For a little exercise, great views and beautiful tile work, visit The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project in San Francisco. The 163 tiled steps are an extention of Moraga Street between 15th and 16th Avenues, leading to Grand View Park.
The project was started in 2003 and completed in 2005. The design for the steps was created by local SF artists Aileen Barr and Collette Crucher. The San Francisco Parks Trust, now called the San Francisco Parks Alliance, sponsored the project, with the support of the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association.
There are plenty of landings on the stairway for resting on the way up. The 10 to 15 foot wide open space on either side is filled with an interesting variety of plants, donated and planted by many people and groups, including the San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society.
It is kind of amazing to think of the time, effort and cooperation it took to create this project, and still takes to maintain it.
It is worth a trip, or just an easy and fun detour off 19th Avenue if you are passing through.
Factoid: There are more than 1000 public stairways and paved paths in the Bay Area.
posted by Phil Gravitt