Golden Gate Park Slow Streets

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What is Golden Gate Park Slow Streets?

In an effort to create safer spaces for people to recreate during the City’s COVID-19 response, we’re providing a virtually car-free route from one end of the park to the other, from Stanyan Street at the east end of the park, to Ocean Beach and the Great Highway at the west end.


Who can use this route?

Run, stroll or roll--- anyone, including bikers, joggers, pedestrians and skaters, can use this route and enjoy nature while adhering to social distancing guidelines.


Is the route completely car-free?

No, there are spots along the route that intersect with regular park traffic or share the road with vehicles:

  • A portion of the route on Transverse Drive, between JFK Drive and Overlook Drive
  • A portion of the Metson/Middle Drive/MLK Drive loop near the south end of the Polo Field
  • The intersection at MLK Drive and Chain of Lakes Drive/41st Avenue 
  • A portion of MLK Drive near Lincoln Way
  • Authorized vehicles, including park maintenance vehicles, park ranger vehicles, and other city department vehicles, will also be using the roads along the route.

ggp slow streets map 

Purple: Slow Streets route/No public vehicles
Green: Autos allowed/Regular traffic
Orange: Shared road along Slow Streets route


Can I still drive through the park?

Yes, traveling through the park from the north or south, drivers can use Transverse Drive, Chain of Lakes Drive, and 25th Ave/Crossover Drive/19th Ave/Park Presidio, as usual.

Some east- and westbound roads will be impacted. The following road restrictions will be in effect during Golden Gate Park Slow Streets:

  • The west portion of MLK Drive, from the Metson/Middle Drive/MLK loop to Lincoln Way, is closed to regular traffic. This includes Bernice Rodgers Way, between MLK Drive and JFK Drive.
  • Overlook Drive and Middle Drive, between Transverse Drive and the Metson/Middle Drive/MLK loop, will be closed to traffic.
  • JFK Drive, between Kezar Drive and Transverse Drive, will remain closed to traffic. This portion of the road had previously been closed during the City’s initial COVID-19 response.
  • The entrance at 8th Avenue and Fulton near JFK Drive and the Music Concourse is closed to vehicular traffic.


How do I drive to my favorite spots in the park?


Getting to the museums, Japanese Tea Garden and Music Concourse


From the north:
John F. Kennedy Drive is currently closed to vehicular traffic from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive. Paid parking is available in the Music Concourse garage as of September 21, 2020, which may be accessed from the Fulton Street and 10th Avenue entrance. 

From the south:
The Music Concourse Garage can be accessed via Music Concourse Drive, off of MLK Drive near 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. There is also street parking along MLK Drive and adjacent streets.


Getting to Stow Lake Boathouse

 

From the north:
Enter the park at 25th Avenue and Fulton. Stay to the right and take Transverse Drive. Stay on Transverse through the park. Turn left onto MLK Drive, crossing the traffic-light-controlled intersection at Crossover Drive. Turn left onto Stow Lake Drive.

From the south:
Stow Lake Drive can be accessed from MLK Drive. Enter the park at either A) 19th Avenue and Lincoln Way, turning right onto MLK Drive, and left onto Stow Lake Drive; or B) 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, staying on MLK Drive and turning right onto Stow Lake Drive.

 

Getting to the Polo Field

 

From the north:
Street parking is available along JFK Drive, near the north side of the Polo Field. Enter the park from 30th Avenue/Fulton, 36th Avenue/Fulton or 43rd Avenue/Chain of Lakes Drive/Fulton to JFK Drive. The south Polo Field parking lot is accessible by entering the park at 25th Avenue and Fulton. Stay right to Transverse Drive. Turn right onto MLK Drive going west. At the fork in the road, stay right onto Metson Road. The Polo Field will be on the right.

From the south:
A) Enter the park at Sunset Boulevard. Make a right onto MLK Drive. Make a sharp left at Metson Road. The south Polo Field parking lot will be on the right. B) Enter the park at 25th Avenue and Lincoln Way. Make a left at MLK Drive. At the fork in the road, stay right onto Metson Road. The Polo Field will be on the right.

 

Getting to the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields

 

From the north:
Enter the park at 47st Avenue and Fulton. Make a slight left onto JFK Drive. The soccer fields will be on the right.

From the south:
Enter the park at 41st Avenue and Lincoln Way to Chain of Lakes Drive, across MLK Drive. Turn left at JFK Drive. JFK Drive will turn slightly right. The soccer fields will be on the left.


How long will Golden Gate Slow Streets be in effect?

Golden Gate Slow Streets will be in effect seven days a week throughout the City’s COVID-19 response.


I have questions. Who can I contact?

If you have any further questions, please email RPDinfo@sfgov.org or if you need immediate assistance please contact Park Ranger Dispatch at (415) 242-6390.

Learn about the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) Slow Streets program