Christine Gardner is a co-chair and primary organizer for Friday’s Party for the Parks, a collaborative celebratory fundraiser between the San Francisco Parks Trust and the Recreation and Park Department, at Golden Gate Park’s Carousel. For ticket information, visit www.partyfortheparks.org.
What’s the overall goal behind the event? In the past, our goals have been basically to raise awareness of the importance of people getting involved with our parks. The budget deficits are quite glaring here in San Francisco. But it’s also to build a community.
How much are you looking to raise? I think we’re still aiming between $300,000 to $400,000. Last year, we netted over $300,000 from the party, and we’ve actually put that money to work in many areas such as building new trails in Golden Gate Park, putting kids through camp this summer and paying for tools in the gardening sheds.
How important is it to keep these parks open and functional? It’s hugely important to me. I have three young children in The City and I think that’s sort of started my interest in the parks. But I’ve also looked at it through a different lens. As my kids have gotten more involved in their athletics, I realized the common platform parks provide for people being outside and healthy.