Archive for the ‘parks’ Category

The Avenue Drive: Recalling the Time When You Could Drive Right Through the Middle of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Here’s the east end, with the McKinley Statue surrounded by traffic:

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SF’s Rec & Park Dept Has Eight Beefs Against You, The Public – Here are the New Signs in the Panhandle to Prove It

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Of course the taggers are having a field day with these new signs in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.*

And look at the goofy colors (are they plum red and plum purple?) that don’t match anything else:

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I suppose the big news here is the midnight closing time.** And I suppose the bit about “affixing items to trees” might have to do with the popularity of slacklining these days. And I suppose the reference to “service roads” has to do with the recent hit-and-run death involving an RPD maintenance worker.*** (Do people call up 311 to complain about workers driving on the “bike path?” People do, apparently.)

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IMO, the GGP Panhandle is more of a commuter corridor than anything else, so it’s sort of funny to see RPD describe something like somebody taking a Diet Coke across Fell Street as “pack[ing] it in,” but anyway.

IMO, RPD is entirely too obsessed with the concerns of wealthy white homeowners (but that sort of make sense since RPD is basically run by wealthy white homeowners.)

IMO, RPD should have left the harmless Panhandle Bandshell where it was, near Oak and Clayton.

IMO, RPD should have been able to fix the slides at the Panhandle Playground by now, since they got damaged back in May, but oh well. An RPD spokesmodel said, months ago, that the slide assembly “now is undergoing repair” but that was months ago, so I’m forced to assume that that was yet another lie from the ineffectual and money-hungry RPD.

IMO.

*Is the Panhandle part of Golden Gate Park? Well, is the Oklahoma Panhandle part of Oklahoma? Indeed it is, Gentle Reader.

**The signs put up earlier tell you what time the park is closed, so I suppose these new signs are more “welcoming.” 

***The SFPD is free to drive wherever it wants, but I’d be super-nervous about driving my Crown Vic over an urban camper at night if I were a cop. And rear wheel drive grandpa cars aren’t really good on muddy grass anyway, as this photo shows:

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YOLO, 94117 – I’d Feel Self-Conscious Jogging in Golden Gate Park Without a Shirt Like This, But, You Know, YOLO

Friday, July 25th, 2014

YOLO:

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(And Bay to Breakers 2015 is a full 296 days away – there’s plenty of time left to get prepared.)

YOLO!

Rec and Park Employee Busted by a Google Maps Car in Golden Gate Park

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Reader JR sent this one in. Read his words below.

If you want to see for yourself, take a look at the Streets View of JFK Drive near the Rose Garden, a little west of “425 JFK Drive, SF”

I think the bigger crime here is being oblivious to the big old honking Google Maps car going down JFK, but anyway.

Hey, is that Phil Ginsburg? (I can’t tell, but check out those sideburns. Does he wear a watch? Not that I know of.)

Anyway:

“I stumbled across your website. I was reading through the pages. 

I was disturbed by the recklessness of a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Employee killing a person (1). I looked  further online into that.

 I continued reading your website clicking through the pages. I was interested about the re-stripping of JFK DR in Golden Gate Park. (2) I clicked the link for public radio. I did a Google street view of JFK Dr and found what appears to be a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Employee Driving while talking on the phone. See attachment. According to Google’s photo taken was Dec. 2013. San Francisco Recreation and Park Department vehicle identification number 651-6035. 

Can You Name the Extreme Points of San Francisco – North, South, East, and West? It’s Hard!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: Oh, man, you people are clever:

1. So what about SFO airport as southernmost? Well, that place is “owned and policed by the City and County of San Francisco, but is located in and entirely surrounded by adjacent San Mateo County.” So that’s why the San Mateo County Coroner was involved in the SFFD’s bungled handling of the Asiana 214 crash landing. Another situation would be with San Francisco’s O’Shaughnessy Dam up in Hetch Hetchy near Yosemite - a murder on top of that dam would be prosecuted by the Tuolumne County DA (or maybe the Feds – you all might be right, IDK), not by the SFDA. Don’t ask me about which DA would handle a stabbing at San Francisco Jails #5 or #6 down in San Bruno, San Mateo County. (Perhaps the counties have an agreement over prosecution? IDK.) OTOH, a crime on the western tip of Alameda Island would be handled by the SFDA.

2. And Candlestick Point (and the entire southern border of mainland SF)? It’s ever just ever north of the southernmost part of the Farallones – that’s a real close call.)

This is hard, this game of identifying the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points of San Francisco.

If you guess, you’re going to make mistakes.

All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:

Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock

Red Rock

North Farallon Islands

Alameda Island 

I’m srsly.

1. Northermost: Red Rock Island. It’s about eight miles north of Fisherman’s Wharf. Seems as if it’s always for sale. You can get there by kayak and then hike to the top if you want – put that on your bucket list.

As seen from the mainland of San Francisco. The Richmond San Rafael Bridge and East Brother Island are in the background:

Red Rock at 600mm on a very clear day. Don’t try this with your iPhone camera – your shot might not come out so hot.

2. Southernmost: Seal Rock, South Farallon Islands. It’s south of Southeast Farallon Island. It can be seen on the left side here.

And here it is as seen from Twin Peaks:

840mm, on a very clear day.

3. Westernmost: North Farallon Islands.

Actually, it’s this islet in the upper left here, seen with North Farallon Island and St. James Island in the lower right. (I’m surprised that this unnamed rock hasn’t yet been named for a longtime local political strongman like Willie Brown or Rose Pak):

4, Easternmost: Alameda Island. Surprise! Work out your denial issues here.

As seen from the (old) Bay Bridge, the eastern span, the one that was never named for a local political strongman, like Willie Brown or Rose Pak: 

Here are the four points, underlined, to sum up:

Oh, even better is if you let Google Maps highlight the county line in red. (If you zoom in on the linked page, you can also see a couple of places on Angel Island that Google similarly correctly ID’ed as parts of San Francisco.)

Thanks for playing!

Know Better Your Obscure Public Parks: The Two-Star-Rated Cow Hollow Playground – It Looks Like Somebody’s Backyard

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Here it is, at Miley and Baker near Greenwich, San Francisco, CA 94123 - Marina/Cow Hollow.

Here’s the review:

“Place is hidden & small. Typically overcrowded (mainly due to size), but also a nice oasis in the sea of the city.”

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Now you Know Better Your Obscure Public Parks.

An Eye-Opening Lecture for Recreation and Parks Employees About the Importance of Not Driving On The Grass

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Let’s take a peek through the open door:

The part of this lecture that I overheard appeared to do a good job about hammering home the rule about RPD workers not driving* park vehicles on the grass.

Here’s your context, from last year:

Woman killed by SF truck identified as outrage grows - Vivian Ho and Kurtis Alexander

*There might be an exception if there’s also a spotter in the cab of the pickup, IDK.

Instead of an Orange-and-Black Hoodie Saying “Go Giants,” How About a Orange-and-Black Hoodie Saying “Grow Giants?”

Monday, June 30th, 2014

As seen at the former Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park:

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And oh yes, rest assured that this pullover was “PRINTED IN THE HAIGHT ASHBURY.”

A mere $45…

Heaven’s Gate, 94117

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Religious cult or exercise cult?

You Make The Call:

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More seriously, the Euros are doing some amazing stuff with comets lately. Expect great things:

Rosetta is a robotic spacecraft built and launched by the European Space Agency to perform a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It is part of the ESA Horizon 2000 cornerstone missions and is the first mission designed to both orbit and land on a comet. Rosetta was launched in March 2004 on an Ariane 5 rocket and is scheduled to reach the comet in August 2014. The spacecraft consists of two main elements: the Rosetta space probe orbiter, which features 12 instruments, and the Philae robotic lander, with an additional nine instruments. The Rosetta mission will orbit 67P for 17 months and is designed to complete the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. The mission is controlled from the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), in Darmstadt, Germany.

PARK RANGER or Storm Trooper: You Make The Call

Monday, May 26th, 2014

This guy quickly drove his 4WD buggy through the crowd in Sharon Meadow on 420 Day 2014 as part of a “show of force” for the hippies

On the grass and on the pavement – I didn’t know which way to go to get out of his way.

OK fine, RPD