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Washington Square Park is located south of Manhattan, close to Greenwich Village; the park is a popular meeting place for locals and students from the University of New York that often, go to the park to discuss their latest projects. The two most prominent symbols are the Washington Square Arch and a great fountain, which is used as a pool for children. It includes children's play areas, trees and gardens. You can bring your friends and have a picnic, also has bicycle paths, hiking activities among others. Some artists are frequently seen in the park, like street musicians and mimes. Street vendors are seen there too, selling everything from hot dogs, water, drinks, canned drinks, bags of nuts to ice cream and popsicles; dog owners and their pets, relax in the park and the elderly may invite you to play chess. Sometimes New York University rents the park area for graduation, where students would march under the Arch to pick their diplomas.
In the following park areas, dogs without a leash are allowed, 5th Avenue, Waverly Place, West 4th Street, between McDougal and Thompson streets, south of the park (behind the building).
In the following park areas, you will find bathrooms: Midwest 5 blocks of the Avenue, Waverly Place, West 4th and MacDougal.
The playground and swings are in Washington Sq N and fifth av. east, remember to follow the rules and play safe.