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Pershing Square, or "La Plaza Abaja" as it was known in 1866, is part of the city’s original Spanish land grant and its first formal public area. Approximately 25 or so years later, it was renamed "Central Park". Then, in 1918, its official designation changed again to Pershing Square," in honor WWI General John Pershing. 

Always a popular destination for people from all walks of life, Pershing Square was completely renovated in 1994 by noted architect Ricardo Legorreta. New landscaping and public artworks, including a 120-foot high purple campanile and a playful wave fountain, create a soothing, open-air respite in the midst of one downtown’s busiest areas. 

Location: Between 5th and 6th Streets
Hours: 24/7

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