Buena Vista Park

Things to do Haight-Ashbury
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Buena Vista Park
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This park, one of the oldest in the city, provides a welcome reprieve from the bustle and eccentricities of the Haight. Though the site was originally covered by sand dunes (like much of the city), the trees planted in the 1880s have since grown into a lush, dense forest populated by oak groves and berry bushes in the center of the city. There are a dozen entrances, but all the meandering trails lead up to the top of the hill, affording glimpses of St. Ignatius Church and the Marin Headlands along the way. The homes circling the park are architectural marvels themselves. At the peak, you'll find a playground, dog run and tennis courts. Just be aware after hours: It's a common resting spot for the the Haight's homeless at night.

By: Lauren Sheber

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Venue name: Buena Vista Park
Address: Haight St at Lyon St, Haight
San Francisco

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