Sure, there are heatwave days worthy of a Dolores Park headache, days you want to get shwasted instead of going to work. But for every other sunny day devoted to reading 50 Shades of Grey undisturbed, packing a romantic picnic, or playing croquet with your posse, try Precita Park.
Precita Park on Folsom (past Cesar Chavez) is underrated. Sometimes I walk down there and wonder why it's not packed like Dolo probably is that same day. Perhaps it's not in the center of the Mission, but this tiny park is going places. The park hosts outdoor movie nights. There's three cafes surrounding the block of grass, including Precita Park Cafe that just opened in December. All three spots offer food, refreshments, and usually trust non-customers to use the bathrooms.