Newsom announces Saturday Golden Gate Park
road closure pact
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
April 14, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Mayor Gavin Newsom announced an
agreement Friday on a five-year plan to close John F. Kennedy
Drive in Golden Gate Park to motor traffic on Saturdays from April
through September during the daytime.
JFK Drive already is closed to motor vehicles on Sundays and
a plan to extend the closure to Saturdays was met with sustained
Negotiations resulted tonight in a plan for a conditional summertime
closure on Saturdays.
As now envisioned, JFK Drive would be closed to vehicles during
the daytime on Saturdays, but delivery trucks would still be allowed
to access the DeYoung Museum loading dock.
The plan specifies that ensuring park access for persons with
disabilities is a condition of implementation. Enhancing recreational
opportunities for bicyclists, walkers and skaters were also part
of the plan.
"Today was a victory for our shared values," said Newsom.
"Golden Gate Park is our city's treasure, and this proposal
allows everyone to enjoy it with minimal disruption."
The City Attorney will draft legislation codifying the plan,
which sets the closure as in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the
first Saturday of April through the last week of September each
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