This walk was held in conjunction with the Bernal Historic Project.
Two decades ago, activists in Bernal Heights decided to turn a steep, empty lot at Winfield and Esmeralda streets into a minipark. With the help of then-Mayor George Moscone, the city donated time and money to the neighborhood effort, which involved turning the space into a garden spot with spectacular views of the western slopes of the city.
The slide was the cornerstone of the project, a twin, 42-foot sloping, steel structure that could get a kid with a cardboard sheet temporarily airborne. When the park was dedicated in 1979, photographers were on hand to capture the ever-cool Mayor Dianne Feinstein shrieking as she went flying down the chute.