Golden Gate Park – with or without museums?

The wildly popular Golden Gate Park houses several large institutions and sports facilities such as the De Young Museum, the California Academy of Science, the Conservatory of Flowers and a group of tennis courts. The famous landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted who designed the Central Park once argued that a city park should be free of institutions because they would disturb the artificial natural environment and take away the rare opportunity for a city dweller to get close to nature.

It seems to me that Golden Gate Park has something special for everyone and that really appeals to the public. Skateboarders, runners, soccer players, families, museum goers and even homeless people all share the park at the same time. The Golden Gate Park is not just a place to escape from city life, it is a social melting pot.

de young museum @golden gate park – 50 hagiwara tea garden drive, san francisco – 11:48am, feb 05, 2012


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