Posts Tagged ‘1900’

Eric Mar was the Star of This Morning’s Golden Gate Park Music Councourse Fountain Ceremony

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A couple hundred souls (including a few “jerkwad NIMBYs”) showed up for this morning’s ceremony at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s your Before Picture from this AM, before Supervisor Eric Mar turned on the fountains.

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There he is, our District 1 Supe working the crowd:

RPD Director Phil Ginsburg was the emcee today:

And always-dapper FAMSF Director John Buchanan and California Academy of Sciences Director Dr. Greg Farrington both addressed the throng…

…while a Barn Owl from the Cal Academy (they have an aviary outside – didn’t know that) ate a nice brunch of dead mice:

So, here’s your After Picture of the Rideout Fountain burbling away: 

After six years, the fountains are back. Enjoy.

Rec and Park Celebrates Music Concourse 110th Anniversary and New Fountains this Friday, Sept. 10th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Leadership elements San Francisco’s backwards-named Rec and Park (where they probably call macaroni and cheese cheese and macaroni) have just announced a small celebration for the 110th anniversary of the Music Concourse as well the refurbished concourse water fountains.

RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg has the deets, below.

And Kamala Kelkar has a bit this AM as well.

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A few months ago, we started a renovation project on the four historic fountains at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park with the ultimate goal of turning on the fountains for the first time in six years.

The job is complete, thanks to $1.1 million from the state’s Prop 40 fund and about $400,000 from our Open Space reserves.

The project comes on the heels of a larger renovation of the entire Music Concourse area that eliminated three acres of paving, created a more pedestrian-friendly space and historically restored the concourse. The Spreckels Temple of Music was re-roofed and its decorative stone features were rejuvenated. New site furnishings, including light fixtures, bike racks, drinking fountains, historic touches, interpretive signs and trash receptacles were also added.

In all, the Music Concourse received more than $12 million from the state, Open Space reserves and $75,000 from Partners in Preservation Grant.

With the renovations of thede Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences also complete, the Music Concourse is now what everyone envisioned: a beautiful, welcoming plaza area that is teeming with activity throughout the week.

On September 10, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll be hosting a celebration event marking the completion of the fountains as well as the entire Concourse area. There’ll be a few brief remarks, entertainment and a small fountain ceremony. I invite all of you to come out and see the splendor of the new Concourse. You’ll like what you see.”

Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi Reopens Hamilton Recreation Center With a Splash

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

This was the scene at Geary and Steiner in the Western Addition / Japantown area today as hundreds gathered to see the debut of the new Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool. This place has it all – basketball, tennis courts, giant murals, the works.

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After hearing a performance from students at the Willie L. Brown, Jr. College Preparatory Academy

…and some brief heckling from Giants Cap, who wants laid-off RPD employees rehired…

…out comes Ross Mirkarimi, your District 5 Supervisor, to give his stemwinder, as seen on this CNN iReport (entitled “‘Bay Area Girls’” Teanage Girls perform [Pat Benatar's 'I love Rock and Roll'] at the Inaugural of the Hamilton Recreation Center”) and then cut the ribbon:

The mise-en-scene inside - it’s like a mini water park. Throw in an orca or two and then there’d be no reason to travel to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (aka Marine World) in Vallejo:

But who’s that atop the ladder for the yellow slide wearing his street clothes? It’s Ross!

Here he comes down the slide…

…and here’s the aftermath, looked like fun. Bill Wilson should have some good shots of the wettened supe. [Like this.]

OTOH, the orange slide is terrifying, apparently:

(I think you’re supposed to cross your arms like you’re an ejecting pilot – that’s what some people were doing in the orange tube/slide contraption.)

Not sure how much it costs to employ six(!) lifeguards (that would seem a lot more than required at slide-free Sava Pool in the Parkside) but oh well.

Bon courage, Ham Rec!