Did you know that there are bison in Golden Gate Park? Not many people know this but there is a bison paddock in the middle of the park that you can stop it to see these majestic creatures.
When my sister was here we went to Golden Gate Park and one of the things we saw while we were there was the National AIDS Memorial Grove. I actually hadn’t visited before even though I’ve been to the park many times. It’s a HUGE park and there’s tons to see there. The grove is a really magical space, though, with beautiful plants and water features, so I’m glad I finally checked it out.
About the Memorial Grove
From the National AIDS Memorial Grove website:
“The National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. For all the promising prospects on the horizon, AIDS continues to invade our lives, violate our past, and rob us of our comfortable assumptions about the future. The sacred ground of this living memorial honors all who have confronted this tragic pandemic both those who have died and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils, and supported each other during the final hours.”
Photos from National AIDS Memorial Grove
In sort-of-related news, I’ve seen a couple of good documentaries lately about HIV/ AIDS. I already told you about When We Were Here, which I definitely recommend. The other one I saw recently was called How to Survive a Plague and is a documentary about ACT UP, the grassroots organization that strived to get medical care for people with HIV/AIDS starting in the 1980s. Powerful stuff!
I don’t actually spend as much time in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park as I should. I really love this part of the city. I really love that a city which is so geographically small can support a park that is so big. ( It’s larger than Central Park, I believe.) I just don’t make it over there nearly as often as I ought to.
There’s so much to see in Golden Gate Park that it really requires multiple trips throughout the year to check everything out. I recently compiled a list of twenty things to see in this park and the list doesn’t even scratch the surface of what you could check out there if you wanted to.
My problem is that I don’t trek over to that side of the city very much. It’s really only a few miles away from me but it’s a couple of bus rides to get there and there’s always so much else to do in the city that somehow I manage to miss out on that part of San Francisco a lotl.
The other problem is that I always see the same things when I go to the park. I stick to the limited area around 9th Avenue where there’s a cluster of attractions – the Botanical Gardens, the Japanese Tea Garden, the deYoung museum, the California Academy of Sciences … If I have guests in town then I’ll see a few other major attractions like the windmill and tulip garden. Otherwise, I don’t venture around the park much.
I’ll have to make that a goal for this year – to see and do more in Golden Gate Park!