Posts Tagged ‘parks’

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

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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.

Someday…

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!”

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(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.”

The Overflowing Garbage Cans SF Rec and Park NOT LOCATED IN DOLORES PARK – Nonstop Pigeon Parties

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Stenographer-reporters should at least acknowledge a point of view what comes from somewhere other than the politically-connected RPD Spokesmodel and the politically-connected leader of the RPD.

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IMO.

“Get Off From Above My Lawn!” – Slacklining Hippies the Bane of the Panhandle – The First Rule of Park Club

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The First Rule of Park Club is No Slacklining.

And The Second Rule of Park Club is No Slacklining too.

Except this blanket prohibition isn’t in the SF Park Code.

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Isn’t that funny?

The closest thing I can find is  a prohibition against damaging trees.

Is that close enough?

IDTS!

JMO

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But prove me wrong, kids.

Prove me wrong.