Visitation Valley, sometimes referred to as “Viz Valley,” is a quiet, community-minded neighborhood in the midst of positive change. Located in the southeastern portion of San Francisco, the area takes its name from Rancho Canada de Guadalupe la Visitacion y Rodeo Viejo, an enormous parcel of land that included Brisbane and the Bayshore district of Daly City. The gem of the area is McLaren Park, which offers residents plentiful green space, a music venue, and a golf course, as well as serving as a home base for community building. Residents here are indeed focused on improving their neighborhood, hosting events such as the Visitacion Valley Family Day and Parade and building community parks and gardens, specifically the six that comprise the Visitation Valley Greenway.
In addition to McLaren Park, Visitation Valley is home to a couple of smaller playgrounds and a renovated branch of the San Francisco Library. The neighborhood eagerly awaits the start of a major development plan that will include new housing, a public park, and a museum at the site of the former Schlage Lock Co. factory. Residents are hoping this revitalization effort will pump new life into its main commercial strip, Leland Avenue, which will be extended into the new downtown area. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso