Archive for the ‘parks’ Category

Golden Gate Park is Going Back to Nature a Quarter-Acre at a Time? – Look What’s Growing on This Formerly Grassy Knoll

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Here’s the update for the Panhandle’s formerly grassy knoll between the intersection of Fell / Ashbury and the Panhandle Bathroom:

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So the bacteria is chugging away down there and whatever wants to grow there is a growing. This is quite a change from the quite unnatural and quite thirsty grass what made this little hill look like a small part of a big golf course.

In a way, this patch is almost an experiment ala our California Academy of Sciencese’s Living Roof, non?

To be continued…

Forkchops, Japanese Tea Garden – Now That’s Authentic!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The latest in fusion flatware:

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The Bude’ Abides – Better Know Your Giant Buddha of Golden Gate Park – But Why Don’t We Send It Back to Japan?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Here’s your history of this 3000-pound statue in our pricy ($8 a person!) Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park:

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Oh, here we go, just found this in the SFChron, but I don’t know what “Tajima province Honsha, Japan” means. (Perhaps they meant to say Tajima Province in Honshu, Japan? That would be like saying Atlanta, GA in the American South, I guess.)

Hey, maybe we should make a replica of this thing and send the original back to Japan, how about that?

Hey Look, All the Invasive Frogs are GONE from Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond – Now Back to Normal – Photos

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Here it is, looking pretty normal, or about as normal as you can expect for a quarry pond in human-created Golden Gate Park:

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Now here’s your background:

Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park overrun by Vivian Ho

And here are the troublesome critters themselves – never seen one myself:


Poor little feller. Michael Linnenbach (

And this was the proposal, from a half-decade back:

Let’s just drain the Lily Pond and kill the frogs by Matt Smith

Clearly, it was time to call in the Frog Doctors:


It was time for some rehab. Yes yes yes.

Or, in the words of Rec and Park, “adjusting the PH level” was called for.

“Another example of biological controls to manage pests is the collaboration between the Department and the California Department Fish and Wildlife, in this case, the partnership has eradicated the invasive African Clawed Frogs by adjusting the PH level in the water in Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond”

By that, they meant this – going to the sto’ and then pouring in some motherfucking bleach, man:


Chemicals were everywhere:

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Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. cooked up a batch of white powdery stuff…

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…and they went to town:

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It was a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…

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Check this one-minute video of the place at that time:

PETA, well PETA was NOT happy about any of this:

“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”

I don’t know how all that worked out, but this was the scene a couple months back, via Tony T – ‘dozer and digger:

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And that brings up up to present day, what you can see from the first photo up above.

You can’t visit just yet, as RPD is behind sked, oh well:

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And there you have it.

Nous salouns le retour, Lily Pond!

May you remain frog-free forever…

Knock Knock, It’s Housekeeping! – After You Sleep in Golden Gate Park Overnight, Rec & Park Will Come By to Clean Up

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Here’s one wagonload right here:

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See you tomorow

Our Rec & Park Gods Must Be Crazy: Grassy Knoll in the GGP Panhandle Newly Turfed, But Now Deturfed – Brown Brown

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Here’s shot of a 2000-something square foot knoll from a couple years back, in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle – keep off our expensive new turf, man is what RPD was saying with the temporary cyclone fencing:

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Nice and green, huh? This was the color of the Mound when these volunteers installed a (fake*) Rain Garden, seen on the other side of the benches:

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But now here’s how things stand today betwixt the Panhandle Bathroom Building the and Panhandle Bike Path:

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This brown mound will become a “planted area,” whatever that means:

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Trot out any RPD spokesmodel with an explanation and I’ll have a counter for it. Hey, maybe the Panhandle shouldn’t be one giant lawn? Hey, maybe decisions about how to handle Our Current Drought shouldn’t be driven by the concerns of Area realtors? Hey, maybe we should repave the Panhandle’s currently abysmal Oak-side walking path now and worry about installing a bunch of “irrigation” later? Or, hey, maybe just forget about irrigation and let Gaia take its course?

Just asking.

*Look at the definition and then YOU MAKE THE CALL, Gentle Reader. This “rain garden” is heavily watered, just like the center pivot irrigation circles you see in Flyover Country. 

Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bathroom Graffiti – From “Hetch Hetchy —>” to “Hobo—>” – Good Morning, Sunshine

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

First it was all like this, but now it’s all like this:

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Baker Beach Garbage Pile, Early Sunday Morning

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Our GGNRA feds are not prepared for a dreaded sunny (Satur)day at Baker Beach:

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Unless beach-goers are going to pack all their cardboard all the way home, this is as good as they can do, one supposes…

A Backlash Against Cyclists at the Panhandle Improvement Project Open House in Golden Gate Park – Bike Path Vs. Multi-Use Path

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

[UPDATE: For instance, this, from this AM.]

Well, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition must have sent over a cadre (of its now disempowered, voteless minions) to the latest scoping session / open house / focus group for the proposed Panhandle Improvement Project what took place on Saturday.

Nevertheless, it would appear that the majority of those invited by SFGov through snail mail have a few beefs with the behavior of cyclists on the bike path / multi-use trail on the Fell side of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

Here’s a smattering of written comments:

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Or two:

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In turn, one Brocephus wrote about putting in a bike lane on Oak and Fell, over and over and over:

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I guess that’s a kind of parity.

The people who turned up are probably what SFGov considers The Community, when it ponders on how it spends our money, but, of course, there’s a degree of sample bias.

If SFGov conducted a poll of the actual community, it might discover a different hierarchy of important concerns.

On It Goes…

If San Francisco is So Rich, Why Can’t It Replace the Jogging Path in the Panhandle? People Stumble Every Day, Right?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The walking / jogging path through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle is in infamously poor shape, but SFGov has no plans on doing anything about it anytime soon – that’s the news.

Take a look:

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See that? Among all the aesthetic “improvements” proposed for the Panhandle, the repaving, the one that would be a guaranteed improvement is “un-funded” is the path.

Why’s that?

“Irrigation” – that’s the answer.

Hey, why do we need a new irrigation system, or for that matter, why do we irrigate the Panhandle in the first place?

Why don’t we repave the path and then let artificial grass meadow just live life on its own?

We are in a drought, right?