Category Archives: events in Golden Gate Park

runs, walks, fairs, shows, concerts . . .

The Park: A Love Story

The Helen Crocker Russell Library is pleased to present a new exhibition by photographer Stephen Kane. The exhibit, The Park: A Love Story, celebrates the beauty and diversity of landscapes and flora in our beloved Golden Gate Park. This will be … Continue reading

Posted in arts, events in Golden Gate Park, people, plants, san francisco botanical garden | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

the oldest trees in golden gate park: coastal oak woodlands predate the park

In the north east corner of Golden Gate Park, along Fulton Ave. behind McLaren Lodge and the Conservatory of Flowers, a grove of native coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) offers a glimpse of what the San Francisco peninsula was like before the … Continue reading

Posted in events in Golden Gate Park, plants, trees/urban forest, weeds | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

runaway horse causes havoc in golden gate park (Feb. 21, 1886)

Looking at pictures like this one (South Drive, Golden Gate Park, probably dating to the late nineteenth century, SFPL/AAA-8339), it’s tempting to romanticize the park before the advent of the automobile.  But the following hair-raising report from the San Francisco … Continue reading

Posted in events in Golden Gate Park, history, safety | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

warren hellman meadow: renaming after banjo pickin’ billionaire

‘The Board of Supervisors has voted to recommend renaming Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow after a billionaire financial titan. But Warren Hellman isn’t your ordinary billionaire financial titan, and Speedway Meadow is no ordinary meadow. The 77-year old private equity … Continue reading

Posted in arts, concerts, events in Golden Gate Park, people | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

dancing the lindy in golden gate park

CAROLINA HIDALGO on dancing in the park: ‘It’s late on a sunny morning and people have filled the park. John F. Kennedy Drive is closed to car traffic, as it is every Sunday, and people are biking, skating, jogging, and … Continue reading

Posted in events in Golden Gate Park, people, recreation | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

ghost story in golden gate park, 1912

Here’s a tale for Halloween, a ghostly encounter in Golden Gate Park reported by George Haviland Barron, curator of the de Young Museum, in 1912: “As the hour approached midnight, I decided to take a turn on South Drive before … Continue reading

Posted in events in Golden Gate Park, ghosts, legends, people | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

parks alliance to sponsor talk on golden gate park

The history of Golden Gate 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 … Continue reading

Posted in events in Golden Gate Park, people | Tagged , | 1 Comment