Yesterday, February 13, 2012, the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors held an informational hearing to discuss the impact of large events at Golden Gate Park. Over 150 supporters of music and the arts came to the hearing to show their support for great events like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Outside Lands, and Power to the People. Supporters included neighbors, carpenters, promoters, local businesses and music fans from throughout the Bay Area. In the two and a half hours of public testimony, it was clear that the positive benefits of these events far outweigh any negative impacts.
Alix Rosenthal, Co-Chair of CMAC, said, “These great music events continue a legacy of large events in Golden Gate Park that has been going on for decades. Golden Gate Park is not just for those who live close to the park. It is for all of us.”
To ensure that these events can continue to thrive, commitments were made by all to continue to work with local residents on ways to lessen the impact on surrounding neighborhoods. CMAC will continue to work closely with key stakeholders to ensure that all Bay Area residents can continue to enjoy large events in Golden Gate Park. We want to thank everyone who came out and showed their support for music in San Francisco.