Car show, picnic could stay in park 

Jimmy’s  Old Picnic and Car Show could land its traditional spot in Golden Gate Park again this year after its permit was the victim of a Rec and Park crackdown for the first time in 22 years.

Organizers filed an appeal to Rec and Park’s decision to deny the permit for the picnic that brings hundreds of car-lovers, old classics and barbecues to Speedway Meadow.

Rec and Park officials said the show damaged the grass in the middle of festival season. Event organizer Jimmy O’Keefe said that’s untrue; however, commissioners never came to a conclusion at the meeting about the permit back in February.

O’Keefe was offered four other concrete spots on parking lots and roadways, but he said that especially after being a gardener in The City for decades, he knows the meadow will always be the only home for his picnic.

Rec and Park spokesman Elton Pon said officials are still working with O’Keefe to come up with some sort of compromise, saying the meadow isn’t out of the question and wrote this in an e-mail:

“While we remain concerned about the impacts on the meadow, we are hopeful we can reach a compromise with event organizers.  Our commissioners have suggested to event organizers to work with the department on finding a solution that everyone can live with.”

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