SF Rec and Park Celebrates Golden Gate Park’s 143rd Anniversary
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Recreation and Park Department celebrated Golden Gate Park’s 143rd Anniversary today. SF Rec and Park encourages the public to share their personal stories, photos and videos of their visits in Golden Gate Park on the Department’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sfrecpark. Today, the globally recognized park welcomes more than 13 million visitors each year where they can enjoy distinguished gardens, family friendly playgrounds, uniquely designed monuments, lakes, trails, natural areas and picnic groves.
“In celebration of Golden Gate Park’s 143rd Birthday on April 4th, we encourage San Franciscans to rediscover what this 1,017 acre of City Jewel has in store for all of us,” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “So, let’s get out and celebrate!”
The concept and development of Golden Gate Park came from John McLaren and William Hammond Hall who were revolutionary park leaders with visions ahead of their times. According to the book “San Francisco, the bay and its cities” written by Gladys C. Hansen, in 1868, San Francisco paid $801,593 for the 1,017 acres land to be developed as park. In 1870, Governor Henry H. Haight appointed the first San Francisco Park Commission, then the following year, he appointed William Hammond Hall as the Park Superintendent to process with the development.
For more about rediscovering Golden Gate Park, please visit SF Rec and Park’s website: https://sfrecpark.org/golden-gate-park-turns-143/ today.