Glen Park is nestled at the southeastern edge of San Francisco’s central hills. It includes the easternmost peak in that range, known as Fairmount Heights or Billy Goat Hill, as well as the south and east slopes. The neighborhood’s streets follow the hill’s contours down to a small commercial district (“downtown Glen Park”) at the intersection of Chenery and Diamond streets.
The neighborhood borders Diamond Heights and Noe Valley to the north, along 30th Street; Bernal Heights to the east, along San Jose Avenue; and Outer Mission to the south, along Bosworth Street. To the west, the ravine at Glen Canyon Park is the source of upper Islais Creek, which historically flowed through the Glen Park neighborhood (parallel to Chenery and Bosworth) on its way to the San Francisco Bay.
Glen Park developed as a streetcar suburb beginning in the 1890s, after the San Francisco and San Mateo Electric Railway opened access to southern areas of the city. Because of Glen Park’s small size and mom and pop businesses, the neighborhood is sometimes described as having a village atmosphere. Public spaces include Walter Haas Playground, Billy Goat Hill Park, and Fairmont Plaza.