Stow Lake Boathouse Update: Open for Business – New Paint, Slow Pace, Room for Old People – Photos

Well, lots of things are pretty much the same these days at the Stow Lake Boathouse, which was reopened by the new tenant on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011.


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Check the new photo gallery – it’s quite complete.

But, here’s something new. It’s a sign in honor of boathouse founder Mr. Cal Tilden & the McLellan* Family, 1946-2011:

(Quite civil to post this sign, if you ask me.)

Get more deets via Aaron Sankin – here’s Huffington Post San Francisco going long-form on this issue: Stow Lake Boathouse Fight: A Battle For the Soul Of Golden Gate Park. Or there’s this here, if you want to click through the lengthy history over the prior months and years…

Le mise-en-scene:

If anything, the pace of life is even slower than that of the era of the prior tenant. Nobody’s hurried at all. And there’s more room, more benches for “old people” to lollygag about.

And here’s your new Boathouse Dog, which is from a better supplier and which is being sold at a cheaper price:

Yes, pink popcorn from Wright’s:

All the players:

And what’s this, new paint, finally, after all these years? These guys started working on Wednesday:

So there you have it.

*Yes, that’s a rapping raven, a confabulating corvid at the end of the first video, calling for a boycott of the boathouse.

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7 Responses to “Stow Lake Boathouse Update: Open for Business – New Paint, Slow Pace, Room for Old People – Photos”

  1. Andrew says:

    Ketchup on a hot dog? Yecch! You know how Harry Callahan feels about this:

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I don’t know the etiquette – haven’t had a dog in a good long time…

    Costco offers onions, relish, fancy mustard, and more meat and all you can drink soda and for less than half the cost, but that’s Costco for you…

  3. Andrew says:

    Dirty Harry is a good etiquette teacher. Costco has sauerkraut, too.

  4. guest says:

    They are painting right over the dry rot and tired pieces of the building!

  5. sfcitizen says:

    Understood. It’s a quick fix. Whole process could take a year…

  6. GUEST says:

    “Pretty much the same” except the City is now only guaranteed $160,000 in annual rent and the prior vendor would have paid $215,000.

    Hard to call that “Perty much the same” in these economic times!

  7. sfcitizen says:

    Well, it’s like Macy’s vs. Gimbels. You’re Gimbels.

    It’s like GE vs. Pratt. You’re GE:

    Your job is to make the decision appear to be a no-brainer error. You’ve failed so far.

    The contest wasn’t just about minimum guarantees was it?

    If you all wanted a 99-year lease, you all should have gotten a 99-year lease.

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