Archive for the ‘parks’ Category

What It Looks Like When SF Rec & Park Evicts You from 24th and Fulton on a Sunday Morning

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Golden Gate Park tent patrol definitely works on weekends:

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Dolores Park Refugees Enjoy Alamo Square Park

Monday, April 14th, 2014

It’s pretty much the same deal.

But instead of the J-Church, you’ve got the 21 Hayes.

And instead of Buy-Rite ice cream cones being across the street, they’re a few blocks away.

Otherwise it’s pretty much the same deal

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All right, have at it.

The Suessian World of Grand View Park – Also Known as Turtle Hill – You’re in a World of Chert

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I suppose it kind of  looks like a turtle:

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Red Blue Green: Tourists High Atop Twin Peaks on a Dreaded Sunny Day, Gawking Away

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Oh look, they have a bus:

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What It Looks Like When the California Academy of Sciences Has a Free Admission Day – A 500-Yard Line in the Rain

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

This is the tail of the snake on JFK Drive:

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Or you can Plan a Visit sometime, your choice.

OMG, Yosemite is 150 Years Old – See “YOSEMITE, A GATHERING OF SPIRIT” Film at the Cal Academy Feb 15-16

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

All the deets below.

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, for the Spirit of Yosemite Festival and catch a special screening of Ken Burns’ Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit. Screenings at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm in the Forum Theater. The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and four-story rainforest, all under one living roof. New and ongoing exhibits and programs offer visitors of all ages fun, engaging opportunities to explore the natural world. All exhibits are included with Academy admission. For tickets visit calacademy.org

Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This act, the first time a government set aside land for public use and enjoyment, gave birth to the national park idea. Yosemite Conservancy partnered with renowned filmmakers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to bring this amazing time in America’s conservation history to life.

Golden Gate Park Panhandle Wagon Train

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

This one’s complicated:

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Philosophical Question: Is the Golden Gate Park Panhandle a Part of Golden Gate Park?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Short answer: Yes and no.

Long answer: Man, this is an oft-asked query on Google, so that’s why I’m making this post.*

Hey, is the Oklahoma Panhandle part of Oklahoma?

Hell to the yes, check it:

Ergo, the Golden Gate Park Panhandle is a part of Golden Gate Park.

(If you like, just do an image search for Golden Gate Park – look, the Panhandle is almost always right in there.)

Oh, but what if the panhandle part of OK seceded and called itself the State of Panhandle?

Mmmm…

Or what if RPD considers the Panhandle a park separate from GGP?

Yeah, that would factor in, but I don’t think the current admin of RPD has like, the power, man, you know, to cut up GGP like that.

Ergo, the Golden Gate Park Panhandle is a part of Golden Gate Park.

Fin.

BONUS: Why is most of the area just north of the GGPP not considered a part of North of Panhandle or NoPA? IDK, ask your realtor.

Fin fin.

*Attention all: A blog post is NOT a blog. A blog post is a post. A post is merely a part of a blog. A bunch of posts together make up a blog And actually, “blog” is a term that comes from “web log.” So to all you lawyers who email me threats from time to time, you look like dinosaurs when you order me to take down my blog when all you really want is for me to take down a particular blog post. Just saying.

The SF Recreation and Park Department Picks a Cold December Day to Confiscate This Communal Tent in GGP

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it’s just 59 degrees up near the ceiling of my living room this chilly AM, but I think I’m getting used to our current cold snap. People who might feel differently would be those who were making this big-ass tent their home in Golden Gate Park as recently as Thursday night.

Man, that was a big-ass tent:

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Do hippies really try to pitch tents within a couple hundred yards of the Conservatory of Flowers? Hippies do. Apparently. I guess it makes for an easy commute to Upper Haight or wherever.

Anyway, here’s the scene about an hour later, with this woman yelling, incredulous, saying, “The tent’s gone? They took the fucking tent?” And dude up the hill was all, ” I tried to stop them.”

I know that RPD staffers get irked by homeless people living in GGP but the 415 is experiencing a pretty epic cold snap these days and Golden Gate Park has the coldest places in the city, like four or five degrees colder than what gets officially reported for San Francisco.

So I think I’d probably let the hippies be until things warm up a bit, just saying.

Beach Chalet Soccer Field Decision is a Clean Victory for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Or so it would appear.

Watch RPD take a victory lap right here:

“Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields Renovation in Golden Gate Park

Beach Chalet Soccer Fields Renovation To Proceed

For Immediate Release
December 4, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the City Fields Foundation announced today that California Superior Court Judge Teri L. Jackson has ruled in favor of the renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

“After considering the evidence, arguments and applicable law, the court DENIES the petition for writ of mandate and DISMISSES the Complaint in entirety,” Judge Jackson stated in her decision,

Judge Jackson found that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and subsequent approvals were conducted in accordance with the law, paving the way for construction to begin. Judge Jackson ruled against the plaintiffs on all four major motions they filed.

“This is a huge victory for the youth in our city who need clean, safe places to play,” said Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of San Francisco Recreation and Parks. “Perhaps the most vetted project in the history of the city, the new Beach Chalet soccer fields will be a welcome addition to the west end of Golden Gate Park and will help activate the area with fun, appropriate activities.”

“Our partnership with Recreation and Parks started nearly eight years ago with one simple goal, making sure that every San Francisco child has a place to play ball,” said Susan Hirsch, Project Director for the City Fields Foundation. “Today, we’re one big step closer to achieving that dream thanks to the tireless commitment of San Francisco’s kids, families, athletes and hundreds of donors making this project possible.”

Primarily used by kids (more than 12,000 play there each year), the Beach Chalet fields are in dangerously poor condition and closed 50% of the time to preserve the condition of the grass fields from heavy use and rain. Currently, the fields are only open by paid reservation and lack spectator seating and amenities.

Today’s judgment is the most recent affirmation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields renovation, continuing a multi-year design, review, approval and appeal process that has included eight votes in front of six different government bodies, including the California Coastal Commission, the SF Board of Supervisors, SF Planning Commission, SF Recreation and Parks Commission, and the Board of Permit Appeals. Each of these bodies has voted in favor of the project, San Francisco Recreation and Parks and the nonprofit City Fields Foundation are jointly funding the $14,000,000 renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields. Construction is anticipated to begin in winter-spring 2014 with completion in 2015.

By installing synthetic turf and field lights, playtime on the fields will triple to more than 14,000 hours of annual playtime, 5,700,000 gallons of water will be saved annually, and the entire facility will become more welcoming with rehabilitated restrooms, spectator seating, a new plaza and small play structure for kids, plus new picnic tables and barbeques for all to enjoy. As synthetic turf can be used continuously with no need to rest for rain or regrowth, free, open play time will also be guaranteed on the fields – something not possible on most other city soccer fields.

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