The Plan to Charge Admission at Strybing Arboretum is Officially Dead

Earlier this year, there was a plan afoot to charge admission at the San Francisco Botanical Garden (nee Strybing Arboretum). That ended up getting changed to a plan to charge admission only to foreigners, those unfortunates people residing outside of the sacred 46.7 square miles that make up the City and County of San Francisco.

This was a taste of the reaction from la raza to the plans to charge admission to auslanders:


Well guess what, that’s all out the window now. Read all about it right here from the General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in this “dear friends” letter quoted on EEEK, A BLOG!:

Dear Friends:

After a long and very lively conversation regarding fees for the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, we will be recommending that NO fee be charged for this special natural space. Instead, we will be instituting a “suggested fee” schedule and are looking to bring in a vendor to offer food and beverages.

We thank you for your input and look forward to working with you on our shared goal of keeping the Botanical Garden beautiful for present and future generations.

Thank you,

Jared Blumenfeld, General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department”

And if that’s not good enough for you, all this was confirmed by Rec and Park higher ups yesterday.  

So put a fork in it – the plan, she is dead.

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2 Responses to “The Plan to Charge Admission at Strybing Arboretum is Officially Dead”

  1. Philo says:

    Score one for the moochers. Watch the Arboretum degrade into the pile of crap that is the rest of our City parks.
    Have you checked out the condition of the lawns in front of the deYoung?

  2. Ed Dillon says:

    Buzz words scare me. “moochers”=people of color; the homeless; working class people struggling everyday to live in this expensive city.

    Come on Philo, wouldn’t you be much, much happier in Walnut Creek where everything has a price tag attached to it? Or Anaheim where everything is an amusement park attraction with an entrance fee? Or eastern San Diego County where every subprime-financed McMansion, with a beautiful suburban lawn, houses someone with the exact same attitude as yours?