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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What's New

Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project Construction Starting Soon in Golden Gate Park

Rec and Park has issued NTP (Notice to Proceed) to Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. for this coming Tuesday, June 5, which starts the clock on the construction contract, which will include work until early 2019. Restoration and construction work will occur in stages throughout the Oak Woodlands. Individual … Continue reading

Garden Resource Day and Community Garden Workshops in June

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops in June, including our second Garden Resource Day of 2018 at Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden (780 Frederick Street) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Grab some compost and mulch for your garden and … Continue reading

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All Day I Dream

Jun 30, 2018
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A Saturday afternoon picnic with yoga and music.

Panhandle Park Volunteer Project

Jul 14, 2018
Panhandle Stewards

Get to know your neighbors at this monthly Panhandle Volunteer Project. The North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association needs your help to beautify and maintain the basketball court and landscape around the … Continue reading

GGP: Strawberry Hill Butterfly and Trail Project

Jul 14, 2018
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 Recreation and Park Department! … Continue reading

White Crown Sparrow Habitat Restoration at the Bison Paddock

Jul 21, 2018
GGP Bison Paddock

Volunteer with the Audubon Society at the Bison Paddock of Golden Gate Park and help to restore the habitat of the endangered white crown sparrow.  Lend a hand with weeding and tending … Continue reading

The San Francisco Orchid Society Summer Show and Sale

Jul 21, 2018
Orchids In The Park

Join the San Francisco Orchid Society for their Orchids in the Park – Summer Show and Sale at the Hall of Flowers (1199 9th Avenue) on July 21 and 22. Admission is $5 … Continue reading

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