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April 27, 2020 1:01 PM

Park Street Closures- JFK Drive & John F. Shelley Drive

Beginning Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00am, a portion of John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park and John F. Shelley Drive in John McLaren Park will be closed to vehicles 24 hours per day throughout the duration of San Francisco’s Stay Home Order, which will soon be extended through May. The street closures are intended to ensure there is enough space for people who choose to exercise in Golden Gate Park and McLaren Park to maintain required physical distancing.

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will close JFK Drive to vehicular traffic from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive until the Stay Home Order is lifted. This street closure is the same as the regular Sunday street closure in Golden Gate Park. Shelley Drive in McLaren Park will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the Stay Home Order. The gates at Cambridge and Mansell Streets will be locked, closing the entire Shelley Drive loop to vehicles.

During the closure, the free Golden Gate Park shuttle will operate seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The shuttle will run from McLaren Lodge to JFK Drive and Transverse.

Shuttle stops include:

+ McLaren Lodge (501 Stanyan Street)
+ JFK Drive & Bowling Green Drive
+ Conservatory of Flowers (JFK and Conservatory Drive West)
+ de Young Museum (Music Concourse loop)
+ California Academy of Sciences (Music Concourse loop)
+ Rose Garden (JFK Drive near Park Presidio)
+ Stow Lake (JFK Drive and Stow Lake Drive)
+ JFK and Transverse Drive

Accessible parking is available at the following locations:

+ McLaren Lodge
+ Music Concourse (behind Bandshell)
+ MLK Drive & Music Concourse
+ JFK/Transverse Drive

All shuttle riders are required to wear a mask/face covering and follow guidelines around social distancing.

A visual map of the above information is also available.

While the street closures are intended to increase space for people to get outside, the Department of Public Health and the Recreation and Parks Department remind the public that park users must practice social distancing. People over 60 years of age and/or people who have underlying health conditions, and people who are sick should not leave their homes.

Last week, Mayor Breed and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the Slow Streets program to limit through traffic on select streets. Slow Streets are intended to provide a network of streets that prioritize walking and biking for essential trips while still allowing local vehicle traffic. Please visit for a map of candidate Slow Streets, updated Muni service, and the latest agency updates.

People engaged in the essential activities described in the order must practice the following to avoid getting sick and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

+ Stay at least 6 feet away from other people when on essential outings such as grocery shopping, riding public transit to an essential job, or walking your dog.
+ Face coverings are not required for outdoor exercise, such as walking, hiking, bicycling, or running. However, anyone exercising should have a face covering with them and readily accessible, even if they’re not wearing it at that moment.
+ Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
+ Cover your cough or sneeze.
+ Avoid touching your face.
+ Do not shake hands.
+ Keep common spaces clean to help maintain a healthy environment for you and others. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned regularly with disinfecting sprays, wipes or common household cleaning products.

Other Public Health Orders and recommendations from DPH can be found at Mayoral declarations regarding COVID-19 can be found at

For more information, you can also call 311. For official updates, sign up for the City’s alert service: text COVID19SF to 888-777.

Park Shuttle Stops and Accessible Parking
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