Square Park is among the handful of parks in San Francisco that you
don't have to climb a huge hill to visit. That and its proximity to Sts.
Peter and Paul Church help lend the park a feeling of a European town square.
With it's sunny location in the heart of North Beach, Washington Square
Park is a beautiful place for picnics, Tai Chi, strolling, or people watching.
The most essential detail about Washington Square Park is that it is the
only one of the City's three original parks that hasn't been raised off
the ground to become the roof of a parking garage. Union Square and Portsmouth
Square are the two that have been so altered. The park named for George
Washington has a statue of Benjamin Franklin in the center. Another statute
features volunteer firemen and was given
to the City by Lillie Hitchcock Coit, the fire fighting enthusiast whose
1929 bequeathal to the City was used to build nearby Coit
Peter and Paul Church