Golden Gate Park
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Healthy Saturdays brings car-free play space!
After years of grassroots organizing on behalf of more car-free space for all San Franciscans, we are proud that Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park has become a permanent thing. Adding on the 40+ years of Car-free Sundays in GG Park, Saturday car-free space is now a reality every year from April thru September on JFK Drive between Tea Garden Dr. (near 8th Ave.) and Transverse Dr.
Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers from the SFBC and our allied organizations who made it happen. Special thanks to Supervisor McGoldrick (the champ on this legislation) and Supervisors Ammiano, Daly, Dufty, Maxwell, Mirkarimi, Peskin, and Sandoval who all voted "Yes" for more car-free space.
Viva Healthy Saturdays!
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The First "Healthy Saturday"
Download the beautiful new Healthy Saturdays poster (Acrobat PDF, 685 Kb)
Saturday May 26, 2007 was an historic first, as skaters, bicyclists, families, and people from throughout the City filled a foggy yet gloriously car-free section of the Park. We were joined by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, who has been our #1 steadfast champion of safe, recreational space for years (check out the fun photos here by Mark Johnson).
So, come out and relax on JFK Drive on Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park — bring your bikes, your skates, your kids, your picnic basket, your frisbees & enjoy the Park as it was intended to be enjoyed!
Healthy Saturdays Wins at the Board
Supporters of more safe, affordable, and accessible public space celebrated a victory for San Franciscans and visitors in April 2007, as a compromise proposal for Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park passed the Board of Supervisors and was signed by the Mayor.
The agreement establishes new car-free space in the Park on Saturdays on JFK Drive between Tea Garden Dr. (near 8th Ave.) and Transverse Dr. for six months each year, April through September.
This victory results from years of organizing by community members and environmental, park, and neighborhood groups who championed an original proposal to make Saturdays just like the popular Sunday space, which offers a longer car-free area between Kezar Drive and Transverse Dr. in the Park. For more info, download our press release.
The study is out — Car-Free Sundays are good for everyone!
A much-anticipated, comprehensive City study (2.6 MB PDF), commissioned by Mayor Newsom and Supervisor McGoldrick last spring and conducted by the SF County Transportation Authority, was finally released on February 14 — the report shows that car-free space in Golden Gate Park more than doubles visitors' usage of the Park, as well as increasing attendance at the de Young Museum and at local businesses, while causing no significant negative impacts on parking or traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods.
SF Bay Guardian: Study bodes well for Saturday road closure in Golden Gate Park
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick has reintroduced Healthy Saturdays legislation at the Board of Supervisors (2/27/07 Board meeting)