Supervisor McGoldrick takes lead
on making Golden Gate Park accessible to people with disabilities
From the Office of Supervisor Jake McGoldrick
May 23, 2006
San Francisco - In an effort to ensure that Golden Gate
Park is equally enjoyable to everyone, Supervisor McGoldrick introduced
legislation today that will bring the Sunday car-free program
that has been in existence for close to 40 years in Golden Gate
Park, up to The Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
I am pleased that we are able to strengthen the Sunday
car-free program in the park after all these years by complying
with The ADA, said Supervisor Jake McGoldrick.
The issue of accessibility was brought to light when Supervisor
McGoldrick proposed a 6-month trial program that would run on
Saturdays to mimic the Sunday program in Golden Gate Park. Unfortunately,
Mayor Newsom vetoed this proposal which included disability access
measures that would have also applied to Sundays.
The legislation that will be introduced today includes but is
not limited to: additional accessible parking places in and around
Golden Gate Park, accessible drop off zones, an accessible intra-park
transit shuttle that will operate frequently along the area of
the closure, and additional signage.
The legislation also requires that the Recreation and Parks Department
and the Department of Parking and Traffic conduct a study of the
impact of the Sunday road closure on use of Golden Gate Park and
report back to the Board of Supervisors. This includes particularly
disability access and recreational and other use of the roads
closed to motor vehicle traffic.