And here’s Friday, 24 hours later:
I just caught a sneak peek of the sixth season of Rec and Park and boy, it’s a doozie:
Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. have cooked up a batch of white powdery chemicals…
…and they’ve applied it to the now-drained Quarry Lake / Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park.
Here’s what the place looks like now:
It’s a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…
…but there’s nary a peep out of those troublesome frogs.
Check this one-minute video of the place – it would be a good place for a seance or some kind of Wiccan ceremony this Halloween.
Here it is, a vast wasteland with the silence broken only by the occasional the calls of Belted Kingfishers (and, for all I know, Everdeen’s Mockingjays as well):
Here’s one example:
And here’s another:
Instead of those events, we now have corporate events, because they provide thousands of dollars to Phil Ginsburg, no questions asked.
Like this tent going up in the Panhandle now. What’s this, Jimmy’s New Car Picnic, sponsored by Ford?
Prolly not, but this tent is from some entity that has effectively outbid all those community events that Phil Ginsburg’s new-school approach has literally chased out of town.
Of course the taggers are having a field day with these new signs in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.*
And look at the goofy colors (are they plum red and plum purple?) that don’t match anything else:
I suppose the big news here is the midnight closing time.** And I suppose the bit about “affixing items to trees” might have to do with the popularity of slacklining these days. And I suppose the reference to “service roads” has to do with the recent hit-and-run death involving an RPD maintenance worker.*** (Do people call up 311 to complain about workers driving on the “bike path?” People do, apparently.)
IMO, the GGP Panhandle is more of a commuter corridor than anything else, so it’s sort of funny to see RPD describe something like somebody taking a Diet Coke across Fell Street as “pack[ing] it in,” but anyway.
IMO, RPD is entirely too obsessed with the concerns of wealthy white homeowners (but that sort of make sense since RPD is basically run by wealthy white homeowners.)
IMO, RPD should have left the harmless Panhandle Bandshell where it was, near Oak and Clayton.
IMO, RPD should have been able to fix the slides at the Panhandle Playground by now, since they got damaged back in May, but oh well. An RPD spokesmodel said, months ago, that the slide assembly “now is undergoing repair” but that was months ago, so I’m forced to assume that that was yet another lie from the ineffectual and money-hungry RPD.
*Is the Panhandle part of Golden Gate Park? Well, is the Oklahoma Panhandle part of Oklahoma? Indeed it is, Gentle Reader.
**The signs put up earlier tell you what time the park is closed, so I suppose these new signs are more “welcoming.”
***The SFPD is free to drive wherever it wants, but I’d be super-nervous about driving my Crown Vic over an urban camper at night if I were a cop. And rear wheel drive grandpa cars aren’t really good on muddy grass anyway, as this photo shows:
At first glance, the “wrap” on this Golden Gate Park shuttle van allowed it to blend in with all the nearby Victorians. Imagine my surprise when I noticed it moving!
I was like, “AHAHAHAHA … remarkable!“
Boy, you got me good, RPD.
Let’s take a peek through the open door:
The part of this lecture that I overheard appeared to do a good job about hammering home the rule about RPD workers not driving* park vehicles on the grass.
Here’s your context, from last year:
*There might be an exception if there’s also a spotter in the cab of the pickup, IDK.
For the life of me, I can’t tell the difference between the bad, terrible, bumpy old Kezar (seen in the background) and the new, wonderful, freshly-paved Kezar (seen in the foreground), you know, except for the color.
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