Frederick Law Olmsted

The great park San Francisco needed — but rejected

The great park San Francisco needed — but rejected

The State Water Resources Control Board recently curtailed San Francisco's right to divert water from the Tuolumne River into its Hetch Hetchy reservoir and required the city to reduce water consumption about 25%. To meet that goal, San Francisco will surely decrease the amount of water delivered to the largest site under its control — Golden Gate Park.

Roughly 1,000 acres in area and planted to mimic New York City's Central Park, Golden Gate Park sits on top of rapidly draining, porous sands. Consequently, the city must irrigate it frequently. In fact, the water demand of Golden Gate Park was a principal reason San Francisco chose to build Hetch Hetchy, damming a Sierra...

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