Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Teaching Little Ones the Importance of Proper Bicycle Lockage on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Monday, August 14th, 2017

This is how some adults lock their rides:

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Compare that with how this tyke locked his old-school Strider – you’d need to use hand tools to walk away with this bike:

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ADVANTAGE: Area Toddler.

A “Needle Bandit” Strikes Ford Motor Company GoBike Rental Bikes in the Castro Area

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

See?

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That’s Ford, which is a Corporation but also a person that some might not like. In Frisco, that’s two strikes already.

Compare that to what happened to GM back in the day. This is at the Panhandle Playground:

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See that? It used to say:

WELCOME
TO
KID’S KINGDOM
DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL
SATURN DEALER

A Saturn was a kind of crummy General Motors car. Anyway, this subtler form of advertising was just too much for area locals.

I know this might be hard to understand if you’re peering in from Cary, NC or Dearborn, MI or Brooklyn NY while trying to make money here…

SFGov Invites YOU to a FREE DINNER at the Park Branch Library Tonight – New Panhandle Playground – Bring the Kids!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Here’s the news from a few years back and here’s what’s going to happen tonight at our SFPL’s Park Branch Library at 1833 Page near Clayton at 5:30 PM:

“Panhandle Playground Project – Planning Workshop – May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A workshop to discuss future improvements to the Panhandle Playground as part of the Let’s Play SF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Food provided! Children and youth welcome as we will have planning activities geared towards them!

For more information about the Panhandle Playground Project, please visit tinyurl.com/PanhandlePlayground or contact Project Manager Melinda Stockmann at Melinda.Stockmann@sfgov.org or at 415-581-2548.”

But oh, there are a few issues.

1 So who’s paying the millions of dollars SFGov is proposing to spend? Well, they don’t get into that. I assume it’s local tax- and fee-payers. So that’s one of the costs of this project, right?

2. I mention that because destroying the current setup, the popular Kid’s Kingdom playground what’s the current Panhandle Playground, and then putting in a replacement will take, what, months, years? I mean, delays are baked into the cake, right?

Oh, here it is. “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But area residents didn’t cotton to this kind of marketing, so chop chop:

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3. One way to take care of this lengthy shut down issue would be to build the new playground someplace else nearby. THIS IS ONE OF THE CHOICES THAT YOU MIGHT POSSIBLY HAVE INPUT ON TONIGHT. Frankly, I don’t think Rec and Park would really be into moving the site JMO. The current location has a bunch of exotic trees around it, which many find appealing, but given the half-assed way RPD conducts its bidness, there’s a heightened risk of a big old branch coming down and killing somebody someday. Anyway, our RPD seems to think nothing of shutting down playgrounds for basically no reason for like a year, so I don’t think it cares oh well.

Getting rid of the rats should be high on the agenda regardless:

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RPD’s hands are tied about getting rid of rats. They can cull the herd, but getting rid of them altogether, well that’s a gonna be hard. They have some helpers though, to swoop down and carry away the poor little rattus rattus:

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4. But here’s the thing: Once you wrap your head around building the new playground while keeping the current one open, then who’s to say that people would prefer the new one? In fact, the current Kid’s Kingdom Panhandle Playground is remarkably popular, drawing in kids from all over the city. Why? Well mostly it has to do with all the tons of sand. People love the sand. And these days it’s a rare thing in Frisco. You know who hates sand, or at least hates taking care of sand? That’s right, your RPD. Speaking of which, RPD isn’t all that popular and yet the current playground is. So why not get a new RPD and leave the current playground alone?

5. Or better yet, take the money set aside and use it to take care of the Panhandle Playground better – is that so crazy? Ask people who are there and they are shocked that RPD and associated non-profits run by millionaires consider this place a “failing” playground. What makes it a “failure?” Its popularity? The current playground is a beat up Toyota Land Cruiser with 100,000 miles, which means that if you take care of it, maybe spruce it up a bit, then it will last for decades more, right?

6. But, RPD is already set upon getting rid of Kid’s Kingdom, without asking anybody. (Our SFMTA once made the mistake of actually asking if people wanted the crazy, I mean just crazy traffic circles they randomly put on Page, among other places. And the answer was no, we want our stop signs back, by a three to one margin. So this kind of thing is on RPD’s mind when it considers asking people what they want.) And they’re already paying a project manager and they’ve selected the main contractor, so RPD would think it “sad” if they had to give back the millions of dollars set aside.

7. Oh well.

8. And let’s see, is all that sand what’s there bad because of parasites? Well that could be true but it’s not because we don’t have no cats around, at least the way the ‘burbs do.

9. And is there arsenic in the wood at the playground now? Oh, yes there is. But it’s not all that big a deal. Typically, if there’s arsenic in your kid, then it’s going to be from something other than CCA wood. And you’re supposed to wash your hands after leaving, at least that’s what an RPD sign says what’s posted near the eastern entrance.

10. Oh, what’s that, playgrounds have changed so so much in the two decades since (Old) General Motors simply gifted us $100k to put in Kid’s Kingdom? Noooooope! You’re wrong, RPD.

11. But you have a new Theory of Playgrounds that you’re happy to share and discuss? Well, that’s fine, but the people who made Kid’s Kingdom also had theories and I’ll bet if you put them together, cut them up and then presented them to RPD employees, they wouldn’t be able to distinguish betwixt the bad old theories and the great new theories.

12. Oh well.

13. So the current playground is “failing” but the current users don’t have the foggiest idea of what that means, so why doesn’t RPD face up to this?

14. Anyway, you’ve paid for this project, so you deserve some free food at the library. They’ll ask you about your feelings about this and that, like what color should this be kind of thing. One supposes.

15. If the food’s not to your liking, Mickey D’s on Haight has 2 for 1 Happy Meals today, via their app.

16. Adieu Kid’s Kingdom. Many people will miss your ocean of sand, especially the Little Ones. Expect a playground geared more for Big Kids. For Better or Worse. Eventually.

17. OIOW:

“long-suffering playground” [IRL, it’s an extremely popular playground. Its current Yelp rating is 4.5 stars, which is the very definition of almost perfect, right? And hey look, what about the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Yelp rating – it’s much lower, it’s actually just 2.5 stars, right? Is RPD “failing?” Should we simply fire everybody and start over? Hey, why don’t we start using objective measurements, like asking the playground’s existing customers what they think? Is that too radical a notion?]

“finally” [This “framing” assumes 100% of what the millionaire-run Parks Alliance nonprofit says is accurate]

“Victim to time” [Well sure, you could replace this or that at this location, but what’s so wrong with it? What makes it a useless tear-down?]

“frequent wear and tear” [Because it’s popular? We’re going to change it because it’s popular and it gets used?]

“grown-up play” [Turns out it was sixth-graders who busted the slide, per the word on the street]

“the playground pales in comparison to other high-tech kids’ play areas in the city.” [What on Earth could  make a playground “high tech?” Like, “sure this playground is great, but I feel it doesn’t employ the most recent application of science?” Like, who says that? IRL, it’s perfectly fine.]

“failing playgrounds” [But the Panhandle Playground isn’t “failing,” right? Ask all the people who use it and try to find one person who would give it a letter grade of “F“]

“low household income” [Is this area a low household income area? WTF to that. In fact, the 94117 is an extremely high household income place, right? It’s off the charts, actually, nationally speaking. And even locally, it’s anything but a low household income area.]

“low Parks Alliance Report Card grades and rankings.” [Oh, here we go, here’s the problem. What’s the PARC and why does it matter?]

“an early holiday gift to District 5.” [London Breed is thinking “CHRISTMAS” but she says holidays – good for her. But who’s paying for this gift? Oh, we are? So it’s not really a gift, is it, London Claus?]

“high-tech play matting” [I have no fucking idea what this means. Currently, the joint is basically a giant sand box. Is this a bad thing? One supposes that some think so, but one doesn’t know.]

“What would you like to see improved upon in our small neighborhood playground?” [Keeping it the same, except for maintenance, which, if it’s lacking, then whose fault is that? Cough RPD, cough]

Wouldn’t it be ironic, dontcha think, if the Yelp ratings of the Panhandle Playground go down after we spend all those millions of dollars on this simple, functional playground?

We’ll see.

 

Bubble Soccer Comes to Frisco – Just $500 for a Five-on-Five Match – As Seen in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

This could be you, Gentle Reader:

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Beats yet another bouncy house, non?

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This is what it looks like non-birthday situations:

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The Sleeper Cab of This Tractor Trailer is Huge, Bigger Than Some Frisco Apartments – As Seen in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

This thing is yuge compared with what I think of sleeping in a 18-wheeler is like.

BJ could raise a whole troop of  Bears in there, most likely

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So what’s the rent?

The Signage Where Lobos Creek Drains onto Baker Beach Says What Now? – Something About Water Quality?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

FIrst of all, I think our Feds could do a better job with signage here, at Baker Beach:

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And second of all, I think the sign should say that this water is generally OK for kids to play in/around, except for times after it’s been raining. I think.

And there’s this:

San Francisco and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which has jurisdiction over Baker Beach, are working with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on monitoring studies in an attempt to locate the source of the coliform, fecal coliform and enterococci detected where Lobos Creek meets the ocean. “It’s a spring-fed creek. We don’t know what’s causing it,” said Michael Kellogg, the supervising biologist for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “Runoff is not an issue at Lobos Creek, which is percolating ground water.”

Anyway, this is the sign I can remember seeing, but it’s gone now…

Quadrilla is the Best Game Ever, If You’re Three Years Old – And Up – Expensive But Worth It? Maybe

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

This is the marble run: Hape Quadrilla Cyclone.

And here’s how much it costs. Which is to say Amazon will sell this set to you for something between $90-something and $190-something.

Here’s one way to set it up:

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The Wall Street Journal approves, anyway.

Here’s the Cyclone set in action:

And here’s a mish-mash of two other sets:

Oh, made in China, natch.

IDK, read the comments section in Amazon for a few minutes and then You Make The Call.

I myself paid on the low end of Amazon’s absurdly wide pricing range, so I’m not complaining…

Sign of the Times in Frisco: A Playground Just For Dogs

Monday, April 25th, 2016

I don’t know where the closest human playground is from here.

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At first I thought it looked a little bleak for a playground, but then I saw that it was dogs only…

Angry Hippies React to This Large Wooden Plaque at Our Panhandle Playground in Golden Gate Park – WHAT DID IT SAY?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

I know the answer, Gentle Readers, but have at it yourselves.

See? It’s all:

WELCOME

TO

KID’S KINGDOM

DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL

________

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Your job is to fill in the blank.

CLUE: This defacement prolly occurred a long time ago

BEGIN!

Rec and Park’s 86th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is ON, Rain or Shine – Here’s How Things Look Now

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

It’s a bit soggy out there today, but oh well – the show must go on, but perhaps without any (artificial / trucked in) snow this year, one supposes:

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86th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

December 3 @ 4:00 pm8:00 pm

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Join us for our 86th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, featuring sledding, snow play area, rides and games, Cookie Factory, live entertainment, caroling and a visit from Santa!

Free!

Generously supported by Kaiser Permanente, Zynga.org, with support from Devil’s Teeth Bakery and Bi-Rite Market.

McLaren Lodge is located at 501 Stanyan Street in Golden Gate Park.