Posts Tagged ‘Golden Gate Park’

Join SFPA for a stroll through Golden Gate Park’s history

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The history of Golden Gate Park is a composite of stories about people. Many interesting and colorful characters have left memorable footprints in this amazing landscape over the years. Join San Francisco Parks Alliance for an evening with Heath Schenker, local landscape historian and author, and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Davis. Ms. Schenker will recount the stories of some of the fascinating individuals who are part of the rich history of Golden Gate Park,

such as William Hammond Hall, William Randolph Hearst, and Velma Tilden.

Light refreshments will be served.

WHAT: Golden Gate Park: A Stroll Through History
WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: The Orchid Gallery (directly east of The Conservatory of Flowers) in Golden Gate Park
COST: Free to SFPA Members* (If your SFPT membership cards have not expired, or if you’ve donated to NPC since 11/1/10, then you are a current SFPA member.) $10.00 Non-Members
RSVP: Please contact Steve Bowles at 415-750-5440 or by Friday, October 21, 2011

For more details, go to ParksPortal.

Volunteer to enhance a butterfly habitat in Golden Gate Park!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Join SFPA on Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, December 10th!

If you love your parks, and are looking for a meaningful and substantive way to make a positive difference, come on out and volunteer with the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the Recreation and Park Department!

On the second Saturday of every month we enhance butterfly habitat on Strawberry Hill.  We remove invasive weeds, and put in the native plant species that Swallowtails and other butterflies need to thrive! In addition to enhancing habitat, volunteers will learn about the natural and cultural history of Strawberry Hill. All instruction and tools will be provided.

Please wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and dress in layers as the weather can change quickly.  Bring water and a sack lunch.

WHEN December 10th, and the second Saturday of every month, from 10 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Meet at the Boathouse at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park
RSVP: Please contact Julia Brashares at or 415-621-3260 by Thursday, December 8, 2011

For even more information, you can visit ParksPortal.

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Carrousel Plaza renovations unveiled

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

On Friday, July 8, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department unveiled the renovations to the Carrousel Plaza in Golden Gate Park.

Costing $1.26 million, the renovation features new stone walls, stairs, colored concrete (replacing the asphalt), a trash and recycling area, furnishings, landscaping, and a colorful new staircase, located at the plaza’s west end, featuring tile work that was provided by staff-members and patrons from the Sharon Art Studio.

A large portion – $960,000 – of the total cost was funded by state Proposition 40, a $2.6 billion resources bond passed in 2002 known as the “The

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California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act.” The remainder of the Carrousel renovation costs were covered by Open Space funds.

The new-look Carrousel Plaza is part of an ongoing project to reinvigorate Golden Gate Park’s southeast corner. In 2007, the nearby Children’s Playground was renovated (also with Prop. 40 money), and a third phase of renovations is planned that will convert the barn area into a birthday party and picnic area that can be rented for private parties.

Joint statement on recent vandalism in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
San Francisco Parks Trust
San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council
Friends of the Urban Forest
San Francisco Botanical Garden
San Francisco Rose Society
Friends of the Music Concourse

We are deeply troubled by the continued vandalism of our precious park resources. As such, we are restating our commitment to a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful conviction of the person(s) responsible.

The reward has generously been offered by the San Francisco Parks Trust and the Friends of the Urban Forest.

On Thursday, August 19, Recreation and Park Department staff discovered three rose beds and a total of 36 rose bushes had been vandalized at the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park. The bushes had been severely pruned, some to just a few inches high. The extent of the damage is still being determined.

On July 22, Recreation and Park Department staff discovered 16 trees in and around the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park that were sawed off near their bases, effectively killing the trees. This incident was the latest in a handful of similar tree killings in city parks. In all, 44 trees in Golden Gate Park and Lincoln Park have been destroyed since the middle of May, most of them young, recently planted trees.

Anyone with information about the recent tree and rose garden vandalism in Golden Gate Park can contact the Police Department’s Richmond Station at (415)

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666-8000 or SFPD’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. The public can also send a text message to TIP411.