Golden Gate Park is a 1,017-acre, three-mile-long urban park that stretches from the famed Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to Ocean Beach to the west. The park is also bordered by the Cole Valley, North of the Panhandle, Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods.
Configured as a rectangle, it is similar in shape to but 20 percent larger than Central Park in New York City, to which it is often compared. It is over three miles (4.8 km) long east to west, and about half a mile (0.8 km) north to south.
In the 1860s, San Franciscans began to recognize the need for a large public park similar to Central Park, which was taking shape in New York City at the time. Golden Gate Park was created from the unappealing sand and coastal dunes known as the Outside Lands, which were located in an unincorporated territory west of San Francisco's then-current limits.
In 1865, Frederick Law Olmsted proposed a plan for a park using native species suited to San Francisco's dry climate; however, the proposal was rejected in favor of a Central Park-style park requiring extensive irrigation.
A pair of Dutch-style windmills were installed near the park's extreme western extremity in 1903. These pumped water all over the park. The north windmill was restored to its original appearance in 1981 and is located next to the Queen Wilhelmina tulip garden, which was a gift from Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
Golden Gate Park has a population of 29,537 people, with a median age of 37.2. Males make up 48.98 percent of the population, while females make up 51.01 percent. The resident pool in Golden Gate Park is made up of 71.1 percent US-born residents and 20.48 percent non-US-born nationals. Furthermore, non-citizens account for 8.42 percent of the population.
San Francisco's public bus system operates a Golden Gate Park shuttle, which provides free service to passengers at one of 15 stops within the park.
The San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, which was founded in 1871 to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park, is in charge of it. It is shaped similarly to, but 20% larger than, Central Park in New York City, to which it is sometimes likened.
Golden Gate Park should be accessible to all tourists. People with disabilities, seniors, families with young children, those who do not live close to the Park, and those who cannot afford to pay for parking are all hampered by the continuous restriction of JFK Drive.
The National Parks of the Golden Gate! The Parks Conservancy is thrilled to offer an award-winning suite of hands-on, immersive programs for kids and youth of all grade levels in collaboration with the National Park Service, local schools, and community organizations. We collaborate with educators to guide young people from kindergarten to career paths and beyond, while fostering the next generation of environmental stewards and socially conscious changemakers through a "ladder of learning" approach.
a government program intended to offer jobs and communal development during the 1930s economic downturn The WPA is responsible for the building of various elements inside the park, including the Arboretum, the archery field, and the model yacht club. In addition, the WPA rebuilt 13 miles of park roadways and constructed the San Francisco Police Department's horse stables.