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This seven-acre sanctuary is a tribute to the memory of those lost to this so-far incurable disease. Located on the east end of Golden Gate Park, the grove was conceived in 1989 by a group of San Francisco residents and received national status by President Clinton and Congress in October 1996. Renovation for the Memorial began in 1991 and it is a beautiful landscape with thousands of new trees, plants, six flagstone gathering areas, 15 benches, and numerous granite boulders. Today it is the site of memorial services, reflection, and events such as World AIDS Day.
The McLaren Lodge is the headquarters of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Its unique structure illustrates the Moorish-Gothic school of architecture and is a registered landmark of San Francisco. The lodge was built in 1896 and overlooks a verdant landscape. Punctuating the green lawns is a Monterey cypress, commonly called Uncle John’s Tree, after the first superintendent John McLaren. Being San Francisco’s official Christmas tree, there is an annual tree lighting ceremony as well as several community activities and a carnival.
Sharon Meadow located in the southeast side of Golden Gate Park is large open space which is a favorite haunt for family picnics, sun-bathing and soccer games. In fact, some areas also include tables and barbecues. A La Carte is an annual summer event held at Sharon Park, during which there is live music, great food stalls and fund-raiser walks. The lush green place with huge trees will make you fall in love with nature.
Tucked away amidst the houses of Seward Street is a set of concrete slides. The slides were built upon the designs of Kim Clark, who was only 14 years old at that time. What was once a vacant lot is today a mini park that thrills and delights children and adults alike. At the center of the park lies a pair of steep concrete slides that are perfect to be enjoyed by the entire family. Laugh till your sides ache and bask in the after-glow of the adrenaline rush that is sure to engulf you as you slide down the Seward Street slides. The park is open daily during daylight hours, and all adults must be accompanied by a child. You will find a few cardboard boxes at the park to ride down the slides, however you are always welcome to bring your own along.
Twin Peaks is the second highest point in San Francisco, comprising of two hills at a height of 922 feet. The Twin Boulevard is the only road that divides the peaks and goes to the summit. This hill has a number of tele-communication towers for radio and television transmission. The Sutro Tower is the most prominent tower amongst these and it is owned by the San Francisco Fire Department. The tower provides water to the local people and fire stations. This tower can be seen across the bay.
This African Orthodox church has been serving the community for a very long time and has also received recognition from the California State Legislature for their magnanimous work. The church was founded by Archbishop Franzo King and Reverend Mother Marina King who got divine inspiration, after watching John Coltrane performing live. The institution is actively involved in monetary donation drives and provides food, clothes and toys to the needy.
The northernmost of the California missions founded by Father Junipero Serra, this mission is the oldest structure in San Francisco, dating back to 1788. Walk inside and behold Spanish Colonial San Francisco beneath roof beams held together with rawhide strips. The graveyard includes the remains of both noble colonial families and the Native Americans who were conscripted to build and then serve the Mission. The museum houses artifacts and manuscripts.