John McLaren Park, San Francisco

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John McLaren Park is a park in southeastern San Francisco. At, McLaren Park is the third largest park in San Francisco by area, after Golden Gate Park and Presidio. The park is surrounded mostly by the Excelsior, Crocker-Amazon, Visitacion Valley, Portola and University Mound neighborhoods.HistoryJohn McLaren Park was once a part of Rancho Cañada de Guadalupe la Visitación y Rodeo Viejo, an 1840 land grant which included much of present-day San Bruno Mountain, the city of Brisbane, Guadalupe Valley, and Visitacion Valley. The then-governor of Mexico (including present-day California), Juan Bautista Alvarado granted what is now known as John McLaren Park to the local authorities in 1840.In 1905, subdivisions of the land grant were drawn up and Daniel Burnham issued the Burnham Plan for San Francisco, which recommended that the land where John McLaren and Bayview Parks are today should be reserved for park use, as residents in the southern part of the City were considered inadequately served by access to park space. Burnham's Report called for several parks near Visitacion Valley, including one he named Visitacion Park, which would become Bayview Park and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area; and one he named University Mound Park, which occupied part of the land that would later became John McLaren Park. In the wake of the 1906 earthquake and fire, rather than implement Burnham's plan, city officials expediently rebuilt the city using the grids that had been previously laid out.
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  • Many locals do not know of this hidden gem. McLaren Park has many walkable paths and some of the best views of the City. People play pickle ball and practice Tai Chi on the weekends. Be smart...  more »
  • This park is a nice place for a walk. It's not very crowded. You may encounter someone here and there. It's not somewhere that's been taken over by tourists. So it's a good place to go if you...  more »
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  • This is on of San Francisco's best kept secrets. Lush and wild. It also has many cool spaces and locations inside! Great for tourists and locals alike!
  • The second largest park in San Francisco. Could use more tender loving care from the city of San Francisco. I hope more hiking trails are developed.This is one of my favorite parks. Very popular with dog walkers (large pooch play areas including a pond). This park is also the home of the Jerry Garcia amphitheatre, several children playgrounds and an abundances of picnic areas. There are also tennis courts. In my opinion the only thing missing is the abundance of attention that's given to others parks in the city.

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