Golden Gate Park

Stow Lake Bridge

We’re proud to welcome more than 13 million visitors each year to Golden Gate Park, one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. From a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an oasis–a verdant, horticulturally diverse, and picturesque public space where city dwellers can relax and reconnect with the natural world. The rest, as they say, is history.

Within Golden Gate Park’s 1,017 acres you’ll discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities. To help you plan your visit, we’ve highlighted just a few of the park’s special features and activities below. For more information, stop by McLaren Lodge to pick up a map, get involved, and find out what’s happening in San Francisco’s backyard. For information about reserving facilities for picnicsathletic eventsweddings, and special events, please contact our Permits & Reservations Division at (415) 831-5500.

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Storm Update: Flooding and Closure Alerts

The following is an update of parts of our San Francisco park system that have been affected by the storm. (Updated at 2:10 p.m. PST, December 11, 2014) Flooding: -Palace of Fine Arts (response in progress, PUC dispatching electrician and generator) -MLK Drive in Golden Gate Park from 19th Avenue … Continue reading

Natural Areas Program at Oak Woodlands

A snapshot of the SFRPD Natural Areas Program staff and volunteers taking care of some of the oldest Coastal Live Oak trees in the city of San Francisco at the Oak Woodlands, an extraordinary remnant of native landscape in the northeast corner of Golden Gate Park. Come join the fun … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail opens in celebration of National Trails Day SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of a new urban trail alongside Park Presidio Boulevard in celebration of National Trails Day.  … Continue reading

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Zumba in the Park – GGP Carousel

Dec 21, 2014
women doing zumba

Come party yourself into shape with free Zumba classes. Zumba is a latin-inspired, easy-to-follow calorie-burning dance-fitness party. You will get a great workout while enjoying San Francisco’s wonderful weather, Parks, and Recreation … Continue reading

GGP: Alvord Lake Volunteer Project

Dec 27, 2014
Alvord Lake in Golden Gate Park

Join the SFRPD gardeners and the Alvord Lake Task Force to beautify the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park. A wide range of gardening tasks are available. Light refreshments provided. Please wear … Continue reading

Zumba in the Park – GGP Carousel

Dec 28, 2014
women doing zumba

Come party yourself into shape with free Zumba classes. Zumba is a latin-inspired, easy-to-follow calorie-burning dance-fitness party. You will get a great workout while enjoying San Francisco’s wonderful weather, Parks, and Recreation … Continue reading

Zumba in the Park – GGP Carousel

Jan 4, 2015
women doing zumba

Come party yourself into shape with free Zumba classes. Zumba is a latin-inspired, easy-to-follow calorie-burning dance-fitness party. You will get a great workout while enjoying San Francisco’s wonderful weather, Parks, and Recreation … Continue reading

GGP: Strawberry Hill Butterfly and Trail Project

Jan 10, 2015
Mission Blue Butterfly Making a Comeback

If you love your parks, and are looking for a meaningful and substantive way to make a positive difference, come on out and volunteer with the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the … Continue reading

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