TAKE BACK THE PARK
The DAILY DIRT TAKE BACK THE PARK
May 20, 2006
A daily report on the happening in Golden Gate Park(ing
Open Letter to the Mayor: How can we take back
Please tell how we that love and USE Golden Gate Park can Take Back
the Park from those that don’t:
Public/Private “Partnerships” have created a situation
where the Private direct the Public to do their bidding; serving
their pet projects at the loss of serving the needs of the public.
With $250 million expended in the Concourse and another $300+ million
being pored into the Academy, the Music Concourse itself is only
1/3 funded and will not function as a “Concourse” anytime
soon. Tens of thousands.
yourself vetoed the first real “recreational” improvement
in 39 years because a handful of “neighbor” complain
that Healthy Saturdays would bring more people to the Park and ‘might’
compromise their personal quality of life TOTALLY disregarding the
improvement of quality of life for all our citizens.
attitude of the Recreation and Parks Department is to discourage
actual “park” use of Golden Gate Park, to better serve
fee attractions. Your Director Yomi Agunbiade, when ask if he didn’t
agreed Healthy Saturdays would INCREASE recreational use of our
park replied, “But there would be ‘double dippers.’”
Meaning that people might visit the Park on Saturday and Sunday
and telling me directly that I personally should pay extra for using
the Park as a park.
Park has become a dumping ground for the failures of Care Not Cash
with over a thousand homesteaders permanently residing there. The
Superintendent has told me that they have been specifically directed
NOT to displace these souls because they will only move back into
residential neighborhoods and raise the ire of citizens.
Golden Gate Park was created to provide a “pastoral sylvan
retreat” from the screeching chaos of city life and to provide
a “common space” where all our citizens could gather
as equals whatever their economic circumstance. It was NOT created
to be the parking lot for museums to allow the wealthy to parade
their wealth or the short cut for speeding commuters it is today.
Golden Gate Park
was created to provide a “pastoral sylvan retreat” from
the screeching chaos of city life and to provide a “common space”
where all our citizens could gather as equals whatever their economic
circumstance. It was NOT created to be the parking lot for museums to
allow the wealthy to parade their wealth or the short cut for speeding
commuters it is today.
A park full of people is a good thing! This weekend, in the space of
a few hours, 80,000 folks will pass through Golden Gate Park in a totally
unique spectacle of human validation. Be they pushed along in wheelchairs,
or pulling a cart with someone waving a whip, they will be in the Park
as equals; and for the day, friends. This is but one of hundreds of
events and activities that the Park hosts regularly but which are being
squeezed out by your very staff. Those of us that love and appreciate
our fellow humanity ask you Mayor Newsom tell us how we can Take Back
the Park from those that have no need for the parks only for parking
lots and parkways.
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it's not a Park it's a Parking Lot.
coming topic: Why there will be no Music in the Music Concourse,
or Concourse (public gathering space) for that matter.
18,2006 DEDE to allow some of her Oscars to be viewed by visitors
to her museum.
19, 2006 NO
MUSIC IN THE MUSIC CONCOURSE