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this post brings back fond memories for me too. I was a bit young for playland at the beach but I remember the ice skating rink and doggy diner.

Paul Vineyard

I lived in Gatorville in the early 60s when I was a little kid. In fact, we lived upstairs where you see the yellow railing right behind you guys. Unfortunately we don't have any pictures of the place. If you have any more pictures of Gatorville that you could post I would really appreciate it!

Paul Vineyard

Forgot to mention that I also attended Frederick Burk school - the best school I ever went to! Used to shop at Stonestown and walk to Fleishacker Zoo once in a while. Also visited Playland-At The-Beach many times. Loved playing in the funhouse - especially that long slide - and vividly remember Laughin' Sal.


Dave and Paul, thanks for commenting. I love hearing other San Franciscan memories. SF was a great place to be a kid.


Wow, I used to live in the SF Bay Area, from early 60's to early 80's, moving away after I graduated for Cal. Some of the places you mention, I remember as kid. Thanks for bringing back some fond memories.


I also grew up in SF in the 70's and lived in Gatorville between 1970 and 1974. I went to Frederick Burke for Kindergarten, but then for some reason I was bussed to Farragut (on Holloway) for 1st and 2nd grade, then I went to Lakeshore for 3rd!

Gatorville was so much fun as a kid! So much room to run around and tons of kids to play with... I lived in the front row accross from the playground from this pic. Anyone remember the sand hill in the back with the step ladders, caves and slides?


Hi Michelle,

Wow. We lived there at the same time. I was there from about 1973 to 1976. We must've known each other. We both have the same names. I went to Frederick Burke and Farragut, too. Yes, I remember the caves and sliding down the dirt hill behind the Gatorville apartments.

Thanks for writing!


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