San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The First Public Children's Playground in the United States
The first public children's playground in the United States was established here in 1887 by gift funds received from the Sharon bequest. The east expansion and rehabilitation work of 1977 were funded by Walter and Elise Haas, by Walter and Phyllis Shorenstein, the Fuhrman Bequest, & Friends of Recreation and Parks
Text of second side of marker:
George R. Moscone mayor
Recreation & Park Commission
Eugene L. Friend president
Peter G. Armstrong
Keith Eichman, Tommy Harris, Lidia LaGarda, Amy Meyer
John J. Spring general manager
Michael Painter & Associates landscape architect
Collishaw Corporation general contractor
Text of third side of marker:
Mary B. Connolly
A Gift of Love
Location. 37° 46.091′ N, 122° 27.474′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Kezar Drive north of Martin Luther King Jr Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94122, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within San Francisco Lawn Bowling Clubhouse and Greens (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Conservatory (approx. 0.3 miles away); The San Francisco Columbarium (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Doughboy (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Rainbow Flag (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. John's Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Harvey Milk (approx. 1.3 miles away); Castro Street Historical Timeline (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The marker is on a 3-sided monument in Golden Gate Park, just a few steps away from the Carousel in the Children's Playground.
Also see . . .
1. The Restoration of the Golden Gate Park Carousel. Ruby Newman Fine Arts Studio's history of the Carousel at the Children's Playground. (Newman was commissioned to oversee the 1977-1984 restoration of the decorative aspects of the Carousel.) (Submitted on February 20, 2011.)
2. Golden Gate Park. Christopher Pollock's Encyclopedia of San Francisco in-depth entry providing historical background on the development of Golden Gate Park. (Submitted on February 20, 2011.)
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