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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  • While there is a nice view, there are other places a lot better. If you do not have enough time, can go it long. If you have the time, it's nice for a walk a little required.
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  • This is on Haight, and it looks like some of the hippies that didn't make it came here to camp out. I made it a brief visit as it felt unsafe. 1988  more »
  • Theoretically a perfect spot to take in the city, but (as is often the case in town) with fog nothing shows!
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  • Although great views can be had from Buena Vista, the real treasure of the park is the dense forest of majestic trees. The park provides an escape from the metropolitan life of San Francisco as a natural sanctuary. Be prepared to climb some slopes. Then enjoy the walk and a conversation or some solitude. It's dog friendly, but beware around night time, coyotes have also taken up residence.
  • Old park. Lots of safety issues. Best walked through during the day. Be cautious homeless have claimed certain parts and crime is possible. Be safe in every major city. Including our tiny town.
  • I love this park. It is steep so be prepared for that if you want to walk to the top but it’s totally worth worth it. Fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city in general. Usually not too crowded once you get into the park and away from the Haight street entrance. There are a lot of random staircases to explore. Just watch out for the coyotes
  • Serene. Quiet. And from a great vantage point, you can take in the area where the summer of love happened. There's something magical about the Haight Ashbury district, and this is one awesome spot to take it all in.
  • This is one of my favorite places in SF. There is a lot of space to walk around. It's kind of like a mini mountain forest

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