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Pantoja Park

Coordinates: 32°42′47″N 117°10′04″W / 32.713011°N 117.167834°W / 32.713011; -117.167834
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Pantoja Park
Pantoja Park (foreground)
Pantoja Park is located in San Diego
Pantoja Park
LocationSan Diego, California, U.S.
Coordinates32°42′47″N 117°10′04″W / 32.713011°N 117.167834°W / 32.713011; -117.167834
StatusOpen year round

Pantoja Park is a public park located in the Marina District of Downtown San Diego, California. Originally built in 1850, it is the oldest park in the city of San Diego.[1] The park is named for Don Juan Pantoja y Arriola, a Spanish navigator who drew the first map of San Diego Bay in 1782.[2] In the mid-19th Century, the park was known as New Town Park, and was previously named Plaza Pantoja.[3] In the park stands a statue of Benito Juarez, a gift from the Mexican government in 1981.[4] Located on G Street near Columbia Street, Pantoja Park is a small oasis of open greenery in quickly redeveloping Downtown San Diego.[1]

Pantoja Park features a large grassy area and multiple large mature trees.[5] The park has several towering old fig trees, shrubs and flowers, benches, walking paths, and a historic Natal Plum planted in the middle of the park.[6] Two years after the formation of San Diego's Historical Resources Board, Pantoja Park was registered as the seventh San Diego Historic Landmark in 1969.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Marina | The San Diego Union-Tribune". Signonsandiego.com. 2004-04-07. Archived from the original on 2006-05-15. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  2. ^ "Pantoja Park – An Urban Slice of Serenity". Downtown San Diego Condo Guide. 2010-03-20. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  3. ^ McGrew, C.A.; American Historical Society (1922). City of San Diego and San Diego County: The Birthplace of California. American Historical Society. p. 75. ISBN 978-3-8496-8185-2. Archived from the original on 30 August 2023. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  4. ^ Anonymous (2009-03-21). "San Diego Daily Photo: Pantoja Park". Sandiegodailyphoto.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  5. ^ "Parks Coming Soon". Sandiegodowntown.org. Archived from the original on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  6. ^ "Pantoja Park". Ccdc.com. 2010-06-30. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  7. ^ "Historical Landmarks Designated by the SD Historical Resources Board" (PDF). 2011-12-01. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-05-03. Retrieved 2024-01-16.

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