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Mission Hills Park

Mission Hills Park paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 06/10/2019
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Mission Hills Park, also known as Pioneer Park, is located in Mission Hills. The park is said to go back as far as the late 1800s.

1521 Washington Pl
San Diego , CA 92103
Phone: (619) 525-8213
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 32.749890
Lon: -117.175950

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 7
Evidence: 0
Resources: 10
Retrievals: 7903
Vistor Rating: 0.0
Votes: 0

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Mission Hills Park, also known as Pioneer Park, is located in Mission Hills. The park was one of the first cemeteries in San Diego and tombstones and graves of San Diego pioneers are still at the park. The park is said to go back as far as the late 1800s. It is a fairly large park with a grass area and a kids' playground. Tennis courts are located across the street from the main park area. The park can be permitted for picnics and weddings with a capacity of 750, but no inflatables are allowed. Food is allowed, but no glass containers. There is a public restroom on site.

Mission Hills Park is available from 6 a.m. to dusk. The park is located at 1521 Washington Place. From Interstate 5, exit Washington Street and head east up the hill. Turn left onto Goldfinch Street, and then left onto Fort Stockton Drive. Turn left on Ingalls Street, and then right onto Washington Place. The park will be on your left just past Grant Elementary School. There is a small parking lot limited to a handful of cars and there is also street parking.

Added by: sdonley on 08/02/2019 DB#:498


Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

One of the most reported events is the appearance of a woman who walks around the park appearing to be lost or confused. Her spirit is said to still rise today, wandering the park at night.

Others who come to Pioneer Park say that there's coldness to it - an eerie feeling that someone is watching you. When experts have investigated, they've reported that their electromagnetic field readers go off the charts. One guest captured someone or something walking through the park on film - even though they saw nothing while taking the photo.

Within the Mission Hills community, residents report strange occurrences like radios turning on in the middle of the night and flashes of light floating about in the park.

 If you're one who's the least bit curious about the existence of ghosts, a visit to Pioneer Park may be just what you're looking for.

Added by: sdonley on 08/02/2019 DB#:1493

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3065 08/02/2019 sdonley The apparition of a woman has been seen walking around the park appearing to be lost or confused.
3066 08/02/2019 sdonley Cold spots have been reported.
3067 08/02/2019 sdonley The eerie feeling as if someone is watching you have been reported.
3068 08/02/2019 sdonley EMF readers will pick up high readings in areas with no electricity in the park.
3069 08/02/2019 sdonley Strange items on photography and film have been recorded.
3070 08/02/2019 sdonley Strange orbs and flashes of light have been reported at night.
3071 08/02/2019 sdonley Electronic devices around the area will sometime act erratic.

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Fact Check: The Bodies Beneath a San Diego Park
Added: 06/10/2019 By: sdonley
The Voice of San Diego.
Bodies still buried in Mission Hills Pioneer Park | San Diego Reader
Added: 08/02/2019 By: sdonley
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Mission Hills Park Calvary Pioneer Memorial Park aka Pioneer Park cemetery ghost haunt » San Diego Haunted Places and Locations
Added: 08/02/2019 By: sdonley
San Diego haunted ghost spirit house home locations including urban legends, cemeteries, businesses and historic places
Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park | San Diego, CA
Added: 08/02/2019 By: sdonley
Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park, put on by the community organizations and businesses every summer, is a beloved musical traditions in Mission Hills.
The Haunted Guide to Pioneer Park
Added: 08/02/2019 By: sdonley
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Hidden San Diego
Added: 08/02/2019 By: sdonley
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An unassuming cemetery in Mission Hills | San Diego Reader
Added: 08/02/2019 By: sdonley
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Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, CA
Added: 08/04/2019 By: mdonley
This web site is a comprehensive study and presentation of existing information about the historic Calvary Cemetery (now a part of Calvary Pioneer Memorial Park) at 1501 Washington Place in San Diego, California. It is devoted to honoring and preserving the memory of the people who are buried there.
Pioneer Park
Added: 08/04/2019 By: mdonley
Over the years, Pioneer Park has become a popular spot for family picnics, summer concerts and various community events. It is not uncommon to see children from the school next door playing in the grass and families having outings.
Find a Grave
Added: 08/05/2019 By: sdonley
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