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 

Located within John McLaren Park, the Greek-style Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is named after Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia and known for its outstanding acoustics.

Located within John McLaren Park, the Greek-style Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is named after Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia and known for its outstanding acoustics.

Established in 1962, the Gleneagles Golf Course at McLaren Park is undergoing an elaborate renovation.

Established in 1962, the Gleneagles Golf Course at McLaren Park is undergoing an elaborate renovation.

La Grande Tank in McLaren Park is visible from Interstate 280.

La Grande Tank in McLaren Park is visible from Interstate 280.

The Agriculture Garden nurtures seasonal crops and is a source of education about nutrition.

The Agriculture Garden nurtures seasonal crops and is a source of education about nutrition.

The Visitacion Valley Greenway is composed of six publicly owned and community maintained gardens.

The Visitacion Valley Greenway is composed of six publicly owned and community maintained gardens.

Held in the spring, the Visitacion Valley Family Day and Parade is a popular community-building event.

Held in the spring, the Visitacion Valley Family Day and Parade is a popular community-building event.

A renovated branch of the San Francisco Public Library serves Visitacion Valley residents.

A renovated branch of the San Francisco Public Library serves Visitacion Valley residents.

Cow Palace is a large venue that hosts concerts, art expos and other events. 

Cow Palace is a large venue that hosts concerts, art expos and other events.