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“Great place to walk”
Review of John McLaren Park

John McLaren Park
Reviewed July 31, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed walking and birding in the park. We saw many hummingbirds, chestnut-backed chickadees, and pygmy nuthatch there. It's a relaxing and lovely area that's not as crowded as other parts of San Francisco.

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Reviewed July 30, 2014

McClaren Park was created in 1927. It's named after John McLaren, who among other achievements is known locally as the "grandfather of Golden Gate Park." It's in Visitacion Valley, overlooking Mission St. in the Excelsior, and if you've seen the 80-foot tall blue water tower at its crest, you know which hill is home to the park.

Eclipsed in size locally only by better-known Golden Gate Park, it features playgrounds and swim pool, picnic and dog play areas, tennis and BB courts, as well as a golf course and McNab Lake.

More than 7 miles of trails wind through the park, the best known being the 2.7 mile Philosopher's Trail. After a half hour of relaxing on the forested hillsides, you can easily forget you're surrounded by seven million souls packed together in the Bay Area.

So bring a book, dog, coffee, card deck or other analog device and unplug for a few hours!

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