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Presidio Update: Say Good-Bye to the Sports Basement and Hello to a New Use for the Old Commissary Building

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Ooh, it’s a beauty contest to see what’s going to replace the Sports Basement near Crissy Field.

I’ll tell you, the proposal from George Lucas stands out, does it not?

Check it:

He’s all, “There is a world of young people who need to be inspired” ‘n stuff.

Consider him a front-runner.

All the deets and info from the 16 contestants:

“CONCEPTS ABOUND FOR RE-USE OF PRESIDIO’S FORMER COMMISSARY BUILDING - WIDE RANGE OF PROPOSALS TO BE CONSIDERED

Presidio of San Francisco (March 5, 2013) – The Presidio Trust announced today that it has received 16 concept proposals for repurposing a stunning site on Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site and national historic landmark district just south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

“We are encouraged with the number and quality of responses and look forward to engaging the public and evaluating concepts over the coming months,” said Craig Middleton, the Trust’s executive director. “Finding a new purpose for this incomparable site clearly has stirred the imaginations of teams from around the country.”

The 16 concepts are:

Absence of Booze/Nudity/Costumes Mars 2010 San Francisco Marathon – Photos of Early Leaders

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

This was the scene this AM at Mile 19 of San Francisco Marathon 2010. The crowd of two coffee-drinking women waited to see which runner would explode through the Stanyan Street Gateway of Golden Gate Park.* See?

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Turns out it was Keith Bechtol from “Team Zombie.” He’s an 25-year-old astophysicist(!) from Stanfoo. Have you ever seen a five-digit bib number runner leading after 20 miles worth of marathon? Look at him go down Haight Street:

And here’s the second runner in the full marathon to make it out of the park, Michael Wardian, zipping by the iconic Haight Street McDonalds:

Looks intense:

There’s your separation, about two-and-a-half regular-size San Francisco city blocks:

Look out Zombie Keith! The non-zombies are gaining on you!

Results! Get all the deets after the jump.

Full Marathon:

1 Keith B 30811 02:23:28 2 Michael W 11 02:25:21 3 Zack E 20988 02:36:16 4 Florian S 90 02:37:08 5 Amir Doron K 20179 02:37:09

Half Marathon #1:

1 Michael D 22534 01:15:10 2 Brett D 22866 01:17:07 3 Matthieu B 23432 01:18:58 4 Justin M 23100 01:19:15 5 Steve L 23091 01:19:44

Half Marathon #2:

1 James G 46014 01:39:08 2 Katherine L 45634 01:40:05 3 Gina H 45307 01:40:14 4 Tim E 45963 01:40:27 5 Ha C 45628 01:42:13

5K:

1 Diane W 90478 00:32:50 2 Erica Y 90214 00:34:08 3 Josie N 92341 00:34:11

Progressive [Far Left] 5k

1 Fred L 92743 00:42:39 2 Amy L 92741 00:42:55 3 Kenna B 92780 00:51:47

Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers!

Moving on…

Frankly, this joint could do with a little nudity, booze, costuming and public urination.

Frankly.

I mean if the NIMBYs aren’t complaining about it, what kind of event do you really have? Wouldn’t the organizers be better off giving each “bandit” as many bagels as s/he could consume? Yes. And doesn’t this race start way, way too early? Yep. Giving in to every demand from the leadership elements of every micro-neighborhood homeowners group – that’s the path of least resistance but is this practice good for your event, SFM?

And hey, how about a costume division next year? Just saying… 

*Speaking of which, note the local high point in Golden Gate Park at Mile 16.5 near Prayerbook Cross. See, they have it pegged at almost 300 feet, per this elevation chart. Yet, the Bay to Breakers people and the MSM claim, every year, that the highest point on the B2B civic event course is the top of Hayes Street Hill (at 215 feet), despite the fact that the B2B route also goes right past Prayerbook Cross on JFK Jr, Drive. In the words of paid shill Dr. Henry Lee“Something is wrong here. Something is terribly wrong.” Also, since I used the phrase “Bay to Breakers,” I now feel an obligation to mention the words “race, racing, or racers,” as many times as possible, as is the practice of the B2B flack team. Race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race… It’s a subliminal suggestion kind of thing to mess with your mind. See?

The organizer of the Bay to Breakers road race confirmed that the 100th running of the venerable 12k race will take place on May 15, 2011. The race, a unique celebration of San Francisco and its racing culture, will institute new measures this year as part of its centennial celebration of the race.

“We cherish the fun aspects of the race that have made it unique worldwide– racers, runners dressed in costumes, centipedes, group running–that add to the excitement of a professional internationally important 12K footrace,” said Angela Fang, general race manager of the Bay to Breakers race. “In the coming months we will be announcing a number of compelling programs to enhance the race and the racing for the racers.”

Or something like that. B2B’s real press release is almost as bad as this.

Anyway, the San Francisco Marathon has an official release. Read it after the jump.

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The Final Sunday Streets for 2009 a Huge Success – More to Come in 2010

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The second Sunday Streets at Ocean Beach in 2009 went off without a hitch over Labor Day weekend. There was a bigger fog situation and a smaller crowd this go around, but that was to be expected.

 The Yelpers loved it, anyway.

District 6 supervisorial candidate Rafael Mandelman was spotted on his bike in Golden Gate Park, and of course, Zackdaddy was there with his “football” at the skating area near Fulton and 6th Avenue:

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So let’s give kudos to Mayor Gavin Newsom for enabling Sunday Streets in San Francisco. Read all about it, below.

See you next year!

    “MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES SUNDAY STREETS BECOMES PERMANENT PROGRAM”

“San Francisco, CA—Days before the final 2009 Sunday Streets event on
September 6, Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the continuation of this
popular event as a permanent program in San Francisco.

“This Sunday’s event is the finale for 2009, but Sunday Streets will be
back in 2010 with more routes, longer hours, more San Francisco
neighborhoods and more programs at each event,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“We have created a new tradition in San Francisco that will improve our
quality of life for years to come.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), co-sponsor of
Sunday Streets 2009, will be the lead agency for the Sunday Streets program
starting in 2010. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office will continue to provide
leadership support for the program, and Livable City, a sustainable
transportation advocacy non-profit, will continue as the fiscal sponsor.

“The SFMTA has been proud to join with our City partners and Livable City
to promote healthy family outdoor activities this summer. Working together
on programs like Sunday Streets, we can increase the use of sustainable
transportation to protect the environment and to ensure the City’s
sustainability for future generations,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA
Executive Director/CEO.

Sunday Streets creates safe, fun car-free space on City streets that give
San Francisco residents and visitors an opportunity to get out and get
active. Temporarily closing some streets to automobile traffic opens them
to people for walking, cycling, skating and playing. Sunday Streets events
create a stronger sense of community in every neighborhood they touch and
throughout the City.

San Francisco’s program began in 2008 with two inaugural events. This year
Sunday Streets featured six events along four different routes throughout
the City: April 26 from Fisherman’s Wharf to AT&T Park along The
Embarcadero; May 10 from AT&T Park to the Bayview neighborhood along the
Bay Trail; two events in the heart of the Mission District on June 7 and
July 19 (the latter coincided with the SF Symphony’s free concert in
Dolores Park); and the last two near the ocean, with a route through Golden
Gate Park and along the Upper Great Highway on August 9 and September 6.

Sunday Streets Main Event Area: Lincoln Way at the Great Highway

  • Free bike rentals provided by Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours
  • Sports Basement ‘Lube Fairies’- free basic bike maintenance and information
  • Sunday Streets main information table and media check-in
  • Sunday Streets Sponsor booths
  • Community Based Organization information tables
  • Food vending from local Sunset Merchants
  • California Academy of Sciences “Penguins to Penguins” activity center
  • Solar Telescope Viewing, 11am-1pm, presented by Morrison Planetarium
    (note: this event is dependent upon weather, clouds or fog cancels)
  • Historic displays from “Playland-Not-at-the-Beach” museum
  • Cyclecide pedal powered amusement rides made out of recycled bikes
  • Kid’s Activities- see list
  • Fitness Activities- see list

Kid’s Activities: Main Event Area (Lincoln/ Great Highway) and Great Highway at Sloat

Presented by the YMCA of San Francisco, and Stonestown Family YMCA

  • Heroix 4 Kids
  • It’s Yoga Kids!
  • Hula Hoops, obstacle course, and kid’s games
  • “Penguins to Penguins” activities, presented by the CA Academy of Sciences and SF Zoo
  • Zoomobile and “Leaping Lemur” game, penguin crafts, SF Zoo- Great Highway at Sloat

Fitness: “Athletes Burn Rubber”

Human tire pull with live music by the Brothers Comatose

Presented by Bianchi Fitness

  • 11a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Rock and Pull
  • 11:30a.m.  & 1 p.m. Rock and Juke

Pets: MLK/South Drive near corner of Lincoln Way and MLK/South

Presented by Happy Hounds Massage

  • Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) adoption information
  • Grateful Dogs Rescue adoption and pet service information

Roller Skating: JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, near 6th Ave

Presented by RollerSoccer International Federation

  • RollerSoccer Demonstrations and games all day
  • Free skating lessons all day

Dance: 2 locations: Lincoln at Great Highway and JFK Drive at 10th Ave in Golden Gate Park

Presented by Cheryl Burke Dance, Boomercize (Great Hwy) and Lindy in the Park (GG Park)

  • 10:00-10:30 Learn to Waltz with Cheryl Burke Dance at Lincoln and Great Highway
  • 10:45-11:15: Rhumba with Cheryl Burke Dance
  • 11:30-1:30 pm: Dance workout with Boomercize
  • 1:30-2:00 pm: Brazilian Samba with Cheryl Burke Dance
  • 11:00-12:30 pm, free swing dance lessons with Lindy in the Park
  • 12:30-2:00 pm, Swing Dance in the Park following lessons

Yoga and Martial Arts:  

MLK Drive near Lincoln in GG Park

  • Yoga Presented by Sunset Beacon Center

Live Music:  

Presented by Riptide (Taraval), Rock the Bike and Young Performers International (GG Park)

Rivera Seawall, Taraval Street Fair, Golden Gate Park/MLK

  • Golden Gate Park- MLK, Pedal Powered stage by Rock the Bike
  • Young Performers International band: “Where’s My Toothbrush”
  • Rivera seawa;;, Bluegrass Jam with the Barbary Ghosts
  • Taraval Street Fair- main stage acts 12:00-6:00 pm

Taraval Street Fair: Taraval Street between 46th and 47th Avenues

Presented by the Riptide

  • Live music on the main stage, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
  • The Shi Tones (members of the Mermen)
  • All of A Sudden
  • Burning Embers
  • Arts and craft by local Sunset artists and merchants

Bike: Taraval and Upper Great Highway

Presented by the Presidio Community YMCA Bike Program and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

  • 150 free bike rentals by
    • Bike & Roll (Taraval)
    • Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours (Lincoln and Great Highway)
  • Bike & Roll’s ‘fun cycle, a bicycle built for seven!
  • Sports Basement “Lube Fairies” (Lincoln and Great Highway)
  • Youth Bike Rodeo by Presidio Community YMCA (Taraval)
  • SFBC’s Freedom From Training Wheels (Taraval)
  • Adult Bike Education hands on lessons (at Free Bike Rental Stations)
  • Electric Bike Demonstrations (Lincoln and Taraval)

Cross-park traffic, use:

  • Chain of Lakes Dr., 41st Ave. in the Sunset or 43rd Ave. in the Richmond
  • Crossover Drive, 19th Ave. in the Sunset or 25th Ave. and Park Presidio in the Richmond
  • Stanyan St. east of Golden Gate Park

For more traffic and transit information, go to: www.sfmta.com

The intersection of Great Highway at Lincoln will not be open to vehicle traffic on Sept. 6 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Sunday Streets Great Highway 2009 a Huge Success

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Well, yesterday’s Sunday Streets went off without a hitch under the pouring sun (after the fog went away, sort of). Check it out at the Richmond District Blog and elsewhere.

Here’s the heart of the party, at the intersection of Lincoln and the Great Highway in the outer Outer Sunset. Click to expand:

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Even auslanders came into The City yesterday to enjoy the Sunday of limited car access:

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Electric bikes everywhere in Golden Gate Park, for rental, for purchase, whichever:

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Plenty of young families made the scene:

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Aikido in the Park? Mochiron, tomodachi:

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It was just a little foggy out near the blue Pacific…

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…but the fog umbrellas proved useful:

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Hey, it’s District 6 Supervisor-Elect Debra Walker getting her ride attention at the free Sports Basement temporary fix-it shop:

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So my Kawasaki Ninja (I kept telling them that it’s just a 600) isn’t welcome but this gas-powered “go-ped” is? Mmmmm

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 A tow is always nice when you’re skateboarding on the Great Highway:

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Plenty of engineers around…

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And a bit of a wait for the N Judah at the end of the day, but oh well.

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Yes DPW was fairly agressive about getting traffic moving again at 2:00 PM and yes, some cars trying to get across GGP were a-honking after waiting a while for the flow of bikes to stop, but all in all, everything seemed to work out.

See you again on September 6, 2009!