The range of dese boids has increased a lot since I first saw them on the Filbert Steps some 11 years ago:
Speaking of which, they still hang out there, but they aren’t as approachable as back in the day:
Here’s your Construction Closure Advisory:
If you want to see the concomitant propaganda for Supervisor London Breed and Rec & Park, click here.
In mitigation, this whole deal is kind of a nothingburger – they’ll put up a few signs (but not speed limit signs for bike riders, cause, oh no, we wouldn’t want that, no sir) and I guess paint a kind of crosswalk for peds, to signal cyclists that peds cross over the bike path.
(IOW, RPD won’t do jack about the Panhandle’s Southern Path, which is in atrocious condition, ’cause, ’cause, give us more money, is what RPD says. There was a plan to put in irrigation first and then resurface the Oak Street area path, but the irrigation isn’t happening anytime soon, oh well. So I guess when joggers file claims against us, you know, after they fall down due to all the wavy waves of the pavement, RPD / SFGov just pays them off no big deal? Man, RPD is pretty fucked up, I’ll tell you. Anyway, I guess I’ll see joggers take tumbles on a weekly basis from now to eternity.)
Also in mitigation, they’ll open the bike path back up during commuting hours, which is pretty easy since they aren’t really doing anything significant, like widening the paved area to make the bike path 16 feet wide why not, you know, to reflect the increased usage the past decade or two?
Anyway, enjoy your underfunded “pedestrian safety” project, Frisco.
(Which is not to say I’m against painting something to tell some of our more aggressive bike riders to look out for peds in certain areas, but doing this kind of thing is an easy job, not one what requires a million thanks to glorious London Breed, and hey, why not vote for her soon, is basically what RPD is saying.
I mean, take a look:
A certain type of roadie bike rider, who doesn’t want to break stride/cadence/whatever starts seeing red when he (generally he, overwhelmingly, like I can’t ever recall hearing a woman swearing at or seeing one crash into Panhandle peds) sees something like the above, oh well.)
END OF LINE.
“When you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others.”
Or not, your choice. (This is as wide angle as my Samsung phone can go – had to tilt it a bit.)
And once you’ve gained access to THE MIGHTY TENT, there’s another tent to aspire to, the “VIP TENT” what’s either inside of or attached to THE MIGHTY TENT.
How much is Rec and Park making off of this one?
IDK. Hey look, it’s right next to our giant new Oakland Warriors ad, the largest in the GGP.
They’ll start towing cars on Friday…
After you pay your $275 to $10,000 for this shindig, and after you’ve had your name plastered on 12,000 invitations and on “signage,” consider that the people who use the Panhandle Playground right now don’t understand why it’s “failing,” in the words of the Parks Alliance crew, and Rec and Park.
So why not send the $2,000,000(!) what was set aside in 2014(!) to, IDK, our underfunded SFGov employee pension fund, or someplace? You know, instead of shutting down this playground for, what, a year or so, like Alamo Square?
Oh, there’s parasites in the sand? Well, NOT REALLY! (That’s more of a suburban thing, cats ‘n stuff. Aint no cats out in the Panhandle. Lots of rats but no cats.)
Oh, sand is high maintenance? Sorry. Take the 2 mil and use it to pay for upkeep why not? Lots of families come here SPECIFICALLY FOR the sea of sand.
Oh, the arsenic in the wood? Well, NOT REALLY! I’l tell you, if there’s arsenic in your kid, it’s not from the Panhandle Playground. They did a big study ‘n stuff.
Oh what else, you have a new theory of playgrounds? Well guess what, the General Motors people who paid $100k for the existing, perfectly fine playground had a theory of playgrounds as well. Who’s to say that the old theory won’t look better than your 2016 theories, you know, 20 years from now?
Anyway, enjoy your private party on public lands…
Golden Gate Park – $10,000
McLaren Park – $5,000
Lincoln Park – $2,500
Glen Canyon Park – $1,500
Park Ambassador – $550
Individual ticket – $275
Four stories for us and one for what must be a giant spider
But come anyway, for free, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays afore 10:00 AM…
[UPDATE: Will the new logo be for the Warriors, like this recent effort, or will Centre Court feature something called the “Good Tidings Foundation,” located, oddly, down in the Peninsula. It all has to do with the all-important “donor recognition plan” and the “donor recognition court markings.” Note that there is “no known opposition” to all these square yards of blue paint, mostly ’cause most people don’t know about it yet. Mostly. Oh, and if you wanted local support for your corporate logos from people in the Haight Ashbury area, you’d be better off calling your nonprofit the Good Wiccan Foundation, and I’m srsly. Merry part.]
And here’s how things looked in late August – new blacktop and new blackboards, about what I expected:
But oh ho, now it’s all like this – an ocean of blue.
IDK, man, isn’t that a bit much?
And look, here’s what’s coming – a GSW roundel in the middle. Like this:
I’ll tell you a story.
Just south of the (formerly) blacktop courts of the Panhandle…
…lies the Panhandle Playground. It looks like this:
It’s a Kid’s Kingdom, just like many other playgrounds in America. General Motors paid for it back in the 1990’s. But of course now you can’t see who paid for it because Area Residents chipped away at the dedication plaque until it became illegible. It used to say, “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.”
See what I mean here? This sign was pretty subtle compared with what the Oakland Warriors have in store for us.
How big will the logo be? IDK, exactly. But will it be the largest corporate logo in Golden Gate Park? We’ll see.
Oh what’s that? All this is for Nate Thurmond who just passed on? Well yeah, but it already was for Nate. See?
This pedestal has been here since the year 2000:
Somehow, we managed to honor Nate without a sea of blue paint.
Here’s the agreement itself, if case you want to paint GGP in your own corporate colors.
“…a grant-in-place, valued at approximately $25,000 to perform maintenance and repairs to the Courts (the “Grant”) including, without limitation: Resurfacing the courts Painting new court lines and center court symbol Demolishing the existing basketball post and backboard systems Installing new basketball post and backboard systems…”
Take a look yourself at the contract with SFGov. It says the courts “need” new paint, but, in fact, they didn’t. Paint some new court lines, sure, but where is all this blueness mentioned in the K itself? We managed just fine without the Ocean of Blue we have now and the yellow “symbol” (logo) we’ll soon get, right?
The blue dominates the dojo now, wouldn’t you agree?
And oh yeah, the regulars don’t like the courts being closed. So they lash out:
Actually, the courts have been playable for a while now, but I guess they’re still fenced off in anticipation of the ribbon cutting on Saturday. (Oh, and the hoops themselves each have plastic chastity belt covers locked on to prevent any premature use.)
Anyway, here’s your notice:
All right, let’s leave this scene…
..and ponder whether GM should be allowed to buy a $25,000 ad on the neighboring Panhandle Playground. After all, GM paid for the playground originally, and they’d even pay for all the materials for their giant logo ad. And what the heck, we could let them paint everything GM Cobalt Blue (#0F3796; 15, 55, 150), as long as they paid for the paint itself, and then Everybody Would Know how great GM is. So what’s the diff between this idea and the actual deal Rec and Park just agreed to?
I’ll tell you, the GSW new logo (one supposes it will be installed afore September 10th, 2016, the day of its coming out party) will be seen, every day, by many many UCSF people from the nearby Parnassus Campus. How do you think they’re going to react when they see it, after all the Warriors have done to screw over UCSF at Mission Bay?
“GRANT AGREEMENT AND PERMIT TO ENTER Between Good Tidings Foundation and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (dated June 23, 2016 for reference purposes) This Grant Acceptance Agreement and Permit to Enter (the “Agreement”), is dated for reference purposes only as of _________________, 2016, by and between the City and County of San Francisco (“City”), acting through the Recreation and Park Department (the “Department” or “RPD”), and Good Tidings Foundation (“Good Tidings”), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties”) yada yada yada…
I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen this old statue in the Music Concourse area like this:
Before, there was a lot of shrubbery around the thing, to hide it, I thought. But now, most of that shielding is all gone.
Oh, here’s what I had to say back in aught-ten. Hey, do you suppose that the recent pruning could open up SFGov for a constitutional challenge?
Mmmm. I’ll tell you, in the past, judges have concerned themselves with how prominent religious symbols can be. Like with the nearby Prayerbook Cross and the Mount Davidson Cross.
Anyway, I’ll look into this. I’m just saying that this cross has become A LOT more prominent…
You’d think the Oakland Warriors would be paying for blacktop ball in, IDK, Oakland?
Wonder if they’ll be able to advertise here, the way they fixed things at the (failed? failing? improving?) Willie Brown Academy…
We’ll find out Sept 10th.