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May 23, 2006

A daily report on the happening in Golden Gate Park(ing lot)

Those That Ignore History...

In 1898 John McLaren oversay construction of this pedestian tunnel leading from the Concourse to the football field size Avary.


Note that there was a little drainage problem even then in 1910.

As Gordon Chong and Associates were designing Warren Hellman's Concourse Garage, we had a long, and often bloody, battle about whether the tunnels were to even be replaced. The deYoung had completely removed them in their plans. Then the discussion was if using corrugated culvert pipe would be appropriate to replace these historic structures and finally plans for the current new tunnel was drawn up and buried down at the Planning Department.


Sneaking into planning with a little camera (as plans at Planning, even for public structures, are considered proprietary and private), I was able to copy the microfiche and found this elevation view:


The lower rectangle is the garage and the dotted line midway up shows that the planned tunnel was planned to be about 6" low at about its center.

This I tried repeatedly to bring up as an issue as the southern mouth of this tunnel gets most of the runoff of the Roddy Dell and about 10 acres of park. They did put a small drain in the center of the tunnel which has occasionally worked through the previous seasons rains. But only with the contractors crews regularly cleaning out the silt screen.

This was this morning Tuesday May 23, 2006 and the cause of the water was sprinklers left on over the weekend:


The water level in the center of the tunnel is about 5" deep.

The sprinklers left running over the weekend eroded the bank in several places dragging silt down into the tunnel.:

QUESTION? How will Rec and Park prevent this tunnel from being chronically filled with a cesspool of water as they have NO STAFF to maintain any of the Concourse, much less this tunnel and the irrigation system the contractors can't seem to make work correctly?

CONCLUSION: Just another example of the pitfalls of the Private/Public Partnership. The Private make decisions on what is important to THEM and then without an honest public review, aren't even aware of the implications to the Public.

 

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Up coming topic: Why there will be no Music in the Music Concourse, or Concourse (public gathering space) for that matter.

May 18,2006 DEDE to allow some of her Oscars to be viewed by visitors to her museum.

May 19, NO MUSIC IN THE MUSIC CONCOURSE

May 20, An Open Letter to the Mayor: How can we take back our Park?

May 22, Faces of the Bay to Breakers 2006