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Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 46.217 W 122° 30.637
10S E 543100 N 4180440
Quick Description: Golden Gate Park is one of the premier city parks in the United States.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/20/2009 6:30:35 AM
Waymark Code: WM67YZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 27

Long Description:
Golden Gate Park was designed by William Hammond Hall in 1870. John MacLaren followed him in 1887 and spent the next 50 years improving Golden Gate Park.

Golden Gate Park (GGP) rivals Central Park in New York City as one of the most beautiful parks in America.

The park layout is primarily a rectangle with the long direction going east and west. The park boundaries stretches from Ocean Beach and the Great Highway on the West to Stanyan Street on the East and from Fulton Street on the North to Lincoln Way on the South. There is also a small, one-block wide panhandle at the east edge, bounded by Fell Street on the North, Oak Street on the South and extending the park east to Baker Street.

The park is about 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide area, with an area of about 1.6 square miles or over 1000 acres. There are two main roads which travel the length of the park, Martin Luther King Drive and John F. Kennedy Drive. There are nine lakes in the park. From west to east they are North Lake, Spreckels Lake, Middle Lake, Metson Lake, Mallard Lake, Elk Glen Lake, Lloyd Lake, Stow Lake and Alvord Lake.
Some of the many highlights of the park include:

Children's Interest and General
Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant,
Beach Chalet Visitor Center
Children's Carrousel
Koret Children's Quarter playground
McLaren Lodge
Rainbow Falls
Senior Adult Center
Sharon Arts Studio

Conservatory of Flowers
Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
National AIDS Memorial Grove
Golden Gate Park Rose Garden

Music Concourse
Temple of Music
Grand Court
California Academy of Science
Steinhart Aquarium
Morrison Planetarium
M.H. de Young Museum

Stow Lake
Huntington Falls
Stow Lake stone bridge
Stow Lake arch bridge
Chinese Pavillion
Stow Lake Boats

Japanese Gardens
Japanese Tea Garden
Japanese Village
Taiko Bashi (Drum bridge)
Japanese Tea Garden waterfall
South Gate

Anglers Lodge - flycasting
Tennis Courts
Lawn Bowling
Kezar Stadium
Disc Golf Course
Pétanque court
Golden Gate Park Stables
Golden Gate Park Golf Course

Murphy Windmill
Golden Gate Park Windmill

Alvord Lake Bridge

Main E-W Park Roads
John F Kennedy Drive
Martin Luther King Drive

Name: Golden Gate Park

Street Location: Great Highway, Fulton Street, Stanyan Street, Lincoln Way

Local Municipality: San Francisco

State/Province, etc.: CA

Country: USA

Web Site: [Web Link]

Memorial/Commemoration: No

Date Established: 1870's

Picnic Facilities: Picnic tables are scattered over many areas

Recreational Facilities:
Children's Playgrounds 9 hole Golf Course Meadows for Baseball/Softball Soccer Fields Lawn Bowling Tennis Courts Hiking Trails Disc Golf Course

Monuments/Statues: Many

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Murals at the Visitor Center

Fountains: Many

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: nine lakes + waterfalls

Special Events: Bay to Breakers foot race, Lindy in the Park, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival

Traditional Geocaches:
With many traditional geocaches (some have come and gone): GCK3VA - Tatanka GCRAH9 - Pool of Enchantment GCWYXT - Kezar Stadium GCXW1Q - Bercut Equitation Field GC1EV37 - Stow Lake GC1PRM6 - Robert Burns San Francisco GC1G5C6 - King Tut: Walk Like an Egyptian GC1VPEY - Mars Attacks! GC1WNWA - Army Men GC1XVZF - Let's Go Golfin' GC1YE8R - Tut's Pets GC1YE8Y - Tut's Mother-in-Law GC20THE - The Red Dot GC24V0H - Eucalyptus GC252QF - Tree Be Gone GC256C9 - Pioneer Mother GC25DNQ - Maintenance Cache GC25DNW - Marx Meadow GC25GBT - Walk the path GC2VRX6 - San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club GC3ED28 - Reach for the sky! GC3YVB9 - Robbyn Hud GC47FPN - Walk the path #2 GC4EAT4 - Road to Many Paths GC4FGAM - What a day GC4H41N - Slabs of Mystery GC4JB4Y - Ground Under Repair GC4JDRC - Close Only Counts in Horseshoes GC4T9Y8 - Magnificent Mile GC4TJTJ - A bird in the hand... GC4WQAR - Sweet Jane [Lou Reed Tribute] GC53GXD - ASoIaF: Jamie Lannister GC53HBR - ASoIaF: Arianne Martell GC55J8J - ASoIaF: The Others GC55PTM - ASoIaF: Cersei Lannister GC5675F - ASoIaF: Melisandre GC57DMK - Irwin's View (formerly Bison View) GC57QGM - If a tree falls in the forest....... GC57T7J - Portals of the Past GC57T80 - Reach For The Stars GC57W6G - Polo Fields- but where are the horses? GC5D2H2 - Capen's Cache

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