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|Anglers Lodge||(415) 831-2700||1232 John F Kennedy Dr||San Francisco||CA||94121||Activity or Art Center||GGP||District 1||Accessible||Yes||Yes||2,013||37.7679962||-122.4965669||
Tucked away in the park’s western end, just across from the Bison Paddock, are three serene pools and a rustic mountain-style lodge, home to the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. Generations of San Franciscans have learned to fly-fish here, and people come from around the world to participate in tournaments and other events. The pools are open to anyone who would like to practice their casting technique, free of charge, and members are often happy to provide tips. A free public casting clinic is offered the second Saturday of every month. Beginners are welcome, and rods are provided to those who don’t have their own.
Both the ponds and the wood-and-stone lodge were built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1938. The lodge, open to the public whenever a member is present, has a library of books and tapes on fishing, as well as club memorabilia and photographs, and the building itself is worth a visit for its charming handcrafted details. Visit in spring to see the rhododendron garden in all its blooming glory.
The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, organized in 1933, was an offshoot of the San Francisco Fly Casting Club, which dates back to 1894. Originally situated at Stow Lake, the club moved to its present location upon completion of the facilities in 1939. The club offers a variety of classes in addition to its free clinics, many open to the general public. Membership is open to anyone who has an interesting in fly-fishing, regardless of where they live – the club boasts members from all over the world.
The Angler’s Lodge and fly-casting ponds are on John F. Kennedy Drive, across from the Bison Paddock.
|Bowling Green Clubhouse||(415) 487-8787||310 Bowling Green Dr||San Francisco||CA||94117||Activity or Art Center||GGP||District 1||Accessible||Yes||Yes||2,741||37.7685986||-122.4589681||
The San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club (SFLBC) is an organization committed to the health and well-being of it members, to the community, and to fostering and promoting the game of lawn bowls. It is an easy-to-learn, yet highly competitive sport that can be played and enjoyed by people of all ages and levels of physical fitness.
General Information Free lessons are available every Wednesday at noon or at any specific time by appointment with any designated Club Instructor. In the late spring and summer, additional lessons are given during evenings. Further information on lessons is posted on the front of the Clubhouse. Telephone 415/487-8787 for greens information or to leave a message. The San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club is conveniently located in beautiful Golden Gate Park, near Sharon Meadow and the Carousel.
A bowler can progress at his or her own pace and take as many lessons as needed, either to aspire to tournament-level skills or enjoy the game at a social level. After receiving adequate instructions on the basics of the game bowlers are welcomed to join the Club.
|County Fair Building||(415) 831-5500||1199 9th Ave||San Francisco||CA||94122||Activity or Art Center||GGP||District 1||Accessible||Yes||Yes||24,720||37.7664993||-122.4671492||
With event space for 50 to 2,000, the County Fair Building is one of the most popular venues in the city for community events, meetings, weddings and other private parties. Featuring a total of approximately 30,000 square feet of event space and four separate rooms, plus a patio and courtyard, the County Fair Building (also known as the Hall of Flowers) is a flexible space that can be molded to fit your needs.
|EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park||(415) 676-1394||32 Jennings Street||San Francisco||CA||94124||Activity or Art Center, Museum or Landmark||PSA 3||District 10||Accessible||Yes - Lot Available -Limited Availability||Yes||37.7397105||-122.3758765||
The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park is a unique treasure in the Bayview Hunter’s Point Community. It is a space for environmental education, workshops, assembly and place where youth, families and community can gather and engage with nature. The EcoCenter facility was designed to be a classroom and serve as a model of green building technology. It is an off-the-grid facility with its own solar energy system including a living roof, sustainable building materials, on-site wastewater treatment and rainwater harvesting and resuse systems. In July of 2013, the EcoCenter was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute with LEED PLATINUM-Leader in Energy and Environmental Design.
The EcoCenter was designed by Toby Long Design and was a collaborative project between Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) the Port of San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the California Coastal Conservancy for the benefit and enjoyment of the Bayview Hunter’s Point Community and beyond.
The Park and Facility is owned and maintained by the Port of San Francisco and operated by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.
Reoccurring Activities at the EcoCenter:
Come get your groove on with Zumba Instructor Iza, fluff your feathers, absorb the sun’s rays and views the EcoCenter has to offer every Friday from 2:00-3:00pm.
Sunday Trail Engagement
Come delve a little deeper and learn about the EcoCenter and Heron’s Head Park through your very own senses. See what lurks with your own two eyes, hear the complex range of sounds from bustling urbans scapes to the subtle sounds of the bay, use your hands to explore the grooves and textures of animals past and present, and enjoy the pleasant fragrance of Native Flora.
Healthy Parks Healthy People every 4th Saturday from 10:00-12:00pm
In partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area, a collaborative effort between 40 local agencies, SF Rec and Park presents its Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative. Explore our city’s natural areas while socializing with new friends, feeling fit, and finding new inspiration in our city’s native plants and wildlife.
Our professional RPD Guides will provide a short interpretive program designed specifically for each location. The staff will have first aid equipment and are certified in CPR. Please remember to bring your water and sun protection.
Drop-in Volunteer Workdays
Come lend a hand and help weed, water, prune, remove trash and take care of the EcoCenter landsacpe and Heron’s Head Park. Tools, water and light snacks provided. All volunteers must sign waiver.
First time at Heron’s Head Park? Maybe you’re a regular? Whatever the case…come join us on this guided tour of the EcoCenter and Heron’s Head Park. Learn about the building, the development of this park and current program offerings while mingling and getting your steps in. Meet your neighbors and fellow park advocates in this relaxed easy paced tour.
Amateur Bird Walks every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10:00-12:00pm
Interested in learning how to Bird within a flock of like-minded individuals? Then come join us and learn some basic tips and tricks in a safe non-judgmental learning environment. Expert birders welcome but this is an amateur group intended to be a starting point for folks with zero birding experience.
|Golden Gate Park Senior Center||(415) 666-7079||6101 Fulton St||San Francisco||CA||94121||Activity or Art Center||GGP||District 1||Accessible||Yes||Yes||8,882||37.7715165||-122.4970075||
The Golden Gate Park Senior Center is a recreation center dedicated to the enjoyment of quality activities for all seniors age 55 and over. Our goal is to provide seniors with programs to improve/maintain their physical, intellectual, and social well being. We offer classes to seniors, who are interested in dancing, exercise, bridge games, art classes, bingo, language classes, and more. We are located on the North West side of Golden Gate Park.
|Harvey Milk Photo Center||(415) 554-9522||50 Scott St||San Francisco||CA||94117||Activity or Art Center||PSA 6||District 8||Accessible||No||Yes||9,944||37.7695678||-122.4345397||
Established in the early 1940’s, The San Francisco Photography Center is the oldest public darkroom in the United States. Moved to the Harvey Milk Recreation Center in 1957. The Photo Center has been a cornerstone of arts programming almost since the building’s inception.
Our members enjoy full use of the very large darkroom and film processing areas, at extremely reasonable prices. Offering a wide variety of weekly classes and Saturday workshops and orientations in both film and digital photography, and open to anyone interested in photography regardless of experience.
The SF Photo Center is continuing to improve and expand its’ facilities, and the scope of its unique program offerings, gallery and ongoing exhibits which showcases the wide creative talents and unique viewpoints of our members.
All of these engaging, fun classes, and programs are offered to the public, and can be taken from teens to adults. Photo Center classes are taught by working professionals within the industry, in both fine arts and commercial photography.
|Harvey Milk Rec Arts Center||6am to 10pm||(415) 554-8742||50 Scott St||San Francisco||CA||94117||Restroom, Activity or Art Center||PSA 6||District 8||Accessible||No||Yes||9,944||37.7695678||-122.4345397||
Overlooking beautiful Duboce Park, the Harvey Milk Center for the Recreational Arts is as unique as the Civil Rights leader it was named for. Originally dedicated to the Performing Arts, the building, commonly called “Drama, Dance & Music”, was headquarters for the Performing Arts Division of the Recreation and Park Department since its construction in 1954. Duboce Park itself, has been a location for arts programming since the early 1920’s when the women volunteers of the San Francisco Urban Story League performed puppet shows and storytelling in the park for children.
The 23,125 sq ft center reopened to the public after an impressive $12 million renovation to the 55 year old building. Dedicated now to the Visual as well as the Performing Arts, the Harvey Milk Arts Center has quickly become the City’s newest Digital Destination with state-of-the-art technological facilities including brand new Sound Recording Studio & Digital Labs.
Located in the southwestern side of Duboce Park, the Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Building is also home to the Recreation & Park Department’s exceptional San Francisco Photo Center – the oldest (and one of the largest) public darkrooms for traditional black & white process printing still in existence in the United States. The building also features a multitude of arts & recreational programming in our expansive Ballroom, Dance Studio, Art Studios, multiple Exhibition Galleries and the Scott Street Labyrinth.
Part of a quartet of Arts Centers, under the Cultural Arts Division, the building was officially re-dedicated in 1979 to Harvey Milk as tribute to the slain City Supervisor after his assassination in 1978. The building’s recent redesign plays homage to the storied history of the recreational center & Harvey Milk, himself, in the form of a San Francisco Arts Commission suite of permanent art installations conceived of by artists Michael Davis and Susan Schwartzenberg. One of those pieces, “The American Dream: A Tribute to Harvey Milk” memorializes Milk’s words, “The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods…” fittingly upon the building’s Eastside.
|Helen Crocker Russel Hort Library||(415) 661-1316||1199 9th Ave||San Francisco||CA||94122||Activity or Art Center||GGP||District 1||Accessible||Yes||Yes||3,469||37.7669134||-122.4674206||
“The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, established in 1972, is northern California’s most comprehensive horticultural library. The library houses approximately 27,000 volumes and 350 plant and garden periodicals.
The library collections cover all aspects of horticulture including gardening, garden design, botanical art, ethno botany and pest management, with an emphasis on plants grown in Mediterranean and other mild temperate climates. The library also features a 1,600-volume children’s botanical library, Sunday children’s story time programs and botanical art exhibitions.”
|Mission Arts Center||(415) 831-6801||745 Treat Ave||San Francisco||CA||94102||Activity or Art Center||PSA 6||District 9||Accessible||No||Yes||5,034||37.7581674||-122.4133587||
The newest addition to the Cultural Division, Mission Arts is an art destination site in heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Located on Treat and 21st Street, this beautiful brick building will play host to some of the City’s finest music, dance, and visual art offerings in an open and diverse community setting.
|Model Yacht Clubhouse||(415) 386-1037||36th Ave and John F Kennedy Dr||San Francisco||CA||94117||Activity or Art Center||GGP||District 1||Accessible||Yes||Yes||5,217||37.7701949||-122.4956228||
From early March through late October, Spreckels Lake is the place to catch model yachts — both sail and power boats — in action. Home to the San Francisco Model Yacht Club, Spreckels is a manmade lake, built in 1903 and designed specifically for model yachting. You don’t have to be a member of the club to operate a boat on the lake, but you must follow Recreation and Park Department regulations; see the club’s website,www.sfmyc.org, for more information. When a club member is present, the public is welcome to tour the clubhouse, built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1937. It is used to store members’ boats and for club meetings.
Members of the Model Yacht Club, founded in 1898, initially sailed their yachts on Stow Lake until traffic there became too heavy for model boating. The club moved to Spreckels Lake in 1904. The club holds regular regattas as well as some special events, including Wooden Boats on Parade and the Rubber Ducky Roundup. Club membership is open to all who are interested; you needn’t be a Bay Area resident.
Although the lake is manmade, it still provides refuge to birds and other creatures. Be sure to look for turtles sunning themselves on the concrete turtle sculpture at the lake’s west end.
Spreckels Lake is near 36th Avenue and Fulton Street in the western end of Golden Gate Park.
|Sharon Art Studio||(415) 753-7004||Sharon Meadow||San Francisco||CA||94117||Activity or Art Center||GGP||District 1||Limited Wheelchair Access||Yes||Yes||8,483||37.7682770||-122.4582142||
The Sharon Art Studio (SAS) is San Francisco’s largest public art center. Jointly operated by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) and the Friends of Sharon Art Studio (FOSAS), we are located in an historic building in Golden Gate Park and offer arts education for people of all ages in ceramics, leaded and fused glass, jewelry/metal arts, drawing, painting, and mixed media.
But the Sharon Art Studio is more than simply a public arts education facility — it’s a community. Every day, people who are new to the studio find themselves learning and creating alongside individuals who have been attending classes for 5, 15, or even 30 years. It’s a multi-generational group of individuals who come together to learn, celebrate accomplishments, develop friendships, and recognize milestones. The studio is an oasis from the real world, a place that fosters curiosity, and an incubator of new skills and new relationships. As much as art education, building community is at the heart of what the Sharon Art Studio does.
This culture reaches beyond the walls of the studio into our neighborhoods and the entire city of San Francisco. The Sharon Art Studio regularly brings art activities to public spaces in Golden Gate Park, street fairs and farmers markets in surrounding neighborhoods and even to other public facilities across San Francisco.
At Sharon Art Studio we’re proud of our community focus. It’s what makes us a unique gem among arts education facilities in San Francisco. Whether you join us for a class and potluck at our historic facility or come to one of our free public events, we invite you to come experience our community!