a few of the delicious options you'll soon be able to sample.
Pasta served in a block of cheese, please! Acquolina (meaning "mouthwatering" in Italian) will bring their popular signature dish to Salesforce Park. Also on their menu are a variety of delicious pizzas and Tuscan-inspired comfort foods, making for a great spot to grab a casual lunch or filling dinner.
Another addition to the Salesforce Park is Charley’s, a Philly cheesesteak chain restaurant. Known for their fresh signature Philly Steaks and subs, Charley's is a great spot to get a quick and tasty sandwich. Their freshly-squeezed lemonade is also a must-try.
This luxury confectionary will serve delicious treats with bold and unexpected flavors.
The menu will include bar food, seasonal salads, handmade pastas and flatbreads, with free high range quality meats and seafood.
This Thai inspired restaurant has a menu with a wide selection of different foods. Choices range from vegetarian to vegan, seafood, poultry and meat, as well as noodles or rice.
Venga Empanadas is a South American-inspired restaurant, best known for their variety of meat and veggie empanadas. Originating in the Mission, visitors will soon be able to take home a fresh box of empanadas and other Argentine specialty foods from their Salesforce Park location.