Tag Archives: walk in the park

searching for spanish monastery stones in golden gate park

Walking in Golden Gate Park you may notice some ornately carved stones, segments of fluted pillars, arches, sculptural reliefs worn smooth by time.  These are remnants of  a medieval Spanish monastery, now scattered throughout the park and put to various … Continue reading

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botanical garden: california section prime time

The next couple of weeks are going to be prime time for California wildflowers in the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.  You can wander through drifts of irises and poppies, with backdrops of ceanothus and currant  .  .  . … Continue reading

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who really designed golden gate park?

Frederick Law Olmsted did not actually design Golden Gate Park, but given the many similarities between Golden Gate Park and Central Park in New York City (which Olmsted did design, famously!), I think he deserves a lot of the credit! … Continue reading

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report says closing roads increases park use

jfk drive on a sunday (photo: http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=JFK_Drive) It’s difficult to measure the public health benefits of urban parks, although intuitively we believe they must be good for our health and well-being.  But some interesting statistics about Golden Gate Park are … Continue reading

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golf in the park

A few weeks ago Golden Gate Park was the setting for my initiation into the sport of golf.  Two friends (experienced but lapsed golfers) had offered to show me how to play.  Arriving at the Club House, we were met … Continue reading

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