Golden Gate Park

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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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Pedestrian and Bike Advocates, City Officials Celebrate Golden Gate Park Safety Improvements

SAN FRANCISCO – Bicycle and pedestrian advocates joined city officials today to celebrate the last of 13 raised crosswalks installed recently in Golden Gate Park, capping three years of traffic calming measures in the park as part of the city’s Vision Zero initiative. District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown helped stripe … Continue reading

Community Garden Events This Fall!

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden events this fall, including a Kimchi workshop at the Vis Valley Community Garden (Next to 141 Arleta Avenue) from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. this Sunday, September 29. For additional Community Garden events this fall, click here.

Two Hiroshima Survivor Trees Planted in Japanese Tea Garden

SAN FRANCISCO – Two second generation saplings—descendants of ginkgo trees that survived the nuclear blast on Hiroshima—were planted at the Japanese Tea Garden today in a ceremony that also honored former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Dame Charlotte Malliard Shultz for their advocacy around nuclear disarmament. United Religions … Continue reading

Mountain Lion Spotted at West End of Golden Gate Park, Lake Merced

SAN FRANCISCO – Officials have confirmed two mountain lion sightings in San Francisco since Aug. 21, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. SF Rec and Parks, working with Animal Care & Control and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, posted signs at Golden Gate Park, where a mountain … Continue reading

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Events

Atmospherics Opening Reception on October 16

Oct 16, 2019
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Donald Kinney’s photography exhibit, “Atmospherics” comes to McLaren Lodge (501 Stanyan Street) beginning on Wednesday, October 16 and running through Tuesday, November 26. Join us for the opening celebration on Wednesday, October … Continue reading

White Crown Sparrow Habitat Restoration at the Bison Paddock

Oct 19, 2019
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

Golden Gate Park Nursery Volunteer Project

Oct 20, 2019
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Join the Friends of the Golden Gate Park Nursery at this monthly volunteer workparty from 9 am- 12 noon.  Learn new gardening skills at this unique horticultural resource center that supplies plant … Continue reading

Alvord Lake Volunteer Project

Oct 26, 2019
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

One Found Sound

Oct 27, 2019
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One Found Sound will perform an acoustic classical music concert for small children and their parents.