City celebrates Golden Gate Park "Healthy
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By Karli Bulnes
May 26, 2007
The closure to vehicles of a little bit of road in Golden Gate
Park means a whole lot to the pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters
who are enjoying the car-free road today as the city celebrates
the first Saturday of "Healthy Saturdays."
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department already enforces
the Sunday and holiday closure of certain roads in Golden Gate
Park, and starting today, the department will implement partial
Saturday road closures as well.
"The closures are designed to enhance pedestrian and bicycle
safety and address accessibility issues in and around the 1,017-acre
park,'' a recreation and park department spokesperson said Friday
in a written statement.
A compromise reached in April closes about three-fourths of a
mile of pavement along John F. Kennedy Drive to vehicles each
Saturday of the summer months, Cassandra Costello, legislative
assistant to San Francisco Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, said Friday
in a written statement. The Saturday closures will last from 6
a.m. to 6 p.m. on those days, David Miles Jr., founder of The
Skaters Alliance, reported.
Miles welcomed the new closure schedule today along with other
"It means we have double the amount of time to skate and
have a good time,'' Miles said. "It gives (us) a chance to
enjoy this car-free place. When you remove the cars, it's a totally
The closure to vehicles on John F. Kennedy Drive will extend
between Tea Garden and Transverse drives, Costello reported.
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