Lafayette Park (San Francisco)

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Lafayette Park
Lafayette Park, San Francisco, from the park's western edge.jpg
Lafayette Park from the park's western edge
Lafayette Park is located in San Francisco County
Lafayette Park
Lafayette Park
Lafayette Park is located in California
Lafayette Park
Lafayette Park
Lafayette Park is located in the US
Lafayette Park
Lafayette Park
Type Municipal
Location San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′29″N 122°25′41″W / 37.7913179°N 122.4280268°W / 37.7913179; -122.4280268Coordinates: 37°47′29″N 122°25′41″W / 37.7913179°N 122.4280268°W / 37.7913179; -122.4280268[1]
Area 11.49 acres (4.65 ha)[2]
Created 1936[3]
Operated by San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department

Lafayette Park is an 11.49 acres (4.65 ha)[2] park in San Francisco, California, United States. Originally created in 1867,[3] it is located in the neighborhood of Pacific Heights between the streets of Washington, Sacramento, Gough, and Laguna. Located on a hill, the park offers views of many areas, including the city's Marina district, Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco Bay, Buena Vista Park, and Twin Peaks. In addition to both open and treed green spaces, the park includes two tennis courts, a children's playground, an off-leash dog area, restroom facilities, and a picnic area.


Its expansive green slopes and towering trees belie the battles embedded in its history. Revolutionary War battles fought by the dashing French general and statesman Marquis de Lafayette, for whom the park is named. Battles over its ownership, beginning in 1864 and fought over for 70 years. 'Lafayette Square and Who Owns It' asked a San Francisco Real Estate article in 1888. In 1856 the Van Ness Ordinance reserved the eleven and a half acres bounded by Sacramento, Gough, Washington and Laguna Streets as Lafayette Square, and in 1864 the U.S. Congress conveyed the title to the City of San Francisco 'for public use.'[4]


  1. ^ "Lafayette Square". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Lafayette Park". San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Project Status Report: Lafayette Park Renovation" (PDF). San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Lafayette Park". San Francisco Parks Alliance. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2018-07-17.