1. By trevor
    December 31, 2009 at 11:32 am | permalink

    For the Chronicle records: this hill is officially known as Magic Mountain. Don’t know what decade it was named, but I’ll assume 60s or 70s.

  2. By Mary Morgan
    January 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm | permalink

    (Note: Chronicle reader Mae Sander emailed us this observation – and said that I could post it here):

    Did you say you saw kids sledding at a “small hill” in Burns Park? Surely you mean the Magic Mountain – that’s the one by the tennis courts. Legend has it that in the early 1920s when the old race track was disestablished, the earthen rise in the middle of the race track was piled up, and the authorities said they would come back and haul it away. Never happened. Still have Magic Mountain. Still have an oval of trees around a flat middle, though the elms had to be replaced with other trees. I bet some of the kindergartners still think it’s really a mountain – and really magic.

    One more story: my daughter went to Burns Park School and always called it “Magic Mountain.” Her husband is from Bavaria. He thought he was going to see a mountain (like the Alps). And was very amused the first time he visited and saw her former school.