After years of planning, upgrades to Golden Gate Park's Stanyan entrance are finally complete

Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline
By Camden Avery - Published on September 16, 2020.

With the air clear after weeks of wildfire smoke, at least for the time being, there's a brand new destination for neighbors of the Upper Haight looking to get outdoors — after years of planning, $5.5 million and months of construction, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has finally unveiled their work improving the Stanyan Street entrance to Golden Gate Park.

Page Street, looking east out of the park. | Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline

The key east-facing entrance, a historic primary entrance to Golden Gate Park, spills directly into Haight Street and allows nearby residential and commercial foot traffic to flow into the area around Alvord Lake, Kezar Stadium and Robin Williams Meadow.

In the area around Alvord Lake, lawn trees are now ornamented with circular park benches. | Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline

Work in the area focused on re-paved walkways, a new sidewalk for pedestrians along Stanyan, traffic barriers, redesigned flower beds, a completely restored Oak Woodlands area where Stanyan and Waller meet inside the park, and added gravel pétanque alleys to the area around the former park maintenance shed. Strings of patio lights now hang above Alvord Lake and around the pétanque courts.

Gravel courts next to the concession stand are now available for bocce and pétanque. | Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline

The shed itself, which dates back to the early half of the 20th century, is currently undergoing remodeling for use as a concession and coffee kiosk operated by nearby Flywheel Coffee, the family-owned roastery whose cafe faces the park immediately across the street.

The Flywheel kiosk, seen looking west from Page Street, could open by the end of the month. | Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline

An owner of Flywheel, who was moving an espresso machine into the soon-to-be concession kiosk earlier this morning, said they were told to expect to be able to open for business in the park by the end of September.

Rec & Park spokesperson Tamara Aparton said the remaining finishing touches, once Flywheel is installed, will include repaving some pathways for ADA compliance and installing an interactive exhibition designed and planned by the Exploratorium.

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