Riding and resting
Union Square offers both active and passive recreation. In addition to the parks playgrounds and dog run, there is a full program of free summer events, Summer in the Square, offered by the Union Square Partnership. Cyclists in the monthly Critical Mass bike ride passing the parks pavilion at the Memorial Day weekend ride, above meet and depart on the last Friday of each month from the squares northern plaza. As the weather becomes nicer, the parks benches become popular spots to sit and eat lunch, meet friends, people watch or just grab a quick nap in the sun beneath the shade of a newspaper as demonstrated by the man at right.