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Once the daytime social heart of Little Italy, this grassy patch has changed character numerous times over the years. The Beats hung out in the 1950s, hippies camped out in the 1960s and early '70s, and nowadays you're more likely to see kids of Southeast Asian descent tossing a Frisbee than Italian men or women chatting about their children and the old country. In the morning, elderly Asians perform the motions of tai chi, and any time of day the park may attract homeless people, who stretch out to rest on the benches and grass, and young locals sunbathing or running their dogs. Lillie Hitchcock Coit, in yet another show of affection for San Francisco's firefighters, donated the statue of two firemen with a child they rescued. The North Beach Festival, the city's oldest street fair, celebrates the area's Italian culture here each June; 2014 marks the event's 60th year.

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  • Address: Bordered by Columbus Ave. and Stockton, Filbert, and Union Sts., North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133 | Map It
  • Location: North Beach
Updated: 05-02-2013

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