Rec and Park proposes ticket to citywide fun

One $65 ticket could soon gain you and your entire family entrance to Coit Tower, the downtown wintertime ice skating rink and a handful of Golden Gate Park attractions under a new proposal from the Recreation and Park Department.

The so-called Urban Green Passport, which was approved this week by the Recreation and Park Commission, would provide two adults and two children with unlimited visits to Coit Tower and the Japanese Tea Garden.

It would also provide ice skating and skate rentals in winter at Justin Herman Plaza, spins on the Carousel in Golden Gate Park and boat rentals at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, department spokesman Elton Pon said.

Membership at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park would be discounted for passport-holders, but the size of the discount hasn’t yet been determined.

The benefits of the passport, which still needs approval from the Board of Supervisors, could be expanded to include discounts on food sold by park concessionaires and on goods and services marketed by other businesses, documents show.

Department staff sets a sales goal of 500 passports in the first year, which would raise $32,500, Pon said.

By 2013, the department aims to sell 4,200 passports annually for $273,000.

“The passport program will prove to be a great value for citizens and families who want to rediscover their parks and become more familiar with the great attractions The City has to offer,” Pon said in an e-mail.

Dee Dee Workman, a consultant at nonprofit San Francisco Beautiful, praised the idea, saying family trips to park attractions in San Francisco are “very expensive” propositions.

“It’s like going to Disneyland,” she said.

But Workman said the attractions included in the passport should be expanded to include more destinations that will keep kids interested for more than one visit.

“I don’t think there’s enough in there for children,” she said. “You drag a kid up to the top of Coit Tower once and that’s about it.”

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Ticket to fun

Passport could include entrance to the following city-run attractions:

Admission to Coit Tower: $5 for adults and youths, $3.50 for seniors, $2 for children
Rides on Golden Gate Park Carrousel: $1.50 for adults and youths, 50 cents for children
Boat rentals at Stow Lake: Starting at $19 per hour
Ice skating and ice skate rentals at Justin Herman Plaza: $12 for adults, $8.50 for children
Admission to Japanese Tea Gardens: $5 for adults, $3 for youths, $1.50 for children

Source: Recreation and Park Department

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