- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
See Seward Street Slides
Bring your own cardboard to the slippery slopes of concrete hidden in a neighborhood park.
Signs reading “No adults unless accompanied by a child” accompany two lanes of slippery downhill slides tucked away in a residential neighborhood park.
Built in the 1960s and designed by a local teenager, the slides are actually a triumph of neighborhood activism. In 1963, the land that the Corwin Community Garden and Seward Mini-Park sits on was a vacant lot slated for development. Local residents and growing families from nearby streets organized and protested the disappearance of open space, and fought development for a decade, including staging a desperate bulldozer-defying sit-in in 1966.
In the end, the locals triumphed and turned the lot into a park which opened in 1973. Their efforts also contributed to changing city legislation now requiring a minimum amount of open space in new development projects.
The slides are surrounded by a small park and California native plant garden and are open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.