Because of this park, the adjacent neighborhoods surrounding was named Glen Park. This area back in the day was named no man's land, and that no one should go because there were no roads, and it very hard to travel too. The railroad in 1864 brought in rail service to develop the land. This brought in more farming around in the area. By then, many farmers took over the land surrounding Glen Canyon and some even in the area. Those living there now will notice a lot of Eucalyptus trees. The Wilson milk ranch farmers planted these trees to stop windbreak at their farm. A.S Baldwin is the person to blame on creating this neighborhood. He had a great idea to bring attraction. He tried to make popularity to the fact that there could be an amusement park, a zoo, bowling alley, and other popular attraction across the canyon. Many developers and engineers sketched out a plan, but due to an earthquake, the plan was never carried out. With the idea to build a city, he was successful overall. Sales were not booming at first because people did not like the idea of people walking over their land to get to Glen Canyon Park. A big earthquake that caused a fire would soon boom the production of sales. People left the inner city to this area around Glen Canyon. He is successful in bringing knowledge of the park to other people. It brought advocacy to the wildlife and helped people appreciate it today.
In 1922 the San Francisco Recreation and Parks got the property and turned it into a playground. They did this to protect the land for future purposes. In the 1930-1960s many improvements were made to this park. Bridges, trails, recreation centers, and even camps were built to cherish the land. The 1960s was hit with a tough challenge. There were many attempts by numerous people to build a highway through Glen Canyon. They formed a group to save the park. Advocacy for parks a big part of keeping them alive. Gum Tree ladies, is a group of women who are local. This group support, defend and protect Glen Canyon Park. Other groups such as The Friends of Glen Canyon Park and Glen Park Association all come together for the same reason. That is to protect this area's natural wildlife and what it has to offer.