Golden Gate Park ripe for preserving 

The Historic Preservation Commission dove right in to its New Year’s resolution to preserve Golden Gate Park.

The 2-year-old Preservation Commission hit the jackpot with the 1,017 acre park. It has a whopping 133 features ripe for local landmarking. That doesn’t even include overall characteristics such as lights, signage and several other aspects, too.

The solid nominations are 37 buildings such as the Stow Lake Boathouse, 47 sites such as the Botanical Garden, 13 structures such as those fancy statues, and 36 objects.

However, 56 features such as trash cans, picnic tables and benches didn’t make the cut.

If The City’s biggest backyard does become a historical district then any developments to the elements defined by the commission will have to go through them first.

Some park advocates have said they are excited about an extra layer of bureaucracy, but others are worried it’s an arrogant movement that could prevent progress in recreation.

You can read about the commission’s ambitious endeavor here or go to the 11:30 a.m. meeting Wednesday where they’ll talk about it.

But you’ll have to hear about how they think The City should preserve the SoMa neighborhood, first.

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