June 15, the Rec and Park Commission approved $500,000
to resurface a portion of JFK.
Starting at Conservatory
East and including 8th Ave. from JFK to Fulton, contractors will resurface
as much as possible going west to Stow Lake Drive. The process will
involve grinding down the edges, in about 8 fee, and overlaying with
2" of asphalt.
WHY? Their stated reason is because the Concourse
Authority received a grant for about $200K to re-strip the eastern portion
of JFK for "traffic calming" and striping the current surface
would be absurd. The striping will paint two12ft. single lanes down
the center with 6ft. bike lanes each side. In the areas where parking
has been removed the centerline will be shifted toward the free space.
This SHOULD also include 6 more crosswalks, but this we shall see.
The real reason is that though R&P had
DPT patch the length of JFK before the Bay to Breakers, Sir Gavin, in
his annual run through the Park, was appalled and wrote $500K into the
budget for resurfacing. (Though no one would ever admit it, the Mayor
also feels substantial guilt over vetoing Healthy Saturdays and is trying
to make amends to all that actually use this ratty piece of pavement
on the weekend.
The project is to be on the fast tracked. Supervisor Jake McGoldrick
has requested that though the funds won't be available until the 06/07
budget is passed, R&P should "borrow" the $500K from other
projects and begun ASAP. R&P sources tell me that "what $500K
in other projects?" In any case, by the end of summer 06 we should
have a LONG overdue repaved JFK.
A little background: For the 28 years I have skated
JFK Sundays, it has not been resurfaced and steadily declined. In 1990,
the skating community worked hard supporting a bond measure for $100
million to improve the infrastructure of GGP with the promise that JFK
would be repaved. A lie, the sewer line was repaved (Jake is actually
standing on the sewer patch), but nothing more was done. Traditionally,
holes were patch on a weekly basis, but since our Governor Terminator
cut all all state funding for city street repair two years ago,
even patching has ceased, except if the Mayor is expected to pass that
way. At the R&P Commission hearing the Park Staff even publicly
discussed that the Mayor is not knowingly allowed to experience routine
of us can personally attest to surface conditions. In 2001, I destroyed
my shoulder, falling in a hole (image below) and underwent 4 hrs of
surgery and 6 months of rehab. Bruce, one of our most experienced if
extreme skaters shattered a collarbone in front of the Rose Garden on
JFK again hitting a pothole. I watched paramedics literally scrap up
a bicyclists in front of the Conservatory who had hit a hole at speed
and “going over the top” scrapped off huge sections of his
body and nose. (no pictures please).
What does this bode for the rest of our “paved” surfaces
in GGP. NOTHING. Even though the construction traffic for the Academy
of Sciences have totally destroyed Middle Drive East, the
Academy have no
plans to repair their damage. As all who use the Park know, just walking
in the Park has become an extreme sport. This Fall the Guardsmen will
put on a vintage Grand Prix in the west end and must do some serious
road repair to reduce the risk of their expensive toys going airborne.
Suggestion: Stay on the paved paths (term
used loosely) as are grassy areas are riddled with gopher runs
that collapse daily and create hidden traps. Always look at the surfaces
ahead as trust in God, not a safe place to walk.
June 6th, The Polo -
Field of Screams
1, Inner Sunset Community Meeting on Homeless
31, The Public/Private Partnership in Public Parks
28, Art coming to a meadow near you.
THE FOG or Homeless in Golden Gate Park
23, Those That Ignore History...
of the Bay to Breakers 2006
20, An Open Letter
to the Mayor: How can we take back our Park?
MUSIC IN THE MUSIC CONCOURSE
18, DEDE to allow some
of her Oscars to be viewed by visitors to her museum.