the name itself is ironic and historic, as dolores means pains in spanish, and pain is usually the last thing on people’s minds here.
a fitting title, as flocks of people come to relax, enjoy the sunny afternoons and forget all pains and sorrows.
as if the park was calling all youthful souls to lay their burdens on her.
she will take your weight and embrace you with her sweet, soft grasses and local ice-cream, taco trucks and empanada vendors.
the nearby mission, the oldest standing structure in san francisco, is where its name derives.
it is known as mission dolores, as a nearby creek was known as ‘arroyo de nuestra señora de los dolores’, meaning ‘our lady of sorrows creek’. its founding name is ‘la misión de nuestro padre san francisco de asís’, the city’s name.
all kinds of things happen at this park at different times of the year.
people of all walks of life and eclectic natures come to picnics, singing, dancing, drinking, biking, playing instruments, blowing giant bubbles into the sky, sun bathing, yoga, capoeira, ethnic festival celebrations, movie screenings, sketching, painting, concerts, soap box car derby races and who knows what more.
besides boasting one of the sunniest patches of sun in the city, the park has tennis, basketball, soccer, playgrounds, restrooms, monuments, great views of the city and delectable food places nearby, including the legendary bi-rite ice cream and delfina pizzeria.
it is easy to see how this is one of locals’ favorite spots.