Happy Thursday to you all,

This week’s Richmond Report is all about the great recreation areas we have in the neighborhood. Between Lands End and Golden Gate Park, there’s always something to talk about.

We’ll start with Stow Lake which may be getting a new lease on life if the Rec & Parks Commission approves a deal for new management. The boathouse will be renovated, new boats will cruise the waters and pink popcorn will remain a permanent fixture. It’s been a long time coming, but still, some are opposed to the changes.

Meanwhile, a mystery is brewing in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse. Last week, 14 trees were sawed off at their bases, bringing the total to 44 vandalized trees in the park since May. Who’s behind this and what’s their point? Rec & Parks doesn’t know either so they’re offering a $2,000 reward for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the tree killer.

This Saturday, Golden Gate Park will host the first stop for the 4th Annual Bicycle Music Festival. The festival features a 2000 watt pedal-powered PA system, as many as 15 bands, up to 7 festival stops, Critical Mass-style bicycle party caravans between festival stops, and zero use of cars or trucks. Pedal on over to check out the cycle-mania.

In other recreation news, Lands End will be getting a new visitor center in 2011 thanks in part to a $5 million grant from the Goldman Fund. The new “Lands End Lookout” will include the visitor center, a small cafe, and restroom facilities (bye bye port-a-potties!).

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sarah B.
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