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Buena Vista Park, San Francisco
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Buena Vista Park is a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco, California. It is the oldest official park in San Francisco, established in 1867 as Hill Park, later renamed Buena Vista. It is bounded by Haight Street to the north, and by Buena Vista Avenue West and Buena Vista Avenue East. The park is on a steep hill that peaks at 575feet, and covers 37acre. The lowest section is the north end along Haight.LayoutThe hill on which the park lies is composed primarily of sand and San Francisco chert, formed in the Mesozoic era. The layout of the park uses the steepness of the hill to good advantage, offering good views of the city (particularly to the north).At the peak of the park is a small lawn. Notable views are available from various lookouts lower down, including "The Window," an overlook on the western side of the hill from which there is a sweeping vista of Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean, and, on clear days, northward up the coast to the white cliffs of Drake's Bay.The paths along the west side are lined with gutters built by WPA workers out of broken headstones from the City's Victorian cemeteries at Lone Mountain (i.e. Laurel Heights), which were moved to Colma in 1930s. In a few cases the inscriptions were placed facing up and can be discerned (Cf. the Wave Organ).
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  • A forest in the middle of town with steep climb for trails. Since 1867 in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is the oldest park in the city. The region is safe and the walk of the most pleasant, but prepare breath.
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  • Buena Vista Park is located in the Centre of the city and is the oldest park in San Francisco. Park is located at the top of the Hill. Hill has many lookouts on the way up and down. The Hill overlooks the city and the Golden Gate Bridge. We climbed the Hill early in the misty morning-it was fabulously beautiful. The climb is steep and need comfortable shoes.
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  • I walk from Noe St., up 14th to the top of the park daily while my travel partner is in rehab at CPMC. About sunrise the city starts to awaken. The park has beautiful old trees, just majestic with a f...  more »
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  • Beautiful park and only gets better the higher you get up the mountain. A park with plenty of views, tennis courts, playground area, plenty of hiking, as well as areas to picnic. Beautiful park that is spread out.
  • Nice view over there, you can see the bridge and all the city. It's a bit hard to go there you have to be in sape, bring water! There's not a lot of people in the park it's pretty calm.
  • Great place to have a chill or take your friend for a walk. There are people who run for exercising purposes, so remember to look up when walking while using your phone.
  • I have lived within a few blocks of this park since 1981. The neighbors, Rec and Park, and SFPD have done an amazing ongoing transformation over the years. In the 80's this park was scary at night, sometimes during the day as well. Now it is re- landscaped, clean, mostly free of campers ( the coyotes may help with this) and the ambiance and views are lovely.
  • Fun place to hike with your dog. Cool north facing views.