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Golden Gate Parkcast

Back in 1870, it was just dunes in a part of the city dubbed the Outer Lands. 150 years later, Golden Gate Park is the crown jewel of San Francisco. Home to world-class museums, gardens, and events that draw millions of tourists each year. It’s also where locals go to work out and hang out. In honor of the parks’ 150th birthday, we're is gathering stories about the history and sights of what some call San Francisco’s backyard.

Rest Stop

Apr 2, 2020

We’re taking a quick breather this week as our staff adjusts to reporting on how the coronavirus epidemic is affecting our lives. But do not fret! We’ll take you back to the park soon. We have six more episodes planned and, in the meantime, there’s a special virtual park event celebrating Golden Gate Park’s 150th birthday, this Saturday, April 4. Check that out at and stay subscribed for more updates.

March To The Beat Of The Golden Gate Park Band

Mar 26, 2020

We just got a fun workout with the swing dancers on John F. Kennedy Drive. Now, let's catch our breath and wander into the Music Concourse. As we walk along Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, we can see the California Academy of Sciences in front of us, with its skylights and living roof. To our right, the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum looks like a copper-clad battleship beached in the middle of a forest. In between the two cultural attractions is an open-air, oval-shaped plaza with many levels. If you walk down to the other end of the concourse, you’ll find yourself at the bandshell. This is the Spreckels Temple of Music and it's home to the Golden Gate Park Band. The band has brought life to the park every Sunday between April and October every year since 1882. Reporter Steven Short went strolling in the park and here’s what he heard.

Swing Over To Lindy In The Park

Mar 19, 2020

Now, let's climb the steps up and out of the hollow and turn west along John F. Kennedy Drive. The flower garden before the conservatory is full of blooms and people lounging on the grass. It’s a nice, flat walk to our next stop, and we can just see it up ahead. In San Francisco, you don’t have to go to a stuffy nightclub or a formal classroom to learn how to swing dance. If you want to learn the Lindy Hop, you can learn in the great outdoors. Reporter Carolina Hidalgo, who is originally from Chile, was surprised to find the group dancing in full daylight on one of her walks in Golden Gate Park.

Groove On Down To Tunnel Jazz

Mar 12, 2020

We started our tour at the Conservatory of Flowers. Now, we’re back outside. As we walk along the path back toward the street, we see flower beds laid out before us, in fact, there’s a huge clock set into one of the gardens, embedded amongst the blooms. Then, we walk down some steps, and before us, there’s a tunnel. If you’re here on a Saturday, you might hear a sound emerging from it. It’s jazz! Laura Klivans introduces us to the people making the music.

Traverse The Tropics At The Conservatory Of Flowers

Mar 5, 2020

We begin at the Conservatory of Flowers. This 250-foot long building, made of wood and glass, is one of the most elaborate structures in the park. It’s clear to see that this historic landmark is nearly as old as the park itself. Truc Nguyen takes us inside.

PREVIEW: The Golden Gate Parkcast

Feb 27, 2020

It’s time to take a tour of the City’s backyard with “The Golden Gate Parkcast.” Every episode features a different attraction.

From the Conservatory of Flowers to the flycasting pool;  from the bison paddock to Shakespeare’s Garden;  from the model boats to the flower pianos. And we’ll show you some of the hidden stops along the way. Come take a walk in the park.