Park officials: It’s time to go, Stow Lake 

Stow Lake Corp., which has managed the boathouse in Golden Gate Park for more than 65 years, was told they have until the end of the month to get a move on.

The notice to vacate came days after a judge rejected Stow Lake Corp.’s application for a temporary restraining order against the Recreation and Park Department and allegations of corruption. The judge said that she didn’t think Stow Lake lawyers could prove the merits of their case - that Rec and Park made a shady deal with the new managers, Ortega Family Enterprises.

Ortega after being awarded the contract to manage in February was supposed to have access to the boathouse on March 22.

However, since there are ongoing legal issues, Stow Lake has stayed.

As promised lawyers Paul Rosenlund and Oliver Holmes for Stow Lake filed an appeal to the judge’s decision Friday.

Rosenlund said he did not know of any specific plans for Stow Lake to leave, and that, “the ruling last week did not affect Stow Lake’s rights to proceed with its trial.”

If there are no legal proceedings before the end of the month, Rec and Park would file a writ of unlawful detainer and go back to court again before they could force them out.

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