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!:
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.
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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