SF Mayor London Breed has proposed legislation to make admission free for SF residents visiting Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers. The proposal comes ahead of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meeting on January 26, in which the board will also vote on the “Gardens of Golden Gate Park” proposal.
At the moment, admission to the Conservatory of Flowers and to the Japanese Tea Garden costs $7 for SF residents with ID ($4 for youth, college students, and seniors). Admission to the SF Botanical Garden is already free for SF residents.
Today, Mayor @LondonBreed proposed legislation that would make admission to the @SFConservatory and Japanese Tea Garden free for San Francisco residents. The proposal will go before the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on 1/26. pic.twitter.com/qUv1FkRW8k
— San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (@RecParkSF) January 12, 2022
“All San Franciscans, regardless of income, should have access to our city’s vibrant public spaces and cultural institutions,” said Mayor Breed. “The Gardens of Golden Gate Park are urban oases that offer visitors an opportunity to explore the natural world and take in our city’s natural beauty, and soon all residents will get to experience these loved attractions for free.”
The committee will also vote on the “Gardens of Golden Gate Park” agreement, which unifies the three gardens under the SF Botanical Garden Society. By eliminating nonprofit redundancies, the estimated savings would be $400,000 a year. The gardens would keep their current names, but work on expanding into the future together.
“This is an exciting time for the Gardens of Golden Gate Park, which are poised to become better than ever before through new collections and exhibits, expanded public programs and a larger role in worldwide conservation efforts,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “Under this proposed ordinance, San Francisco residents can take advantage of this incredible resource at no cost.”
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