Posts Tagged ‘parks’

Big-Ass Tent, Fell and Masonic Intersection, Golden Gate Park

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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.

Massive “Private Event” Coming to the GGP Panhandle – Take a Look at This Tent – Party Goes to Sept 17th

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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?

Just asking.

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

  • 10 guests for the cocktail reception, dinner and entrance to exclusive VIP area
  • Golden Gate Park level recognition on 12,000 invitations, signage and Parks Alliance publications
  • 4 regular-day passes to Outside Lands Concert 2016 (subject to availability)

McLaren Park – $5,000

  • 6 guests for the cocktail reception, dinner and entrance to exclusive VIP area
  • McLaren Park level recognition on 12,000 invitations, signage and Parks Alliance publications
  • 2 regular-day passes to Outside Lands Concert 2016 (subject to availability)

Lincoln Park – $2,500

  • 4 guests for the cocktail reception, dinner and entrance to exclusive VIP area
  • Lincoln Park level recognition on 12,000 invitations, signage and Parks Alliance publications

Glen Canyon Park – $1,500

  • 2 guests for the cocktail reception and dinner
  • Glen Canyon Park level recognition on 12,000 invitations, signage and Parks Alliance publications

Park Ambassador – $550

  • 2 guests for the cocktail reception and dinner
  • Invite and encourage 10 or more friends to attend the party
  • Recognition on event website

Individual ticket – $275

Unloved Marissa Mayer Signage has “Taken a Beating” in Golden Gate Park – And Now Area Yahoo Uses Buffalo Paddock Sign as a Bottle Opener

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Get up to speed here, from a couple years ago.

I still don’t know what people are doing to this sign in the Buffalo Paddock* in Golden Gate Park. I don’t think the vandals mind her donating money – what, like $50,000? But I think they don’t like the idea of the thank you sign being planted here. Just a WAG.

Anyway, here it is, taking another beating, this time to pop the top off of a beer bottle, or three:

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Maybe Rec and Park should melt down this rusty sign for reuse and then somehow thank Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue some other way?

*Or is it Bison Paddock? I can’t keep up.

Catching Up with the NEW Stow Lake Boat House – Photos – It’s Just the Same, Except for the “PRIVATE EVENTS”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Well, I guess the transition to the new vendor at our Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park is fully complete, not that you could really tell. Four Yelp stars, currently.

Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of down below – it’s kind of funny.)

Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:

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Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.

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Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.

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Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:

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Oh, this is new – room rentals

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I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.

Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75

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So that’s your update.

Now, here’s what’s become of So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:


Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.

Happy Boating!

RAT PATROL UPDATE: Rec and Park Takes Away Trash Cans at the Panhandle Playground, But Citizens Simply Replace Them with Garbage Bags

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Like this.

You know, for better or worse.

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Get up to speed on this pressing matter right here, but TRIGGER WARNING: Rats!

Oh Look, No More Garbage Cans at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Playground – Why? – Rats – Lots and Lots and Lots of Rats

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Bye bye new-school garbage cans – this is the west side, near Oak and Clayton, and the one on the east side of the playground just recently disappeared as well.

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Why? Because of all the roof rats. I hear tales of ppl seeing up to ten together, scrambling around, generally in the evening hours. Oh here’s the best shot I have at this particular location, taken from far away:

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Speaking of tails, if you see a rat with a tail longer than its body and you’re in Frisco, then you’re looking at a roof rat (Rattus rattus, I’m srsly), which is your basic black rat, I s’pose (as opposed to your Norway rat and whathaveyou)

And here’s what wants to eat it/them at the Panhandle Playground:

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So I suppose the closest trash can is now on the bike path near Fell and Ashbury (or maybe inside the Panhandle Bathroom, but I’ve never ventured inside there).

The Raptors of Rec and Park: Hawk Patiently Awaits Arrival of Roof Rats at Panhandle Playground

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Here’s what’s at the northeast corner of the Panhandle Playground in Golden Gate Park:

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And here’s what wants to eat it/them:

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Someday I’ll get a shot like this, except with a roof rat instead of a gopher.


The Scary, Batlike Hummingbirds of Golden Gate Park – And This Other One has a Costume for Halloween 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

This little critter startled me the other day, as it’s in the same bush where I saw a roof rat a few weeks back.

Dese boids generally have an all-carbs diet, but sometimes they need a little protein. This the last thing some spiders see:

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Sort of looks like a bat to me.

But now it’s time for costumes. This little feller’s mantle is saying, “Hey ladies, look at me!”


(Hey, you know, speaking of scary, area Republican Ron Conway, through his interest in Pinterest, has made more money off of this shot than I have. Taken more than a decade ago with a $4500 camera and $4500 worth of glass it was. I’m in the wrong “business.”)

Happy Halloween!

The Emboldened Roof Rats of San Francisco’s Playgrounds – Say Hello to “Blackie” – WSPTOTC?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Now I’ve seen rats on grass and dirt and whatnot around town, and near garbage cans in the Financh and C-Town and the Fish Wharf, but I aint never seen a full-sized rat strutting about on pavement in a playground in Frisco. And yet, here s/he is:

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I saw what I thought was a dead Norway rat up against a playground fence in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle the other day, but I don’t know much about varmints

All right, Get Out And Play, With Rats!

Selling the Richmond District, Alliteratively! – “Enjoy Our Parks & Piroshki & Biking & Bagels & Beaches & Burgers…”

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Here you go:

An Invest in Neighborhoods grant was awarded to Richmond District YMCA and Geary Merchants Association to install banners along the corridor.”

I don’t know, perhaps I didn’t come across all of these banners, but this version of our Richmond District seems like sunny Santa Monica with a schmear of Caucasian emigres thrown in:

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What is SFGov funding here, a nostalgia trip for the Wizened & White, the Millionaires & Merchants of Geary Blvd?

Could be…

These banners remind me of this effort in North Beach back in The Aughts

I mean, are we talking about the Richmond District of 2015, or of 1915?

(And “burgers,” what? I can think of exactly one burger place in the Richmond District what has more than 3.5 Yelp stars and it is in no way a destination restaurant.)

Tell me, Gentle Reader, what have I missed?

I’ll leave you with this, a neutral snapshot of the Richmond IRL, a perspective NOT funded by SFGov:

The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco, California, developed initially in the late 19th century. It is sandwiched between Presidio of San Francisco (north) and Golden Gate Park (south). It is sometimes confused with Richmond, a city 20 miles (32 km) north of San Francisco. With the Pacific Ocean on its west, the Richmond is known for its foggy weather and colder climate due to the wind chills blowing from the ocean. It is also home to a vast affluent Chinese population and its commercial strips on Geary Blvd. and Clement Street are commonly referred to as the second Chinatown and boasts more highly rated Chinese restaurants than Chinatown itself. The Richmond also has deep Irish and Russian roots and has many Catholic and Orthodox churches.”