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Nosing Around The Roses In Golden Gate Park

Oct 8, 2019
Chris Hambrick

The Golden Gate Park Rose Garden is an oasis of color and smell, popular among both tourists and honeybees. Fuchsia, red, peach, yellow and white blooms explode everywhere.

John McLaren: The Man Who Planted Two Million Trees

Sep 25, 2019

Just about everyone knows that the largest park in San Francisco is Golden Gate Park. But can you name the second largest one? (The Presidio doesn’t count; that’s federal.) 

Named for John McLaren, San Francisco’s first Superintendent of Parks, McLaren Park is just over 300 acres, about a third the size of its larger and better-known sibling.  

Event Permits Bring Cannabis To Bay Area Music Festivals

Sep 25, 2019
Ariella Markowitz

If you haven’t been to Outside Lands, the music festival held each August in Golden Gate Park, here’s the rundown. The youth, with way better fashion taste than you, are paying 10 dollars for boba tea. Their poor Instagram friends … are hella jealous.

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From our Audiograph archives:

Last week, 14-year-old Maxine McCormick won a pair of gold medals at the world championships in England: for women’s trout accuracy and for salmon distance. So where does a girl go to learn to be the very best? The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Give a hand to the Golden Gate Park Band

May 23, 2018
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Few civic institutions in San Francisco pre-date the 1906 earthquake. One is the cable car, invented here in 1873. Another one is The Golden Gate Park Band. It dates from 1882, when it was a support unit of the California National Guard. Now it’s a Sunday afternoon mainstay at The Spreckles Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park.

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To me, Sunday mornings are sacred, but not for any religious reason. It’s when I head out for a weekly bike ride through Golden Gate Park, and west to Ocean Beach. But one weekend, I decide to go on a Saturday instead. 

Photo by Truc Nguyen

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Cannabis News Roundup: The extra length 4/20 edition

Apr 22, 2016
Steven Short

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

UC campus gets grant to develop “drugged driving” test // San Diego Union-Tribune

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All week long we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

When SF needs money, it holds an auction

Jul 8, 2015
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Public infrastructure – parks, libraries, roads, and sidewalks – surrounds us. But have you ever wondered how any of it actually came into being? A lot needs to happen to create a park – from coming up with the idea in the first place, to environmental reviews, construction, and of course, getting the money to pay for it. In San Francisco, funding for these projects needs to be approved by voters, as was the case with 2012’s Proposition B, which gave the city permission to borrow $195 million to renovate parks, including Golden Gate Park

Cannabis News Roundup: 04.17.15

Apr 17, 2015

DEA head in hot water over sex parties… Marijuana still a Schedule 1 drug… Are eastern Europeans backing dispensaries?... Happy 4/20! … and more.

COPS & COURTS

Judge denies reclassification of marijuana // SFGate.com   U.S. District judge says she was inclined to remove the Schedule 1 classification (the most dangerous) but says that decision belongs to Congress.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

In a quiet spot, just west of the bustle of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, sits a garden dedicated to English literature’s crowned prince: William Shakespeare. Once you make it past the entrance gate and down the worn brick path, you are transported into an English garden filled with manicured flower beds, trimmed lawns, and people escaping the noise of the city.


San Franciscans love to garden, but a backyard is hard to come by if you live in an apartment. And the 36 city-operated community gardens have wait lists with hundreds of names on them.

That’s why the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department had to get creative on the Golden Gate Park Community Garden. 

Cannabis News Roundup: 04.25.14

Apr 25, 2014
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Some drug offenders to benefit from Justice Dept. changes…  Regulation moves forward in California Assembly… E-cigs to be regulated like tobacco… 4/20 recapped… What’s your favorite pot song?… and more.

COPS & COURTS

Non-violent drug offenders to benefit from Justice Dept. overhaul // USA Today

Cannabis News Roundup: 04.18.14

Apr 18, 2014
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NCAA lowers penalties… Martinez outlaws cannabis gardens… Did pot overdose lead to student death?... Cannabis vending machines in Colorado… “420” event in danger of being shut down… Willie Nelson smokes pot!... and more.

LEGALIZATION

City of Martinez bans outdoor cannabis gardens // KTVU-TV      It joins 89 other California cities and counties with restrictions.

Laura Klivans

Betsy. Buttercup. Bambi. Those are not Disney characters but three of the eight female bison that live at the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park. Sarah King, the primary bison keeper, introduces me to them one afternoon. She works with fellow hoofstock fan, Jim Nappi, Curator of Hoofstock and Marsupials at the San Francisco Zoo. Nappi says he and King share a love for bison. 

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Back in 1980, when comedian Jose Simon heard that the San Francisco Chronicle agreed to sponsor a free event, he founded Comedy Day in San Francisco. This Sunday from noon to 5 pm, you can catch more than 40 comedians performing stand-up at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park, as Comedy Day celebrates its 33rd year.

Event organizer Debi Durst has been part of the show from the very beginning. She joined comedians Diane Amos and Marga Gomez in the studio with KALW’s Ben Trefny to talk about Comedy Day.  

Last week, we aired a story produced by KALW’s Ben Trefny and Rai Sue Sussman that discussed Golden Gate Park’s new biking lanes, and it prompted an unprecedented response. Here are some thoughts from our listeners:

Benjamin Grant is the Public Realm and Urban Design program manager at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association – also known as SPUR. He says that means he works on “public space and the physical form of the city.” He also knows quite a bit about the history of parks in the Bay Area.