Dolores Park

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Dolores Park information

San Francisco , USA
Dolores St
btwn 18th & 20th Sts
Getting there
Bart: 16th St Mission
Muni: J
Bus: 14, 33, 49
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Semiprofessional tanning, taco picnics and a Hunky Jesus Contest at Easter: welcome to San Francisco's sunny side. Dolores Park has something for everyone, from street ball and tennis to the Mayan pyramid playground (sorry kids: no blood sacrifice allowed). Political protests and other favorite local sports happen year-round, and there are free movie nights and Mime Troupe performances in summer. Climb to the upper southwest corner for the best views of downtown, framed by palm trees.

Dolores Park was built on the site of a former Jewish cemetery used as a staging ground by Barnum and Bailey Circus, sold to the city in 1905. San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and fire violently interrupted park planning, and it remained bumpy, squishy and poorly drained until its 2015 regrading. At the corner of 20th and Church, note the fire hydrant painted gold: this little fireplug was the Mission's main water source during the 1906 earthquake and fire, and stopped the fire from spreading south of 20th St. Flat patches further down are generally reserved for soccer games, cultural festivals, candlelight vigils and ultimate Frisbee. Fair warning: second-hand highs copped near the refurbished bathroom may have you chasing the helados (ice-cream) cart.