Supervisors poised to affirm Golden Gate Park
Saturday auto ban
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick brokered a compromise with Mayor Gavin
Newsom to reach a deal over closure of Golden Gate Park to auto
traffic on Saturdays.
By Tamara Barak
April 23, 2007
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised to adopt at
its meeting on Tuesday a plan to close a section on Golden Gate
Park to vehicle traffic on Saturdays.
The Healthy Saturdays legislation was passed 9-2 on its first
reading at the April 17 Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisors
Michaela Alioto-Pier and Ed Jew were the dissenting votes, according
to Cassandra Costello, legislative aide for Supervisor Jack McGoldrick,
the ordinance's author.
The legislation represents a compromise between the two sides
in the contentious debate to close the park to cars, and seals
off for pedestrians and cyclists about half of the area they originally
requested, Costello said.
The compromise was brokered earlier this month by Mayor Gavin
The Saturday road closure will include John F. Kennedy Drive
between Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive and Transverse Drive, as well
as Stow Lake Drive between Stow Lake Drive East and John F. Kennedy
The Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday to close that section
of the park from May 26 to Sept. 29 of this year. Legislation
that closes the stretch on Saturdays from April to September for
five years is being studied by the city's planning commission
and is expected to go before supervisors in about a month.
McGoldrick said the ordinance will make the city a more livable
"I'm so happy we came up with a compromise. We're able to
look around and make more recreation space available for people.
Seniors, kids, disabled folks - they'll all be able to get something
out of it," he said.
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