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Yerba Buena Gardens information
Flanked by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Metreon shopping mall, the gardens bring much-needed spot green to concrete SoMa, perfect for playtime with the kiddies, downtime while gallery-hopping or for clandestine trysts behind the fountain. Free noontime concerts in summer feature world music, hip-hop and jazz.
The show-stopping centerpiece is Houston Cornwell and Joseph De Pace's sleek Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Fountain, a wall of water that runs over the Reverend's immortal words: '…until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.'
A pedestrian bridge over Howard St links the popular esplanade to an often overlooked playground and family entertainment complex. Kids won't want to miss this complex, which includes the hands-on Children's Creativity Museum and carousel, a small bowling alley and an ice rink.