For Immediate Release
July 8, 2011
Contact: Elton Pon
SAN FRANCISCO– Continuing its celebration of National Park and Recreation Month, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department cut the ribbon today on a new and improved Carrousel Plaza in Golden Gate Park after a $1.25 million renovation project.
The project, supported in large part by $960,000 in Proposition 40 grants from the California Department of Parks, included the replacement of the previous large asphalt plaza with integrally colored concrete, stone walls and stairs, a secure and screened trash/recycling storage area, landscape irrigation and planting, and site furnishings.
Perhaps the showpiece of the entire project is the new colorful staircase on the west end of the plaza, which has been decorated by ceramic art tiles made by staff and patrons from the adjacent Sharon Art Studio. The studio provides a wide range of art classes and day camps for children, adults and seniors throughout the year.
“The new plaza is a sight to behold,” said general manager Phil Ginsburg. “Even frequent visitors to the Koret Children’s Playground and the carrousel will be amazed at how fantastic and much more inviting this area of the park is now.”
The adjacent Koret Children’s Playground was renovated in 2007 and a future, third phase of improvements to the area will include the renovation of the existing barn space into a birthday party and picnic area.
In all, the Recreation and Park Department has received nearly $50 million in Proposition 40 grants from the state for renovation projects in Golden Gate Park. The Carrousel Plaza renovation was also supported by nearly $300,000 in Open Space funds.
“My granddaughter will approve,” said Recreation and Park Commission President Mark Buell, who took a moment to test the hot dogs from concessionaire Annie’s Hot Dogs. “The plaza truly is an idyllic spot for families to enjoy all the park has to offer.”