San Francisco City Hall shills turning historic park into a carnival show

January 13, 2020

Shill Definition. An accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others.

SAN FRANCISCO HAS BEEN SOLD ANOTHER BILL OF GOODS BY AN OUT OF TOWN HAWKER IN THE GUISE OF COMMEMORATING OUR HISTORY.

GREED..GREED…GREED….JUST ANOTHER INANE CLUELESS ENVIRONMENT DESTROYING EXTRAVAGANZA BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CORPORATE SERVANTS AT CITY HALL

January 13, 2020

SF OCEAN EDGE HAS PUT OUT THIS CALL TO ACTION.

New bright, artificial lighting proposed for Golden Gate Park:

A 140 ft., lighted ferris wheel, 19 new spotlights on top of the Bandshell –

Write letters and attend a hearing on 1/15/20 to protest this project!

This proposal has already been approved at the Recreation and Park Commission.  But, because the Music Concourse is a City landmark, this project requires a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA).  There will be a hearing on the COA on January 15th, at 12:30 p.m. at the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), City Hall, Room 400.  Please attend and support our wildlife and parkland – as parkland!

GG Park Concourse I 1.13.2020

You can also write to the HPC to register your concern.  Please copy us on your letters.

Send copies to – sfoceanedge@earthlink.net

The Recreation and Park Department is planning to install a 140 foot high ferris wheel in the Music Concourse for the 150th Golden Gate Park Anniversary celebration.  The ferris wheel will have glass booths and be lighted with LED lights every evening until 10:00 p.m. for up to one year.  After 10:00 p.m., the ferris wheel will be lighted with bright LED security lights.  In addition, RPD plans to flood the Bandshell with new lighting and to place 19 spotlights on the roof of the Bandshell, pointing up to the sky.

  GGP is primarily a landscape park, not an amusement park or a carnival.  In the Golden Gate Park Master Plan, the Department of Recreation and Park’s own planning guide, lighting is intended to be limited in Golden Gate Park overall and in the Music Concourse specifically. In fact, neither the Bandshell nor the area where the ferris wheel will be placed are designated as areas to be lighted in this City document.

GGP Ferris Wheel 12.12.2019

An observation wheel is not listed as a historic feature of the Music Concourse in any of the historic preservation documents. The cumulative impacts of a lighted observation wheel and spotlights on the Bandshell are being ignored by this proposal.

Much of this will take place during the migration and nesting seasons. Habitat in Golden Gate Park is already stressed with the over 13 million visitors that enter the Park every year.  Placing rotating glass in a park with bright lights and nearby spotlights is a recipe for disaster for birds.  Lighting the Park beyond and above what is there now (including new lights at the tennis courts and the light show at the Conservatory of Flowers) deprives all wildlife of the darkness it needs to survive and to thrive.

Environmental groups have weighed in with letters of concern about this project and its impact on wildlife in Golden Gate Park, including the Sierra Club, RaptorsAreTheSolution, and Coyote Yips.

Aaron Jon Hyland, AIA, NCARB

President, SEAT 1 Historic Architect

aaron.hyland.hpc@gmail.com

Diane Matsuda

Vice-President, SEAT 7 At Large

dianematsuda@hotmail.com

415.693.1321

Kate Black

Commissioner, SEAT 6 Real Estate Professional

kate.black@sfgov.org

415.575.9121

Chris Foley

Commissioner, SEAT 5, Preservation Professional

chris.foley@sfgov.org

415.558.6309

Richard S.E. Johns

Commissioner, SEAT 4 Historian

RSEJohns@yahoo.com

415.640.3240

Jonathan Pearlman

Commissioner, SEAT 3 Architectural Historian

jonathan.pearlman.hpc@gmail.com

Lydia So

Commissioner, SEAT 2, Historic Architect

lydia.so@sfgov.org

Taylor, Michelle (CPC)

Senior Preservation Planner

michelle.taylor@sfgov.org

Jonas P. Ionin

Commission Secretary

jonas.ionin@sfgov.org