Washington Square

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San Francisco , USA
Columbus Ave & Union St
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Tram: Powell-Mason
Bus: 8, 30, 39, 41, 45
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Wild parrots, tai chi masters and nonagenarian churchgoing nonnas (grandmothers) are the company you'll keep on this lively patch of lawn. This was the city's earliest official park, built in 1850 on the ranchland of pioneering businesswoman Juana Briones – there's a bench dedicated to her. The parrots keep their distance in the treetops, but like anyone else in North Beach, they can probably be bribed into friendship with a focaccia from Liguria Bakery on the square's northeast corner.