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Posted on: May 26, 2020

San Francisco Botanical Garden to Reopen June 1 with Additional Safety Measures

People enjoying San Francisco Botanical Garden

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 26, 2020

Press Contact: Brendan Lange

(415) 497-3268

blange@sfbg.org

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Botanical Garden will re-open to visitors Monday, June 1 with modifications in place to ensure public safety and prevent ...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

SF Examiner: Proposed November Bond Measure Would Invest $200 Million in Parks

Bond Projects

From connecting the community to a clean, restored shoreline in the Bayview to providing safe plazas, recreation centers and gathering spaces for families in SOMA, Visitacion Valley and the Western Addition, a proposed bond for the November ballot would i...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

SF Chronicle: Shaming the shamers: why San Franciscans need to stop finger-pointing

ECC SF Chronicle

This article courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle reveals how concern over Shelter in Place violators can veer into harassment of innocent people. Victims of this misguided shaming include our emergency child care workers and the children in their care...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

#GGP150 Concert Series: A Special Summer Solstice Performance and Comedy Day Classics in the Park

Summer Solstice

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary virtual concert series will continue to bring classic performances from the park to visitors during the month of May.  Today, organizers announced two specially-produced...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2020

SF Closes GGP's JFK Drive & McLaren Park's Shelley Drive to Vehicles

Car Free GGP

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced that beginning Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00am, John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park and John F. Shelley Drive in John McLaren Park will be closed to vehicles 24 hours per day t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2020

GGP Virtual Concert Series Adds Special Livestream Performances for Kids & Families to Line-Up

Under The Hat

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Park’s 150th virtual concert series will bring music, reading and the arts to kids and families with three upcoming livestream concerts that celebrate the park and provide entertainment and fun for famil...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2020

SF Extends Emergency Child & Youth Care Until End of School Year

Emergency Child Care

Mayor London N. Breed today announced that San Francisco’s emergency child and youth care centers will remain open until at least June 2nd to provide a safe place for children of first responders, health care workers, and essential City employee...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 3, 2020

GGP Marks 150th Birthday by Launching Virtual Concert Series

Aerial Photo GGP (1)

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Park turns 150 on Saturday, April 4.  To mark this historic occasion, a virtual concert series is being launched that will bring some of the amazing past outdoor concerts and performances held in the park...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

April 4 Golden Gate Park 150th Anniversary Celebration to be Rescheduled

GGP Aerial

San Francisco, CA – Organizers of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration announced today that a parkwide birthday event on Saturday, April 4, 2020 is being rescheduled for a date later this year. 

“The 150th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2020

Turk-Hyde Mini Park Re-Opens Following Renovation

Turk Hyde Mini Park Reopens 2020 3

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  Turk-Hyde Mini Park, an oasis for preschoolers and their parents in the heart of the Tenderloin, re-opened with updated play equipment and landscaping, as well as a redesign to make the space more accessible and cond...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2020

Golden Gate Park to Welcome Five New Bison

Golden Gate Park Bison New 2020

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Park’s Bison Paddock is doubling in size, with the addition of five young female bison that will be introduced to the public during a special welcome ceremony on Saturday, April 4, 2020 as part of a park...

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Posted on: February 27, 2020

State Awards $8.5 Million for Waterfront Park in India Basin

Looking down a dock out at the water

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced that funding from a voter-approved bond measure to create new parks and recreation opportunities in underserved communities will contribute to the creation of a new park in San F...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2020

GGP 150th Anniversary Celebration to Include Largest Display of AIDS Memorial Quilt in SF History

AIDS Memorial Quilt

SAN FRANCISCO (February 18, 2020) – Organizers of Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary and representatives of the National AIDS Memorial announced today that portions of the iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in Golden Gate ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 5, 2020

$2 Million Gift to Boost Plant Conservation Efforts

SF Botanical Garden

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Botanical Garden is preparing to step into a new role of guarding the world’s plants from extinction with a $2 million gift to help fund a modern nursery, replacing a 50-year-old facility.

This challenge gi...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Improvements to Spreckels Temple of Music Pave the Way for New Community Arts Program at Bandshell

GGP Bandshell

San Francisco, CA – The Spreckels Temple of Music, also known as the Music Concourse Bandshell and one of Golden Gate Park’s historic treasures, will be enhanced this year to celebrate its historic place in the park and open t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 28, 2020

San Francisco Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration of Golden Gate Park's 150th Anniversary

Garland Cut GGP150

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department today hosted Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary kick-off event. They announced that concerts, special exhibits at museums and ga...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Focus on Equity Will Increase Access to Camp Mather for Low-Income Residents

Camp Mather Birch Lake

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced recent initiatives have resulted in expanded access for visitors at Camp Mather, San Francisco’s family camp in the High Sierras. The San Francisco Recreation and Park ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 17, 2019

Community Brings Light to Tenderloin with Holiday Tree Tradition

Boedekker Tree Lighting

SAN FRANCISCO – Joy and neighborhood pride flowed in Boeddeker Park this evening as city leaders joined residents and community groups at the 2nd Annual Tenderloin People’s Holiday Tree Lighting.

State Senator Scott Wiener, Mayor London N. Breed, ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 12, 2019

SF Parks Score High, Continue to Improve in Maintenance, Report Finds

People sitting on benches in an open space

SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco’s parks were better maintained across the city over the past fiscal year, with less disparity between neighborhoods and continued improvements to formerly lower scoring properties, according to a Controller...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 12, 2019

150-Foot Observation Wheel to Offer ‘Bay to Breakers’ Views for Riders During Golden Gate Park’s 150

observation wheel

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced an illuminated 150-foot observation wheel is among the attractions being planned for Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary in 2020. The wheel will provide riders with sweeping views from th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2019

North Beach Celebrates Re-Opening of Washington Square

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Washington Square

SAN FRANCISCO – City officials and neighborhood residents today celebrated the re-opening of iconic Washington Square Park—now greener, drier and more accessible after a $3 million water conservation project that will save 2 million ga...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2019

Community Celebrates Sport Court Makeover at Potrero Rec Center

Potrero Mayors

SAN FRANCISCO – Getting onto the courts at Potrero Recreation Center is now a whole new game,  thanks to major improvements that will delight both basketball and tennis players.

About 50 neighborhood kids joined Mayor London N.  ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 15, 2019

Sloane Stephens Celebrates Upcoming Tennis Center with SF Kids

Sloane Stephens addressing kids

SAN FRANCISCO – A few miles from the whir of construction at the new Golden Gate Park Tennis Center, about 100 elementary school kids were being coached by one of the top tennis players in the world at Hamilton Recreation Center today.

Sloane Ste...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2019

New Sports Field Celebrated at Silver Terrace Playground

City staff with kids' team at Silver Terrace Play Fields

SAN FRANCISCO – Bayview neighbors, kids, and city officials were celebrating the ground beneath their feet today with the completion of a major overhaul of Silver Terrace Playground’s athletic field.

The San Francisco Recreation and Par...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 6, 2019

NFL Players, Veterans Attend Day of Service at Alemany Farm

NFL player providing community service

SAN FRANCISCO – Former and current NFL players teamed up with local veterans and their supporters to weed, mulch, plant and build today at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Alemany Farm.

The San Francisco Recreation and...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 5, 2019

SF Rec and Park Commission to Consider Operator for Golden Gate Park Tennis Center

Aerial view of tennis courts

SAN FRANCISCO – In April, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke ground on its project to transform its 125-year-old Golden Gate Park Tennis Center into one of the best public tennis facilities in the nation. On Thursday, Recreat...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 20, 2019

Two Hiroshima Survivor Trees Planted in Japanese Tea Garden

People planting Hiroshima survivor trees in tea garden

SAN FRANCISCO – Two second generation saplings—descendants of ginkgo trees that survived the nuclear blast on Hiroshima—were planted at the Japanese Tea Garden today in a ceremony that also honored former U.S. Secretary of St...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 16, 2019

Kaiser Permanente Contributes $1.6 Million to Provide Safe and Imaginative Playgrounds for San Franc

little girl on playground

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s playgrounds are getting a major boost thanks to a $1.6 million contribution by Kaiser Permanente to the LetsPlaySF! campaign, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today.

The LetsPlaySF! campaign, a part...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 5, 2019

‘Presidio Wall Playground’ Moves Forward to Replace Julius Kahn

Julius Kahn Playground sign

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission’s Operations Committee today voted to recommend “Presidio Wall Playground” replace the name of the current Julius Kahn Playground.

Presidio Wall was th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2019

Community Celebrates Renovation of Potrero Hill Rec Center Grounds

Potrero Mayors

SAN FRANCISCO – Revamped athletic fields, new sports equipment, improved lighting and accessible pathways were among the major improvements unveiled by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center....

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 23, 2019

State Conservation Grants to Benefit Kids, Seniors, Snakes

light in the Trees

SAN FRANCISCO – Local children, seniors and—yes—snakes will be among the beneficiaries of state conservation grants totaling more than $400,000, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today.

SF Rec and Park’s McLaren Park Visitacion Ave...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Due South Concert Series to be Held at McLaren Park

Due South

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco Parks Alliance, District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai, and Noise Pop are excited to announce the inaugural season of the Due South Concert Series.  Due South is a new s...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 15, 2019

Alice Chalmers Playground Receives $30,000 for Makeover

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company.

Rec and Parks will use the funding towa...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 14, 2019

SF Rec and Parks Head Phil Ginsburg Appointed to State Parks Commission

Phil Ginsburg

SAN FRANCISCO – Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for the past decade, will bring his expertise to the state park system as well.

Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Ginsburg, 52, to the California Sta...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 29, 2019

New Sport Courts Open at Hayes Valley Playground

People with basketballs on Hayes Valley Court

SAN FRANCISCO—Renovated sport courts, including a unique basketball court that doubles as colorful street art, opened amid a community celebration today at the Hayes Valley Playground.

Improvements to the basketball court, including a colorful co...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 15, 2019

In Chan Kaajal Community Garden Wins Livability Award

Flowers at In Chan Kaajal community garden

SAN FRANCISCO – These days, In Chan Kaajal Community Garden is cultivating more than carrots and corn for the Mission District. On Sunday, the community garden located on 17th and Folsom received the Livability Award for its role in creating a c...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 12, 2019

Coit Tower Café to Open at Iconic Landmark

Coit Tower

Coit Tower Café, located in a kiosk steps away from the San Francisco skyline’s 210-foot welcoming beacon, will open today, Friday, July 12. Operated by Acquolina Restaurant in North Beach, Coit Tower Café will also feature...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 3, 2019

Street Soccer to Kick Off Sunday at Civic Center

Youth playing soccer

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is preparing to transform Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and Main Library into a temporary street soccer installation that will serve the diverse community of the Civic Center area.

Two modular t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 27, 2019

TPC Harding Park Hosts Inaugural SF Pride Golf Tournament

People playing golf

SAN FRANCISCO—LGBTQ golfers and allies gathered on the green Wednesday for the first-ever San Francisco Pride Pro-Am Golf Tournament, a historic fundraiser at TPC Harding Park.

The inaugural event was hosted by TPC Harding Park in partnership wit...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2019

World Cup Fever! SF Rec and Park Adds Additional Watch Party Friday for USA v. France

San Francisco Civic Center Park

SAN FRANCISCO—As the competition heats up, the San Francisco Recreation and Park department today announced an additional free, live FIFA Women’s World Cup viewing party to be held this Friday, June 28.

This bonus screening, held in par...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 10, 2020

New Mural on Historic Shipwright’s Cottage Celebrates India Basin Community

India Basin Mural

SAN FRANCISCO – Amid a neighborhood celebration, city officials today unveiled a new mural celebrating the Bayview-Hunters Point community on a historic building that will become an integral part of its future. The block party featured ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 30, 2019

Women’s World Cup to Play Live on the Big Screen at SF Parks

People watching the World Cup on an outdoor screen

SAN FRANCISCO—Looking for a way to kick off summer? The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is hosting free, live FIFA Women’s World Cup viewing parties in this June and July.

The events, held in partnership with the S...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 15, 2019

2019 Conservatory Lighting and Summer Solstice Concert Announced

People seated on the Conservatory lawn

Psychedelic Photosynthesis and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3

  • June 19, 6-10pm
  • Conservatory lighting at approximately 9:15pm

SAN FRANCISCO– Join us for the 3rd annual outtasight, flower-powered night under the stars as we kick off summer with th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2019

Plans Brewing for Flywheel Coffee Kiosk in Golden Gate Park’s East End

Coffee beans

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park officials this week are expected to approve plans for a food and beverage kiosk at the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park, the latest in a series of planned improvements in the area.

The San Fra...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 25, 2019

SF Recreation and Park Department Breaks Ground on Five Playgrounds

City staff interacting with group of children

SAN FRANCISCO – Under the watchful eyes of 45 preschoolers, city officials and community members broke ground today on five playground renovations—a major milestone in a project that promises to transform 13 timeworn play areas used by...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 17, 2019

SF Rec and Parks Breaks Ground on $27M Tennis Center

City staff and kids at GGP Tennis Center Groundbreaking

SAN FRANCISCO – Tennis enthusiasts of all ages gathered today with City officials, the Tennis Coalition of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance to celebrate a new era for public tennis in San Francisco with the groundbreaking of t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2019

McLaren Park Welcomes Improved Community Garden, New Rain Garden

People gathered around a table looking at produce

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s McLaren Community Garden re-opened with additional plots to accommodate four times the number of gardeners. The renovated site, at the west end of Leland Avenue, also features a new greenhouse, ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 14, 2019

Randall Museum Science Fair Winners Head to State Championships

Science Fair

More than 160 students from San Francisco’s public and private schools competed in this year’s San Francisco Middle School Science Fair. Students from Roosevelt Middle School, St. Philip the Apostle, and Notre Dame des Victoires took f...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2019

SF Rec and Park Rolls Out 10 New Sport Wheelchairs for Public Use

Men in wheelchairs playing basketball

SAN FRANCISCO – City officials, wheelchair basketball athletes, and South of Market community members on Wednesday celebrated the addition of 10 new custom sport wheelchairs at Gene Friend Recreation Center—part of the San Francisco Re...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 10, 2020

India Basin Project Receives $5 Million in Funding

Looking down a dock out at the water

The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority on Friday approved the funds for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to remediate and restore the soft-bottom intertidal and subtidal habitat and remove dilapidated structures at 900 Innes Ave. &...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 22, 2019

New Trail Through Oak Woodlands Dedicated to Phil Arnold

Phil Arnold Trail Opening

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today unveiled its new main trail through the Oak Woodlands of Golden Gate Park, dedicating the scenic path to Phil Arnold, a longtime advocate for local parks, open space, and...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2019

Stern Grove Tops List of 2018 Nuptial Spots

Paved trail winding through the trees

SAN FRANCISCO – Sixty-one couples tied the knot amid the towering trees of Stern Grove last year, making it the most popular San Francisco park in which to wed in 2018.

On Valentine’s Day, the San Francisco Recreation and Park ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 13, 2019

SF Residents: Parks Make City More Livable

People walking on a paved walkway flanked by foliage

SAN FRANCISCO –– Seventy eight percent of San Franciscans think the condition of the city’s parks are improving, a bright spot in poll results measuring the public’s satisfaction with city services and issues.

The&am...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 24, 2019

Restroom Monitor Program Expands to Seven Additional Park Locations

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco will dramatically boost the number of park restrooms staffed by trained monitors, part of the City’s commitment to improving quality of life in neighborhoods most in need.

The San Francisco Human Services Commission t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 17, 2019

Recreation and Park Commission Approves Outside Lands Contract Extension

Large crowd and stage at Outside Lands festival

The agreement, which will now go before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for final approval, extends the contract to 2031. Outside Lands, which highlights the City’s music, arts and culinary offerings, draws more than 2 million visitors an...

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