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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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TripAdvisor
  • Easy to get to by public transport if you want to get away from the Bay Area. Stunning views of the city and the Bay Area. A good climb, steep for some but not for me. Beautiful greenery. Great views ...  more »
  • It's up on the hillside so a bit out of the way for the average tourist. But this is a San Fran gem, a gorgeous park and you get great views of downtown and the Bay.  more »
  • It's pretty cool up there, but you gotta dodge the junkies and homeless but it can be worth the drama sometimes.  more »
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  • My favorite park in the city. Amazing views. Amazing walking trails. Amazing location. I have had some life changing experiences here. A place that is out of time. "I love the sound of the wind through the trees." Craig Halperin
  • The oldest park in town, with a unique and almost magical atmosphere, be it for the old growth trees that tower over its steep slopes, or the views over the city and the bay you can glimpse at through the vegetation. Recent habitat restoration efforts, still ongoing, have visibly improved the environment, contributing to an even more pleasant visit. On top of that, at least one coyote has taken residence in recent times. Here are a few pictures of the well-fed, gorgeous predator taken just a few feet from the edge of the park, looking from the corner of Buena Vista Ave and Upper Terrace, just about half an hour before sunset, on March 28.
  • Favorite park. Very steep! Playground, tennis courts hidden in it somewhere. "Good view" is an understatement! But you have to get to the top. (Well, you could park at the top and walk down...)
  • Awesome gr8 nature park with many secluded areas for privacy. Gr8 veiws of the city,in all directions,can be had here.
  • On a Tuesday afternoon, wierd place to be. There were a few homeless folks around the park. Nice views of the city.