Filipino emigrant Demetrio Braceros decided to turn a seedy, crime-ridden park into a whimsical experience filled with imaginary wooden creatures and totem poles. And after deciding to do that, he actually did it. 20 years later, it's still what MacNiven calls "one of San Francisco's most precious secrets".
Joe Starkey is Thrillist's San Francisco editor, but credits basically all of this piece to Tyler MacNiven -- the host of SF Secrets, former The Amazing Race contestant, and co-owner of West of Pecos (which is delicious). Check out his site here.