Golden Gate Park Named One of U.S.’s Best Public Parks

SAN FRANCISCO—  Golden Gate Park, San Francisco’s 1,017-acre crown jewel, has been named one of America’s Best Public Parks by The Weather Channel, which cited the park’s abundance of walking and hiking trails, lakes, playgrounds, picnic areas, dog-friendly areas, museums and other park amenities.

The Weather Channel is a national television and online media outlet focusing on a wide range of topics, including weather, lifestyle, health, travel, home and garden, and recreation.

“The Weather Channel’s selection of Golden Gate Park as one of the nation’s best public parks is a testament to our long-standing and collective affection for this very special place,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee.  “Golden Gate Park is perhaps the most loved park in the nation as well.”

Joining Golden Gate Park on the list of 15 public parks were New York’s Central Park; Yellowstone National Park; West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.; Yosemite National Park; Grant Park in Chicago; and Acadia National Park in Maine. The complete list can be found here: http://www.weather.com/family-kids/family-time/americas-best-public-parks-20130212

“This is a proud moment for the city of San Francisco, our park users and the men and women who maintain the park on a daily basis,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.  “The best thing about Golden Gate Park is that it’s indeed a public park and accessible to all. Everyone deserves to get out and play.”

San Francisco’s park system was also recently named the Number One Park System in the country by the Trust for Public Land, a national park advocacy organization that creates parks and gardens, builds playgrounds, and sets aside natural land for urban residents across the nation.

An estimated 13 million people visit Golden Gate Park each year.  The park is home to the famed Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  The California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum are also located within the park.  Park visitors enjoy a wide array of recreation activities, including biking, hiking, boating, fly casting, tennis, golf, archery, lawn bowling, soccer and disc golf.  Areas for more passive pursuits include picnic areas, gardens, meadows, dog parks, lakes and waterfalls.

For more information on Golden Gate Park, visit sfrecpark.org.

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