Archive for the ‘parks’ Category

Rainbow Falls at Rest and Rainbow Falls Back in Action, Under Drake’s Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Here’s the way things used to be in Golden Gate Park:

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And here’s yesterday morning:

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And here’s yesterday afternoon:

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Maintenance, I guess.

Oh, and this

“There may be a reason for its lack of visibility. The city of San Francisco had to sell off the large Mount Davidson cross after a 1990 lawsuit declared it to be a violation of California constitution. The same may indeed apply to the Prayer Book cross, were anyone able to see it.”

…is exactly correct, and for two reasons:

  1. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – Old Rec and Park (pictured below) doesn’t want to deal with the Establishment Clause, OH HELL NO. So, the less this cross gets seen, the less likely it is to cause consternation.
  2. It’s Part Of The Legal Standard – So judges and juries just might scrutinize images to see how much this cross is IN YO FACE. The more out-of-the-way it is, the more likely it is to be allowed. Trees are a factor, as they were in the Mt. Davidson case.

Our RPD has other fish to fry these days, of course.

(The biggest thing this cross has going for it is that it’s old. It’s History. Otherwise it wouldn’t be allowed on Public Land.)

And of course, Thurston and Lovey aren’t ACTUALLY Rec and Park Commissioners…

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…but they might as well be. I don’t think they’d vote any different than the average commish.

Anyway, Get Out And Play in GGP – it’s Archbishop of Canterbury-approved.

 

How Well-Matched are Rec & Parks’ Brand-New and Quite Twee Wooden Benches with the Panhandle? Let’s Take a Look

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Not well-matched at all, it would seem:

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(Also, free hair curler!)

Here’s your background.

(Hey, is our RPD Board older, whiter, richer, and more suburbanite-minded than the locals they are employed to serve? You tell me, Babe. You tell me.)

Anyway, workers will take off these scribbles by removing the remaining surface treatment on these old-tyme, Elizabethan wooden slats, and then we’ll see how it goes…

Surprise: A $3.2 Million(!) Renovation Will SHUT DOWN the Panhandle Playground for about Two(!) Years

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Whoo boy:

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This process started in late 2014. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President called a $2 million earmarking an “early Christmas present” for her District Five. That means that this is going to end up taking a full half-decade.

But that’s not the problem.

The problem is that RPD should just take care of the stuff it has instead of building all-new stuff.

So, some generally well-meaning non-profit people came around with clipboards telling people that the current Panhandle Playground, paid for by a $100,000 grant from (old) General Motors, gets a grade of “C” or “D” and the first thing people did is ask why. About half of them would give an “A” grade, and then say that Rec and Park should do a better job of maintenance.

And actually PEOPLE LIKE ALL THE SAND.

But one of the points of this project is getting rid of the sand. It’s a citywide goal. So it’s kind of sad that the people who want the city to simply keep this playground the way it is butjust take better care of it always ask about the sand issue. The answer I hear from the generally well-meaning nonprofit types is that sand has parasites, from cats. Well, that might be true in general but it’s not true at this location, which has more rats than cats, as you can see:

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Another point is getting rid of the Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) in the wood. Well, again, this is a citywide goal that some have. Check out the Wiki link. Avoid studies by/from the CCA / timber industry. IRL, if there’s arsenic in your kid, it’s not from CCA. Sry.

So what else – oh, what’s also sad is that people don’t understand that the existing playground would have to shut down for more than a year as the new playground has to go in at the same place.

And questions about all these issues are addressed to those who are getting paid to put in a new playground. The question about whether a playground should be put in was never asked.

So, CLOSING THIS PLAYGROUND FOR TWO YEARS FOR BASICALLY NO REASON WILL BE UNPOPULAR (TO SAY THE LEAST) WITH EXISTING USERS. Go over there and ask them – say, yeah, they’re going shut this place down for two years to get rid of all the sand. The most popular reply you’ll get is, “Oh no, that’s terrible, I like the sand.”

And, THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT THE NEW PLAYGROUND WILL BE BETTER THAN THE EXISTING ONE. This issue could go either way. The new playground will implement Theories Of Playing, but, guess what, so did the old one. Has Play changed so much the past two decades?

Also, ISN’T $3.2 MILLION A LOT OF MONEY TO PUT INTO A SMALL PLAYGROUND AREA? This isn’t the big beef, but it’s a a factor.

The BEST CHOICE would be to fix up the existing playground with just a small fraction of 3.2 freaking million dollars. And take another fraction and use it to pay the RPD workers who come by to rake the sand. And then do something else with the remaining millions.

The SECOND BEST CHOICE would be to site the playground in a different place. That would address the primary problem of the two year shutdown.

The THIRD BEST CHOICE would be to delay this project for another three years, or for another couple decades.

I realize that people at the Parks Alliance want to do things for the children, but what they’re ending up doing is shutting down their playground for a couple of years for basically no reason.

The Drone Bros of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Agin the rules this is:

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Sorry, Bros.

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Still, mad props for the state of drones these days, able to hover in like 30 MPH gusts – I thought it could have been a hawk at first.

Choose wisely, else you might get cited

In Lieu of Speed Limit Signs for Bicycles in the GGP Panhandle, We Now Have, “SLOW DOWN! – ENJOY the PANHANDLE”

Friday, August 11th, 2017

See? Note the care that this tagger used to not block the new “wayfinding” feature.

I saw one of these notices near Baker. This is near Ashbury:

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I’m guessing an Area Pedestrian thinks some go too fast on their bikes.

And actually, you don’t even need to pedal when coming inbound – starting at 0 MPH at Stanyan, you can coast all the way to the DMV and end up going 16.3 MPH, on knobby tires no less, just saying…

Rec and Park’s New “Wayfinding” Signs in the Panhandle Have Amazing Anti-Graffiti Capability

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

I don’t know if the capability is new, but the signs are new.

So here was when they first got tagged and here is after cleaning:

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It seems like they’re coated with Teflon, like a nonstick surface you’d cook eggs on.

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Touché, RPD. Touche.

A Simple Quiz, One You Will Fail: Which is Higher on Mt Tam – West or East Peak? – And Which Used to be Higher?

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

So there are four possible answer sets to these two questions, so you’ve got a 25% chance of success by simple guessing. Now if you know then answers, then you know the answers and you won’t be tricked and you’ll win. OTOH, if you use INTUITION (the Heart) or REASONING (the Mind), I don’t think you’re going to get both answers correct, and actually I think you’d be better off just flipping a coin to help with answering.

And when I say used to be higher, think 100 years ago or so. Or 200, it doesn’t matter.

Tamalpais – West Peak on the left, East Peak on the right:

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All right, well 100 years ago was afore the time our U.S. Army plumb blew up / excavated the West Peak, as you can see by the unnatural flatness and the big radar dome golf ball up there.

But check it, the West Peak is still higher, even now, by the smallest of amounts, even though the East Peak totally looks higher from the south, which is how most people look at it.

So, I’ll agree that West Peak looks shorter and I knew the story about how it used to be higher than East Peak, but I am surprised to learn, after living here since the 1980’s, more or less, that West Peak is higher.

If you want to debate this, then be my guest. We’re only talking about a couple feet difference no matter what.

🌈 TMYK…

El Diablo y El Ángel: Mount Diablo and Angel Island Kind of Look the Same

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Let’s see, that’s Marin County in the foreground, then there’s fog-shrouded Angel Island (part of Marin and San Francisco County), and then the rest is all Contra Costa, including Mt. Diablo up there.

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Anyway, the devil and the angel kind of look the same, that’s my point.

Falun Gong Practicing Atop Twin Peaks – And Lobbying the Tourists

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Haven’t seen this afore:

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Everybody’s doing it, if you’ll notice:
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It’s quite a scene up there, sometimes:

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Dolores Park Looks Just Like This

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Bro was still in denial phase at this point. Some were amused:

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