Stow Lake Boathouse Community Meeting – November 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 PM – Another Brawl at the Hall of Flowers?

[UPDATE: Oh yes, there’ll be another meeting on this topic on November 8th at 1:00 PM – see Comments. Both meetings will have the same format and agenda, AFAIK]

The aging Boathouse at Golden Gate Park’s 4.5-star Yelp-rated Stow Lake will be the subject of a Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Hall of Flowers near 9th and Lincoln Boulevard, just north of the Inner Sunset (“The InSet“).

Check it:

“Please join the Recreation and Park Department for a conversation regarding the Stow Lake Boathouse Concession. As you may be aware, in August of this year, the Recreation and Park Commission selected Ortega Family Enterprises to manage the Stow Lake Boathouse. On Wednesday November 3, the Department will convene a community meeting to discuss the concession and present the Ortegas to the community.”

Now, the Insane Clown Posse and assorted Juggalos/Juggalettes over at !SAVE!STOW!LAKE!, the least-persuasive, least-successful group of preservationists in the recent history of San Francisco, well, you can read what they have to say for yourself. Environmental Impact Report, everything’s illegal, BOAThouse, etc…

Now you’re up to speed.

All the deets:

When: Wednesday November 3, 2010 at 7PM

Where: Hall of Flowers, Auditorium

Information about Ortega Family Enterprises and Stow Lake:

On August 19, 2010, The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission selected Ortega Family Enterprises to run the historic Stow Lake Boathouse. The Department is in the process of negotiating a lease with Ortega and is hosting this Community meeting to solicit the input of community members.

Ortega Family Enterprises has more than 20 years of experience working in public parkland and 22 years of accident-free boat and kayak rental management experience. Ortega Family Enterprises is a family-run enterprise that emphasizes environmental sustainability and best practices in all phases of its business. It has a track record of turning around underperforming park concessions and maximizing their potential, including concessions at four National Park Service locations: Bandelier National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument and Muir Woods National Monument in the Bay Area.

Ortega Family Enterprises has proposed the following improvements to the Stow Lake Boathouse operations:

Investment in a new fleet of pedal, row and other boats while maintaining affordable boat rentals for the public.

Capital improvements to stabilize and improve the boathouse building while preserving the facility’s historic architecture and charm. All restoration efforts will follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Preservation and will be completed to LEED-certified standards.

A small, informal café that will feature traditional Stow Lake favorites like pink popcorn, pretzels and animal crackers while also providing a new menu of local, organic, healthy and sustainable food and beverage options. Menu items will remain affordable with most items available ranging from $4.95 to $8.95.

Implementation of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, Certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

In 2009, the Ortega family won the Marin Conservation Council’s Green Business Award for its renovation and rejuvenated operation of the historic Muir Woods concession. They incorporated sustainable construction materials, implemented a trash disposal system that recycles and composts 90 percent of waste, and achieved significant electric and water savings. The Recreation and Park Department is looking to emulate this model at Stow Lake.

And here are a few relevant images:

The Present:

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Possible future:

The Present:

Future. Note swan boats:

Maybe you’ll go there and end up saying, “Si, Ortega!”

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One Response to “Stow Lake Boathouse Community Meeting – November 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 PM – Another Brawl at the Hall of Flowers?”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Since Rec & Park did not follow their own policy in providing adequate notification of tonights meeting, because it’s a World Series day and many other reasons, the community requested a new date for this meeting. The new meeting has been set for Monday, November 8th 1 pm at the Hall of Flowers and while the Rec & Park notification policy for the Monday meeting was not followed, we are planning to attend.