The City readies for holidays

At a time of the year when most still consider themselves out of range from the initial holiday season fusillade of shopping sales and holiday jingles, The City is organizing and preparing its supplies.

The Recreation and Park Department is growing more than 1,000 poinsettias, more than 200 cyclamen and 200 primrose at its Golden Gate Park nursery to place around the 200 parks, department spokeswoman Rose Dennis said.

Rec and Park staff have already begun meeting to plan the holiday events The City puts on in November and December, she said.

“We did meet with Santa literally on Wednesday because we had to make sure his wardrobe is appropriate,” Dennis said. Heaven forbid Santa should have a Janet Jackson moment.

If he were to have a wardrobe malfunction, he could hide behind the estimated 38-foot tall holiday tree being brought in from Burny, to stand in Civic Center Plaza. To withstand any wind and weather, a 50,000-pound platform will anchor the tree, Dennis said.

Nearly 13,000 lights will decorate the sycamores and holiday tree on Civic Center Plaza as well as Uncle John’s Tree near McClaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park, Dennis said. Uncle John’s Tree will be lit on Nov. 29.

dsmith@examiner.com

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Market Street goes car-free Wednesday — but can the new law be enforced?

Officials say simple rule will keep autos off SF’s main artery

Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 dead in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant, 41, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with… Continue reading

Don’t confuse exhaustion with lack of political might

2020 San Francisco Women’s March proves inspirational

‘Mad Mob’ aims to influence SF City Hall on mental health policies

They are fed up with City Hall telling those who need the services what’s best for them

‘Trump chicken returns to SF Bay with new companion

The Trump Chicken will return to San Francisco Bay on Saturday, but… Continue reading

Most Read