Now open for RSVPs. Free walk. At 11:30 AM we will be in front of the entrance to the gardens on 9th Avenue. We plan to start walking about 11:40 AM and eat lunch about 12:50 PM at the Music Concourse. Bringing a sack lunch is advised. The sad part is that now we can not go inside the Botanical Gardens because of the new entrance fee for non residents. We used to eat our sack lunches inside there when we did our "Mosaic Stairway Walk," but are now forced to detour to another part of the park to eat lunch. Also, 2 restrooms were taken from us as they are on the other side of the kiosk demanding money.
There are 2 tiny restrooms inside the Botanical Garden Library where entrance is still free. There are also 2 restrooms available inside of the nearby old State Fair Building. This is the first time we do a Golden Gate Park walk!
We will visit many of the most interesting parts of Golden Gate Park including the outside of those places that used to be free, but now charge admission, such as the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden. It will be partly a tour of what has been taken away from the general public by some big money interests. There are some free places we hope to visit also such as the Shakespeare Garden, the Music Concourse, a few artificial waterfalls, Stow Lake, Strawberry Hill, Spreckles Lake, and walk hidden paths. We expect to end at our starting point at about 4:30 PM. Distance about 5 miles.
More places in the park may now be charging fees than I know about. Golden Gate Park is becoming Golden Pay Park. If coming on BART transfer to the underground Muni light rail at any of the BART stations on Market Street. Then get on the "N" line and get off right before 9th Avenue. There is a Starbucks on the corner and I think there is only one restroom there. In the coming days before the walk I will scout out the walk and put up photos and more text information.
Below is our starting location in front of the Botanical Garden on 9th Ave.
Below is the sign in front.
Below is a view of our starting point from across 9th Ave.
Below is a view of the State Fair building on the left, 2 restrooms are inside.
Below is another view of the State Fair Building.
Below is another view of our starting point.
Below is a view of Shakespeare Garden.
Below is the Music Concourse where we plan to eat our sack lunches.
Below on Tuesday,[masked], 4 men make free music near the Conservatory of Flowers.
Below photo taken in front of the Conservatory of Flowers.
Below photo taken in front of the Conservatory of Flowers, looking to the left.