I Left My Park in San Francisco Podcast
This podcast explores the strange, the wacky, the unbelievable stories of San Francisco’s parks. It will cover a range of topics and locations throughout the Department. This is an opportunity to illuminate lesser known aspects of the Department and share oft-overlooked narratives embedded in our parks and recreation centers.
Episode One: The Secret Treasure Hunt
This episode explores the story behind Byron Preiss’ The Secret, and the armchair treasure hunters flocking to San Francisco in search of an elusive ceramic casque. Guided by the theories of our historian-in-residence Christopher Pollock, we go digging for the buried secret ourselves.
Episode Two: Summer Sk8 SF
From the old guard of San Francisco skaters to the newest generation of shredders, this episode drops in on a couple of SF’s most beloved skate parks and programs. Hear stories of gnarly injuries, new tricks, and first impressions from those who have witnessed the transformation of skate culture in San Francisco – and those just starting on the Basic Shred.
Episode Three: Flagging in the Park
Through its humble beginnings under the shadow of the AIDS epidemic, Flagging in the Park served as an expression of joy and remembrance in a time when the virus claimed the lives of nearly half of the city’s gay community. Now entering its 21st year, the DJs, organizers, and participants keep tradition and memory alive in an explosion of kaleidoscopic color and dance in the National AIDS Memorial Grove.
Episode Four: Ladies Night
For nearly a decade, a committed group of women have been boxing on Tuesday nights at Mission Rec Center. The class is an alternative to the coed group, for women to create their own, machismo-free space to train and learn technique. The program’s shining star emeritus is Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller, who was first a student, then an instructor at Mission Rec. One of the top boxers in the country, Raquel Miller is currently training to compete for a World Title.
Episode Five: Park Love
Like Cupid’s arrow, this special Valentine’s Day episode takes aim at romance in our parks. From initial attraction at Precita to a nervous meeting at Duboce to a wedding surprise at Corona Heights, San Franciscans discuss how park paths led them to love.
Episode Six: Sliding Back in Time
Baseball has always been considered America’s pastime, and one group in Golden Gate Park takes the game to historic levels. Bay Area Vintage Base Ball League plays by the rules of 1886, where each team is outfitted in uniforms and equipment replicated from the era. Today, we’re going back in time to explore the gentleman’s game.