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Impact of Festivals on Golden Gate Park.

Please write to the Board of Supervisors and ask them to curtail the loss of Golden Gate Parkland.  

Early set-up for Outside Lands blocks Park usage

This year the fences began to be put up almost TWO WEEKS before the weekend of the Outside Lands Festival.  On July 30, workers had already cordoned off the grassy meadow and lakes area east of Chain-of-Lakes Drive.  The festival doesn’t begin until August 9-10.  This makes it very difficult for regular park users to get into the area.  There are a few openings in the fence but they are few and far between and we mainly have to “go around”.  Wildlife is spooked by the fencing cutting off their trails.  We are told that the festival heavy machinery has to go into the area “early” but their equipment is just parked there and not used until time for actual set-up of the festival, many days from now.

Why are we inconvenienced year after year?  No one seems to want to rock the boat, as if the festival would just refuse to come to the Park if we don’t play by their rules.  Last year was just as bad: the fencing was installed ten days before and was not taken down until ten days after the end of the festival weekend, a full three weeks’ of restricted access for the citizens of the city who use the Park every day.

 It’s not just an inconvenience; it is an insult for these organizers to come in anytime they like, as if they owned the place.  Please look into this matter.

Courtesy of Mary Anne Miller

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IN DISTRICTS SURROUNDING GOLDEN GATE PARK

Supervisor London Breed

Supervisor Katy Tang

Supervisor Eric Mar

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