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Washington Square, San Francisco

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Washington Square is a park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, California, and is one of the city’s first parks, established in 1847. It is bordered by sidewalk cafes and restaurants such as Mama's (restaurant) and the Liguria Bakery as well as the Sts. Peter and Paul Church. The Square is a natural community gathering place with a long history. Festivals, free movie nights and other special events are hosted there throughout the year.HistoryJasper O’FarrellWashington Square Park, now the heart of North Beach, has been many things over the years. Juana Briones grew potatoes and raised cattle here, before Jasper O’Farrell laid out San Francisco’s street grid in 1847, and designated this block a city square. Later, neglected by the city, it was used as an unofficial dump bordering a cemetery. Improvements came slowly, but by the 1860s, it was used for Fourth of July celebrations, and later the square hosted Columbus Day celebrations and Italian festivals.Originally, it was a complete rectangle, all the way to Powell Street. But in 1873-1875, the City built Columbus Avenue, then known as Montgomery, cutting through the Square. The avenue was built, evidently, because business and banking interests in the Financial District wanted greater interaction with North Beach, which was isolated, geographically, by the hills, the Barbary Coast, and Chinatown.Ben FranklinThe Base of the statue is a Temperance fountain donated in 1879 by Temperance crusader Henry D. Cogswell
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TripAdvisor
  • Great place to visit--great statues, peaceful. Also nice place to sit, relax, enjoy the surrounding and meet interesting people like we did today.  more »
  • Washing Square is a lovely park at one end of China Town to sit and relax. People flock here to have their lunch or wait to catch a bus. There is a beautiful famous church at one end of the square, Sa...  more »
  • The locals call it "Wasqua" for good reasons. There lots of restaurants and stores abc peoples watching there.  more »
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  • Washington Square Park is within five minutes drive from my place. This is were I come to vent and relax when I want to be myself. On warmer​ days kids and dogs take over the grassy area. People go about their day from reading, resting, laying in the sun, socializing. A kids area with obstacles and swings nestled in corner. Restrooms are always clean and doors are closed nightly by 8pm. It's located steps from St. Peters & Paul.
  • Great place to people watch! Weekends and sunny days = crowds. Mornings = tai chi / dance ladies. If you're gonna picnic - be sure to bring a blanket - the place is visited by a lot of dogs! You can pickup food at any of the nearby places​ and then grab a spot on the grass or bench and enjoy!
  • Great location to hang out and have lunch during the day. It's so nice and they keep it clean. Lots of stuff going on all the time.
  • Pleasant open space near key social districts. Great for a seat in the sunshine
  • Nice community park where the local elderly Chinese ladies do there morning fitness.