Mission Dolores Park

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Mission Dolores Park
Mission Dolores Park

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Dolores Park is more than a park—for San Francisco newcomers, it's a rite of passage. Named for nearby Mission Dolores, the property became a park in 1905 and served as a refugee camp for for those uprooted by the 1906 earthquake. Palm trees border nearly 16 acres of lawn, newly pristine after a much-needed spruce-up in 2015 and 2016. (The refurbishment also included a new bathroom, picnic areas and a bike polo court.) On the north side of the park, you'll find a soccer field, tennis courts and a basketball court, while the south side touts two off-leash dog play areas and a playground. But the real draw is the lawn between, where up to 10,000 people in various states of undress sunbathe, read, drink, smoke and socialize on warm weekend days. On any given day, the crowd offers an eclectic (and accurate) snapshot of San Francisco.

By: Lauren Sheber


Venue name: Mission Dolores Park
Address: Dolores St at 18th St, Mission
San Francisco

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