Posts Tagged ‘park’

Exotic Red Foxes Haven’t Been Seen in Frisco Since the Aughts – Where Did They Go?

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

At least not by me.

Most fox sightings around town turn out to be coyotes.

There are some grey foxes up in the Presidio, I believe, but the ones I’ve seen were red foxes, introduced to the bay area for hunting purposes.

For whatever reason, they’re not around anymore…

Golden Gate Park:

This critter here was killed crossing over Crossover Drive, I believe, back in the mid-aughts:

From about 60 yards away. She’ll see you before you see her:

 

Adieu renard: 

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.

 

What Happens to You When You Fly a Drone in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area – Video – Cited on Mt. Tam

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Start at 7:00 and finish at 9:00, so as to avoid a couple instances of the B-word, one more offensive than the other:

(I think the fine is just $125.)

But if you want to make a car commercial, well, I bet that you just might be able to get a permit and then you can fly to your heart’s content.

Jurassic Park Muir Woods: Nedry’s Crash on the Way to the East Dock Re-Enacted on Muir Woods Drive

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Or, Only In Marin.

InGen featured prominently on this RAV4:

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Seems an attempt was made to extricate, but it failed. This could be the denouement of an ill-fated three point turn. Note that other drivers took advantage of some prime parking space with a quickness:

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Apparently, drivers rejected from the normal parking lots of Muir Woods National Monument fall off of the flat part of Muir Woods Road like every day. These occupants here just wanted to turn around, too bad.

Calling for a tow involves hiking to the main gate, one assumes, as cell phone service is spotty at best. (I’m thinking AT&T would have the best chance of attaining one bar, based upon what people I know have experienced.)

BTW, Nedry is nerdy backwards

Five Adorable Grey Fox Babies Under the Boardwalk of Muir Woods Natl. Mnmt. are Creating a Stir

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Just like last year.

One of the playful kits:

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And here’s the stir:

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Annual membership MWNP / MWNM is just $40 (which gets four in at any time for a whole year), but I shan’t renew as the feds are fed up with all the people here, so a privately-operated for-profit parking system is a-coming. (I wasn’t aware that it was so bad to park next to the creek.) Anywho, there are a lot of ways to get in an around Muir Woods without getting in a traffic jam, waiting for parking, or, far that matter, paying any fees at all.

Basically, the toll gate at the main entrance is only for inbound travelers and there are a lot of other entrances.

Anyway, they want fewer people/tourists milling about the main entrance / gift shop, and that’s what they’ll get. I’ll see you all as I exit through the gift shop.

Tree Mail: Major Cell Phone Service Providers Use a Giant Eucalyptus as a Temporary Utility Pole – Entmoot Expected

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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So our downsized and somewhat defunned Bay to Breakers 2017 is a coming this weekend so that means that Frisco’s annual street party will tax the bandwidth of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, so some of those suspects must be responsible for this temporary installation, which will allow all the partiers to get emails and texts and, IDK broadcast live or whatever the kids are into these days.

I’ve never seen this kind of tree-as-utility-pole setup, in all my years.

I’ll tell you, Certain People about town will NOT like seeing this.

I’ll get you started:

Ey yo the government is lies, son
United States of Google, Verizon
They all spies son

Free Shakespeare in the Park Announces “Hamlet” Dates in Frisco: Sept 2 to Oct 1st in the Presidio and McLaren Park

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Well this is something. I expect something like this at from our Presidio Trust but it’s surprising to me to see RPD able to abide a free show in McLaren Park.

Anyway, it’s your choice come September 2017.

All the deets here.

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

35th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in the Park Announces “Hamlet” Dates
July 1 – October 1 in Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City and San Francisco

“Break my heart, for I must hold my tongue.”

San Francisco, CA –San Francisco Shakespeare Festival proudly announces the dates for Hamlet in select venues
across the Bay Area for its annual Free Shakespeare in the Park production. Free Shakespeare in the Park has now been a beloved family tradition in the Bay Area for 35 years, and the company is celebrating that anniversary by producing Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy in the park for the first time.

Directed by SF Shakes Resident Artist Stephen Muterspaugh, Hamlet will feature Davern Wright* in the title role. The
rest of the cast includes Rolf Saxon* as Claudius, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong as Gertrude, Sharon Huff* as Polonius,
Julian Lopez-Morillas* as The Ghost/Player King/1st Gravedigger, Kieran Beccia as Ophelia, Sydney Schwindt as
Laertes, Nathaniel Andalis as Horatio, Melissa Quine* as Rosencrantz/Marcellus/Osric, and Radhika Rao as
Guildenstern/Barnardo/2nd Gravedigger.

The modern-dress production will highlight contemporary political parallels within Hamlet. The play, about the
questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly
about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times. Muterspaugh will direct this
production after co-directing The Taming of the Shrew with Artistic Director Rebecca Ennals in 2014 and directing four seasons of the company’s Shakespeare On Tour. Also returning to the Festival’s mainstage production is Scenic
Designer Jay Lasnik, who designed The Winter’s Tale in 2016.

Bring your family and friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy professional theater at no charge in a beautiful park
setting!

*denotes a member of Actor’s Equity Association

2017 Performance schedule for Hamlet:

Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park, Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue

– Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 pm – Opening
– Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 9 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 pm

Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater, Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Avenue

– Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 pm – Opening
– Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 pm
– Friday, August 4 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 6 at 7:30 pm

Redwood City, grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway

– Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 pm – Opening
– Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 20 at 4:00 pm
– Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 27 at 4:00 pm

San Francisco’s Presidio, Main Post Parade Ground Lawn

– Saturday, September 2 at 2:00 pm – Preview
– Sunday, September 3 at 2:00 pm – Opening
– Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) at 2:00 pm
– Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 pm
– Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm

San Francisco’s McLaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive

– Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 pm – Preview
– Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm – Opening
– Friday, September 29 at 10:00 am
– Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm – CLOSING

Admission is free. For more information, call the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival at (415) 558-0888 or visit
www.sfshakes.org

About San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

The mission of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to
everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education. We accomplish this through the
presentation of Free Shakespeare in the Park and a wide array of education programs: Shakespeare On Tour,
Tailor-Made Residencies, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Midnight Shakespeare, and Shakespeare for All.

Shakespeare On Tour performs an abridged Shakespeare play at schools, libraries, and community centers all over the
state. Tailor-Made Residencies connect teaching artists with classroom teachers for in-class theatre enrichment,
specifically tailored to their learning objectives and their students. Bay Area Shakespeare Camps for ages 4-6, 7-13,
and 12-18 are two-week theatre camps held throughout the Bay Area. Midnight Shakespeare, the Festival’s after-school program for underserved and low-income youth, serves participants in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Antioch.

Shakespeare For All in three Central Valley communities–Salida, Madera, and Chowchilla–gives residents a chance to
stage community productions of Shakespeare’s plays with the assistance and guidance of theater professionals.

Annual 420 Day 2017 – 1) Huge Vapor Cloud; 2) Minors’ Meadow; 3) The Bum Rush; 4) Unnecessary Street Closures 5) SFGov Featherbedding

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

1) Hippie Hill before 4:20 PM:

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Hippie Hill at 4:20 PM:

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2) People were getting carded at the gate, so what to do? How about hang out betwixt Kezar and Stanyan, how’s that? A high school scene:

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3) Alternatively, there’s always the bum rush. Hundreds made it through this one rupture over a period of about three minutes. Security guard in the yellow on the left there knew just what to do – he shut things down with a quickness. You can see some of the lucky ones past the gate to the left of the unecessary ambulance. Why would you bum rush? You’re a minor, you want to bring in your glass bong, and/or you didn’t want to wait so long in line – those are my top three guesses:

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4) Traffic was going pretty good until SFGov started shutting down streets:

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I don’t know why they do this – seems an overreaction:

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So Hayes Street temporarily becomes New Fell Street

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Count the #21 Hayeseses totally stuck in traffic:

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5) So when SFGov complains about how much money it has to spend on Annual 420 Day, leaving aside how much effort it puts into promoting tourism, like how it sent its white collar worker$ to “volunteer,” you know, on the clock, for the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience or whatever the Hell it was called last year, take a look at this unecessary featherbedding – it’s a street sweeper sweeping nothing. How much does this cost, a $1000? IDK

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Anyway, all this foo forall seems a make-work program for SFGov to placate the millionaire homeowners in the area, you know, on Annual 420 Day.

JMO.

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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Rec and Park Cancels Spring – But Here’s What Alamo Square Looks Like from the Wrong Side of the Fence

Friday, March 24th, 2017

I understand how it served RPD to shut down practically all of Alamo Square for more than a year, but I don’t agree with it.

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