Encouraged by the popularity of last summer's World Cup viewing events at Civic Center Plaza, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will host free, family-friendly viewings of this summer's women's competition at the same location.
Between July 9 and July 17, attendees can watch the quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches of the FIFA Women's World Cup on a 13-by-17-foot screen. Read More
Lawyers for the Stow Lake Corp. could not convince a Superior Court judge Tuesday that the company has a legal right to keep managing the Golden Gate Park boathouse, but the saga seems destined to continue.
Oliver Holmes, a lawyer for the longtime boathouse manager, said that his clients will probably appeal a judge’s decision dismissing their lawsuit seeking to throw out a decision awarding the contract to another company. Read More
People in Oakland want to be able to turn parking spaces into common areas, too.An online news nonprofit, Oakland Local, reports that it does not have a permit process like The City’s, but businesses are willing to pay for it. Read More
San Francisco residents will be given a rare opportunity to learn how to cohabitate with coyotes at a free educational talk Thursday evening in Golden Gate Park, according to the Recreation and Park Department.Specialists will discuss the biology of coyotes, their behavior, and why controlling the coyote population by killing the animals doesn’t work, according to department Deputy Director of Public Affairs Connie Chan. Read More
A slew of park advocates have a bone to pick with the Recreation and Park Department for using Golden Gate Park as a revenue source during harsh budget times. For example, Rec and Park has imposed a $7, nonresident Botanical Garden fee, welcomed $70 Segway tours, and has plans for a new manager to build a cafe in the Stow Lake Boathouse. Read More
Citing news reports that Recreation and Park Department staff encouraged the new managers of the Stow Lake boathouse to hire a lobbyist, Supervisor John Avalos asked the city attorney to look into whether staff violated ethical guidelines. Read More
Hey football fans, San Francisco would lose $4.4 million of your money in game-day revenues at Candlestick Park if the NFL does not have a 2011 season. And that’s a “conservative” number.
Officials estimate the net impact would be about $3.5 million after factoring in savings from not having to maintain the grass or clean up after the crowds following 49ers games. Read More
Park officials on Wednesday will explain why a controversial, nonresident fee at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park has not generated as much revenue as expected, but also fight to keep it intact. Read More
Park officials will start taking suggestions again on how to spend a pot of money that was set aside to fix open space eyesores again.The Recreation and Park Department set aside $5 million of bond money for a community opportunity fund and the commission will hear about its status on Thursday. Then park staff will release new applications for the money at one of the mandated workshops on March 21. Read More