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Golden Gate Park News

Op-Ed: Should Golden Gate Park have 'locked in' funding? Special

San Francisco - Election time has put voters at a very difficult decision about a very popular and treasured landmark. The future funding of Golden Gate Park is set on the ballot.

Suspect in Bay Area murders said to agree to guilty plea

San Rafael - One of three young drifters charged with killing a hiker in Marin County and a backpacker in Golden Gate Park last year has agreed to a plea deal to testify against the other two, officials said Monday.

Drifters accused of two Bay Area murders plead innocent

San Rafael - Three young transients accused of robbing and killing two people in Northern California have pleaded innocent to murder charges.

San Francisco's Third Eye Blind plans free show on Haight Street

San Francisco - San Francisco alternative rockers Third Eye Blind are planning a free performance next week in the city's famed Haight-Ashbury district.

Drifters accused of two Bay Area murders win delay in proceedings

San Rafael - Court proceedings have been postponed in the case of three drifters accused of a pair of murders on the U.S. West Coast in October.

Op-Ed: A special event for Kindness is 'NeekOn' comes to San Francisco Special

San Francisco - Everyone can experience a little more kindness these days, at least that is what one man sees is a higher purpose in life. So much so it has inspired him to organize the first one-day event in Golden Gate Park to call attention to it.

San Francisco Supervisor takes precautions to annual 'pot party' Special

San Francisco - At noon this past Wednesday April 16, Supervisor London Breed announced a comprehensive plan to deal with the anticipated, un-permitted “420” gathering in Golden Gate Park.

Op-Ed: Sierra Club says judge is in error, ruling in favor of fake grass Special

San Francisco - While the project to completely renovate the soccer fields near the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park got more approval to proceed, this past December members of the Sierra Club say, "odds are, we will appeal."

Holiday lighting in San Francisco with snow and ice skating too Special

San Francisco - While a sudden cold snap has made it cold enough for snow, to usher in more of the spirit of the season, snow was brought into Golden Gate Park to add to the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5.

Botanical Garden plans get passed amid questions of finances Special

San Francisco - Ever-since the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society initiated admission fees to the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, residents near the treasured oasis have been skeptical of plans to upgrade.

Op-Ed: Bluegrass festival in San Francisco a success, but crowded Special

San Francisco - The three-day extravaganza in Golden Gate Park known as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was held at Hellman Hollow and Lindley and Marx Meadows on the weekend of October 4 thru 6.

Op-Ed: Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, Halloween fun in May Special

San Francisco - Thousands converged on the route of the annual 12 kilometer Bay to Breakers run which began at 7 AM at the Embarcadero and finished at the Great Highway at Ocean Beach.

Tree lighting in Golden Gate Park is an annual event for 83 years Special

San Francisco - More than five hundred families came out to enjoy the tree lighting ceremony with games and warm refreshment at John McLaren Lodge in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Mayor evicts Recycling center from Golden Gate Park Special

San Francisco - An eviction notice was issued to the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center on Nov. 29 by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, demanding that the long-standing recycling facility vacate the premises at 780 Frederick Street in less than seven days.

Op-Ed: San Francisco's 'Arb' in danger of privatization some people say Special

San Francisco - Fifty-five acres within Golden Gate Park just off of Lincoln Way and 9th Ave contain over 8,000 species of plants. This select area is known as the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Strybing Arboretum.

Op-Ed: Blossoms appear in Golden Gate Park says spring has arrived in SF Special

San Francisco - When blossoms appear in Golden Gate Park it is Blossom Festival time yes. Yet it also indicates that despite rain or wind, spring time has officially arrived in San Francisco.

$14 million plan for San Francisco Botanical Garden unveiled Special

San Francisco - Executive Director Sue Ann Schiff of the San Francisco Botanical Society made a presentation of the $14 million dollar plans to rebuild the SF Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

Gardener Apprenticeship follows legacy for SF Golden Gate Park Special

San Francisco - The bit of cold weather that suddenly made its way to San Francisco mid-January did not deter gardeners in Golden Gate Park from attending to the trees at the Music Concourse.

Op-Ed: Idealist Grad Fair in San Francisco attracts hundreds Special

San Francisco - Hundreds attended the Idealist Grad Fair in Golden Gate Park at the Hall of Flowers on October 24 seeking direction on future career paths. Over 125 Colleges and Universities were represented all offering advanced degree programs to prospective students.

Outside Festival's success is still no music to residents ears Special

San Francisco - Since its debut in Golden Gate Park four years ago, some residents are still skeptical about the benefits of the annual Out Lands Music Festival concert which converges on the park and then spills out into the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Restored Murphy Windmill in San Francisco gets its cap and vanes Special

San Francisco - Crowds gathered on Sept. 12 at the edge of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park as the Murphy Windmill now restored got its cap placed on top with the help of a gigantic crane.

'Save Don't Pave Golden Gate Park' is now a campaign Special

San Francisco - For long-time residents and those who grew up in San Francisco near Golden Gate Park, the noticeable change in the quality of care that the park receives is very disheartening.

Op-Ed: India Festival in San Francisco is Krishna consciousness of soul Special

San Francisco - This past Aug. 7 over five thousand people attended the 45th annual India Festival sponsored by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Golden Gate Park that Sunday was filled with devotees and visitors alike.

Windmills in San Francisco are an 'old world' treasure Special

San Francisco - San Francisco as a world city has so many things that are of the “old world” as well as the “new” set in a mild climate, which is usually fog in summertime, for all to enjoy.

Golden Gate Park discussion stirred feelings at Commonwealth Club Special

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has been looking a bit withered and weary over the past few years as budget cuts have dwindled funds afforded for gardeners and general upkeep.

Making Golden Gate Park a historic district needs more time Special

Formal discussion to make San Francisco's Golden Gate Park a Historic District was scheduled by the Historic Preservation Commission meeting at City Hall for Feb. 16.
 

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While many of the participants donned all sorts of attire  there were many who decided upon a theme....
While many of the participants donned all sorts of attire, there were many who decided upon a theme. For this couple no words to describe their theme of costume was necessary, it simple said, "San Francisco." And, being near Golden Gate Park, so close to Haight and Ashbury, their costumes evoked something from another time, not too long ago, "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair," kind of mood was everywhere and the weather was ideal. Not too hot and no fog, just lots of fun in the sun.
Thousands attended the annual Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival in Golden Gate Park this past Oct....
Thousands attended the annual Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival in Golden Gate Park this past Oct. 4 through 6, 2013. This photo is from last year, taken by Raphael Kluzniok, The SF Chronicle.
Courtesy of SF Rec. & Park and Hardly Strictly Blue Grass
San Francisco City Supervisor London Breed held a press conference on Wednesday  April 16 to express...
San Francisco City Supervisor London Breed held a press conference on Wednesday, April 16 to express concerns about the annual "4/20" cannabis gathering in Golden Gate Park.
courtesy of Supervisor London Breed's Office
The Bay to Breakers annual event this year on May 19  2013 was filled with people. So much so that e...
The Bay to Breakers annual event this year on May 19, 2013 was filled with people. So much so that extra transportation was available to take revelers, runners and spectators to and from the event. Bauers was among the most visible of the transportation companies, that had charter sized buses to transport crowds back and forth.
Katia Chikasuye was among the hundreds in attendance at the Idealist Grad Fair in Golden Gate Park o...
Katia Chikasuye was among the hundreds in attendance at the Idealist Grad Fair in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 24, 2011. She is aiming for a career in the environmental field.
Photo of a previous year s celebration of the  festival of chariots  in San Francisco s Golden Gate ...
Photo of a previous year's celebration of the "festival of chariots" in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, when the weather was sunny and not the usual fog that is common in summer time in July and August.
Courtesy of Gadadhara Das, of Berkeley, CA
Executive Director Sue Ann Schiff of the San Francisco Botanical Society made a presentation of the ...
Executive Director Sue Ann Schiff of the San Francisco Botanical Society made a presentation of the $14 million dollar plans to rebuild the SF Botanical Gardens and Arboretum to the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP) on Monday January 30.
Courtesy of Sunset Heights Association for Responsible People
Murphy Windmill in Golden Gate Park is getting some long-over due attention and renovation. The adja...
Murphy Windmill in Golden Gate Park is getting some long-over due attention and renovation. The adjacent cottage will undergo a renovation as well.
Families  residents and visitors from everywhere celebrated the 83rd annual holiday tree lighting ce...
Families, residents and visitors from everywhere celebrated the 83rd annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 6, 2012.
Courtesy of SF Recreation and Park Dept
At an estimated cost of $20 to 48 million  the plans to renovated the soccer fields in Golden Gate P...
At an estimated cost of $20 to 48 million, the plans to renovated the soccer fields in Golden Gate Park would cover over seven acres of grass and open space with artificial turf.
Courtesy of The Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter
Stowe Lake in San Francisco s Golden Gate Park.
Photo courtesy of Golden Gate Park Preservation All...
Stowe Lake in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Photo courtesy of Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance
Golden Gate Preservation Alliance
Kristen Hawkes  David Schiller  Michael Truxton and Andy Youngstrom play at the Human Be-in in San F...
Kristen Hawkes, David Schiller, Michael Truxton and Andy Youngstrom play at the Human Be-in in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on September 15, 2012.
Rana Mansour & Kamkaran will be among the performers at the very first  NeekOn  festival in Golden G...
Rana Mansour & Kamkaran will be among the performers at the very first "NeekOn" festival in Golden Gate Park on Sept. 26
Courtesy of NeekOn Festival
Local neighborhood activist Harry Pariser points to the new sign recently placed in one of his favor...
Local neighborhood activist Harry Pariser points to the new sign recently placed in one of his favorite spots in the San Francisco Botanical Garden. He believes the new signs are indicators that the $14 million renovation plans will turn the naturalistic garden oasis into a what he referred to as "a corporate theme park."
Even though the ceremony had ended  people lingered   still watching as work crews attached the  cap...
Even though the ceremony had ended, people lingered still watching as work crews attached the "cap" to the six-story windmill tower.
Courtesy of Michael Russom
Entrance to the new de Young Museum  a prominent landmark in San Francisco s Golden Gate Park.
Entrance to the new de Young Museum, a prominent landmark in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Supervisor London Breed said she was at last year s cannabis gathering and had witnessed under-age d...
Supervisor London Breed said she was at last year's cannabis gathering and had witnessed under-age drinking and fighting. "It was crazy," she later said, "over the top." This is why this year, she and community leaders want the gathering to be maintained and that everyone will be safe.
Courtesy of Supervisor London Breed's Office
Like walking under a cloud of blossoms  the array of blossom trees in Golden Gate Park is a wonderfu...
Like walking under a cloud of blossoms, the array of blossom trees in Golden Gate Park is a wonderful treat, especially in the Tea Gardens which has been delighting visitors every spring for generations.
Nancy Wuerfel had a special hat made for the meeting to illustrated the type of city spending she co...
Nancy Wuerfel had a special hat made for the meeting to illustrated the type of city spending she considers a foolish waste of people's tax dollars. The soccer complex and the water treatment plant proposed projects are among such unwise spending according to Wuerfel.
Sunday May 19  2012 was a perfect weather day in San Francisco for the annual Bay to Breakers Marath...
Sunday May 19, 2012 was a perfect weather day in San Francisco for the annual Bay to Breakers Marathon and running event.