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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  • Located roughly in the middle of Columbus Avenue (we are in Little Italy) Washington Square is a beautiful square where dominates the Cathedral of Peter and Paul (nice even internally and can be visited safely). Opposite the church there is also a very pleasant green space. Also, if you wish, being practically on Columbus Av. you will also have the opportunity to dine at one of the many Italian restaurants that characterize the neighborhood. TO SEE!!
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  • Great place to people watch. Stopped here on our way back down Telegraph Hill and it is a mixed area. There were several different groups practicing a variety of Tai Chi. There are also people with th...  more »
  • It was a great night in the park. A free showing of the movie La La Land. It was packed with people sitting on blankets or lounge chairs. A great crowd with no violence or other issues. It is across t...  more »
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  • Really nice town square with a nice church. People sitting down reading newspapers, catching some rays in the summer time! Good for people watch or good to chill before or after hitting Columbus Ave Restaurants
  • Excellent food.. Best Foccacia Bread dealer on Northwest corner get there early.. Just a fantastic location on the city.
  • Very nice and cozy park. Not too busy on early evenings. Lots of dogs around
  • I love this park. Perfect. Beautiful and clean.
  • Cool little park in between North Beach/Chinatown. Decking a star because I stepped on a piece of rusty fence just lying in the middle of the park.

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