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Washington Square

Filbert St & Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

This park is centrally situated in the North Beach quarter of the city. Restaurants, stores and the magnificent cathedral of S. Peter & Paul surround it on all four sides. Most of the day, the pedestrian traffic outside the park is busy. 

At 9:00 in the morning, a number of distinct organizations are present in the park. Mostly (but not only) Asian teenagers, who practice tai chi and other types of martial arts and dance in from their societies. This is also the place where most dog owners gather in the region. I am very impressed with the responsibility of everybody to clean up after their dogs, because you will find that on sunny days the park is full of people enjoying a picnic and sunbathing. 

The bad news now. The park closed in late June for clean up and refurbishment, and will not reopen until November or early December. I was told that Washington Square Park has not been renovated for a couple of years, and this new renovation for the city’s parks is an improvement measure.

Overall this park is amazing. You really see people from all walks of life, and it is a more honest representation of what San Francisco really is. People live together and tolerate the differences between them, and this park really highlights that. There are homeless people here. There are people here just to spend the day. There are so many different types of people in the world, and this park allows that contrast to be noticed, but at the same time, celebrated. 

This is a true gem.


This park has always made me so happy. It’s calm, with some shade from the trees.  I have always loved that there was this little spot of green in the middle of the city, and I have often come to just sit and take a break during lunch to just relax, and get away from the city life for a minute. There are also sitting benches but there are many picnic grassy places to just lie down and take a nap. I’ve seen people playing volleyball, practicing Tai Chi, and friends at the benches just sitting and chatting. Given that this park is surrounded by great places to eat, I certainly want to have a picnic here with friends in the near future. There is a homeless population present, but it isn’t anything that I would worry about too much. This is a nice local park, and I have enjoyed it a lot recently.


This amazing park is located near the following parks in San Francisco, California:

  • Duboce Park
  • Alta Plaza
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Buena Vista
  • Washington Square
  • Panhandle
  • Tank Hill
  • Huntington Park (aka Grace Cathedral Park)
  • Lafayette Park
  • Patricia’s Green
  • Alamo Square
  • Grand View Park (aka Turtle Hill)
  • Dolores Park
  • Bernal Hill
  • Glen Canyon Park
  • Twin Peaks
  • Golden Gate Park


And of course after you’re done visiting any and all of these parks don’t forget to visit us at All Business Class Travel Agency!