Friday, August 31, 2007
Julius Kahn Playground
Occasionally the sheer natural beauty of coastal California jumps up and figuratively smacks me upside the head.
It happened again on a hot Wednesday morning in the decommissioned Presidio army base...
...near the fancy neighborhood known as Presidio Heights.
The Julius Kahn playground there is a hidden jewel that is host to a small softball field that's more often used as a children's soccer pitch or as a place to play under sprinklers with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop.
The playground also has a small community center, a children's playground, a basketball court, and four tennis courts for public recreation.
On certain weekday mornings, I join a group of mostly Asian seniors who play doubles tennis with their own idiosyncratic rules. Each set consists of four games, switch sides after two, with all disagreements quickly over because no set lasts very long. It can be a slice of heaven.