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The First Public Children's Playground in the United States

 
 
The First Public Children's Playground in the United States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 14, 2010
1. The First Public Children's Playground in the United States Marker
Inscription.
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
Loris DiGrazia
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
Children's Playground
A Gift of Love
MCMLXXVIII
 
Erected 1978.
 
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
The First Public Children's Playground in the United States Marker - 2nd side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 14, 2010
2. The First Public Children's Playground in the United States Marker - 2nd side
2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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.) 
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
The First Public Children's Playground in the United States Marker - 3rd side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 14, 2010
3. The First Public Children's Playground in the United States Marker - 3rd side
The First Public Children's Playground in the United States Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 14, 2010
4. The First Public Children's Playground in the United States Marker - wide view
In the background is the children's carousel. This is the third carousel located on the site. The first, driven by a steam engine, was installed in 1888. The current version (pictured in background), was built in 1914 in North Tonawanda, New York, and located in a number of places prior to its installation here.
Golden Gate Park - Children's Playground - postcard view looking west image. Click for full size.
By Isaiah West Taber, circa 1894?
5. Golden Gate Park - Children's Playground - postcard view looking west
"Children's Playground and Quarters in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Cal," - postcard view image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
6. "Children's Playground and Quarters in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Cal," - postcard view
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,030 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 19, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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