Category Archives: health and safety

public health issues related to the park

Central Park Goes Car-Free Forever on June 27

If New York can do it, surely we can too!! ‘The campaign for a car-free park has lasted more than half century and involved thousands of people. Today’s historic announcement by Mayor de Blasio belongs to all of them. Central … Continue reading

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take a walk in the park to ease brain fatigue

It always amazes me how reliably a walk or a bicycle ride through Golden Gate Park can improve my mood, clear my mind, banish fatigue and increase my sense of well-being.  I don’t think I’m the only one who experiences … Continue reading

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the apple press sculpture in golden gate park

For some reason I always assumed this sculpture was about wine.  That muscled, bare-footed figure evokes for me a beautiful Greek god (Dionysus, Greek god of wine?).  Even on a typical foggy day in the park, he conjures a warm day in late … Continue reading

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Golden Gate Park aquifer to augment Hetch Hetchy water

Here’s an interesting article about the aquifer that underlies Golden Gate Park: “The ongoing California drought and the constant threat of earthquake have driven home the need for The City, which draws 85 percent of its water from the Tuolumne … Continue reading

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Closing the park overnight

This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a long-discussed plan to close the park to the public from midnight to 5 a.m., citing vandalism and dumping as concerns.  City leaders approve overnight park closure plan | http://www.ktvu.com Opponents … Continue reading

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native plant strikes again

“Three San Francisco cops remain on disability after suffering “severe” reactions to poison oak during a Sept. 9 scuffle with a tree-branch-wielding homeless man in Golden Gate Park, police said Thursday.  The incident erupted about 9:15 a.m. when transient William … Continue reading

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victory gardens in golden gate park

Urban farming and community gardening have been time-tested in San Francisco.  Few people today realize that Golden Gate Park was a productive urban farm during World War II. ‘Victory Gardens, also called “war gardens” or “food gardens for defense”, were … Continue reading

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