Many people love Buena Vista Park. Its 37 acres of space is a place where dog owners can unleash their dogs and walk the trails and uphill, steep paths to enjoy the, somewhat obscure, views of San Francisco. The tall, dense trees can make you think that you are out in a forest somewhere and not in the city. If not for the city noise, it may have passed just as that.
However, as beautiful and as dog-friendly as it is, Buena Vista Park may not be the cleanest or the safest park in the city. Litter (needles and dirty underwear) are sometimes evident in the bushes. When you walk, you are always on guard as a sense of danger overcomes you, especially when not too many hikers are around, and, as it gets darker. Buena Vista Park is home to the homeless and a refuge for drug addicts. At nighttime, it is also a spot for “cruising.” Back in July, a homeless man in his thirties was stabbed to death by another homeless man due to an altercation about a woman while drinking with some friends at Buena Vista Park.
However, no one should fear this park. It is still one of the best parks for hiking and enjoying the view of the city. The steep trails are good for cardio exercise for both man and dog. Beautiful, million dollar homes surrounding this park make you feel safer. In addition, the constant presence of San Francisco’s finest often patrolling the area gives you a sense of added security.
The fear that some people may have in this park is also the same fear at any park or isolated streets in the city or anywhere for that matter. As the cloak of darkness starts to envelope San Francisco, some of its spots turn into something entirely different as the “night crawlers” and wanderers take over. This may sound like a line in a horror or suspense thriller; however, it should serve as a reminder to everyone. However safe you may feel and how beautiful it may be, you have to be always on guard…wherever you may be, Buena Vista Park or anywhere else in the world.