Archive for the ‘parks’ Category

Hard at Work or Hardly Working? – On Patrol in Golden Gate Park, Sort Of – Look At Our Toys!

Monday, July 27th, 2015

As seen on JFK Drive:

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Most outfits, including the SFPD, would use dirt bikes for this mission, just saying…

Ranger in Golden Gate Park Takes a Dim View of This Kind of Creative Parking Job

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

I think this one will run the owner more than the ticket for “parking on the grass,” which will only cost you $22 these days.

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Anyway, this approach to parking is unique

The Giant Church in Golden Gate Park: CHRIST EMBASSY, in Our Hall of FLowers – CHURCH, MEET STATE and STATE, MEET CHURCH

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Our iconic Hall of Flowers regularly becomes a House of God, apparently.

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I guess they were they highest bidder? Did they need to hire a lobbyist, a fixer, an expediter, to get this deal through? I know not.

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The Soul is For Hire/
And They’ve Sold the Heart

SFGov Wake-Up Service in Golden Gate Park – Picking Up Gross Things with a Stick Whilst the Sleepers Sleep

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

It’s a living:

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Department of Rec and Parkour: A Couple of Bros Play With/On a Small RPD Shed, As Much As One Can

Monday, June 15th, 2015

As seen in Golden Gate Park:

Just some good ol’ boys/ Never meanin’ no harm

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You know, sometimes people see a structure and then start climbing it, for no reason.

Get Out And Play…

You Can Enter the Japanese Tea Garden for Free Three Hours Each Week, But the New Signs Don’t Tell You – Why’s That?

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Here’s the old sign out in front of the JTG in GGP –  it was there going all the way back to aught-six:

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And here’s the new sign, which is the same except now the free hours are kept secret:

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I guess advertising the free hours on a big sign out front attracted too many skinflints?

Looks that way.

Now back in the day, they’d let you linger after closing hours, but no longer. So you now can’t see the frolicking skunks of after-hours at the JTG

Oh well, that’s Progress for you.

Good Idea: The Panhandle Bike Path Should Be Widened

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

It used to have four foot wide lanes.

Then it got six foot lanes, but now it’s lots busier these days, with all manner of transport upon it:

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And the SFPD and Rec & Park drive upon this path with Crown Victorias all the time too, right?

So what’s wrong with eight foot lanes, I ask you.

(Oh, no other “improvements” are required, no beautification efforts are required, or desired. Just work on the basics, SFGov.)

Low Turnout Mars 75th Anniversary Celebration of Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Let’s see here, it’s been 75 years since we got a botanical garden up and running, thanks to Helene Strybing? OK, then let the party begin. But first, here’s a little background on the toll gates that went up (“temporarily” – IRL permanently, but oh well) a few years back, along with a few other issues:

Antietam at the Arboretum – Public Meeting at Strybing a Kind of Civil War

NY Times: Charging Fees to See the Trees

How the Wealthy Stole 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park

The big question is whether Strybing is for:

People

or

Trees

The answer lately is that Strybing is not for people, but it is for trees, or tree people, anyway. But isn’t it sad how few people venture pass the toll gates and the minimum wage-ish toll takers these days?

And then when the Society actually wants people to come, to an anniversary party, NO ADMITTANCE FEE REQUIRED, people stay away anyway, well, isn’t that kind of sad?

Here it is from the Friend Gate on the busiest day Strybing has seen in years:

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The bulk of the crowd was in the Great Meadow:

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Very bored bartenders. Just one would have sufficed, prolly.

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Were there more performers, bartenders, security guards, Strybing Society leaders, Phil Ginsburgses, Strybing gardeners, bored food truck cooks simply walking around at 12:30PM, and Task Rabbits than Actual Visitors yesterday? I know not.

But hey look, PERFORMANCE ART!

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I’ve never seen a Rec and Park event with sufficient garbage cans and port-a-pottys like this one, in all my quarter century in the 415. The toilets had no smell – they were unused. Imagine that!

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And look at all the bikes parked at expensive, SFGov-mandated(?) SFBC-approved “valet” bicycle parking:

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Oh, here are the bikes, self-parked where you’d expect them. So what’s the valet for? Were you expecting a lot of people?

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Why don’t we simply sell Strybing to the people who want to run Strybing? That way, tax and fee payers would save a lot of money and then the Tree Society people could be even more unfettered – a win-win, IMO.

Anyway, if you alienate the Public, don’t be surprised if they no-show your big birthday party, even if you paid a lot of money for it and you opened the tolls gates to allow FREE ADMITTANCE.

No Rain, Yet Puddles of Water – Big Drought, Yet Green Grass in the Panhandle – Forget About It Jake, It’s Chinatown 94117

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

IMO, RPD should be in the recreation business.

IRL, it’s in the aesthetics business.

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