Support Live Music in Golden Gate Park
  • Petitioned Supervisor Scott Wiener

This petition was delivered to:

San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Scott Wiener
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Malia Cohen
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Eric Mar

Support Live Music in Golden Gate Park

    1. Petition by

      Andrew Naravage

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use & Economic Development Committee, consisting of Supervisors Mar, Cohen, and Wiener, will hear public comment on the impact that large events have on the neighborhoods surrounding Golden Gate Park on Monday, February 13. Some of San Francisco's finest events take place in Golden Gate Park: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Outside Lands, and Power to the Peaceful, to name a few. These events are vital to the city of San Francisco for a number of reasons:

1. Concerts are, for many, the first time they experience live music. Families are often seen in the park enjoying music in a natural environment and that tradition is passed on to their children.

2. While we are taking a strong position that events belong in the park, we also understand that there are things that event organizers can do better. Characterizing these events as only “creating unacceptable noise, traffic congestion, illegal camping and damage to Golden Gate Park” misses the most important part of having a lively and diverse city and the fact that Rec and Park and the event community is committed to doing the best job possible every time.

3. We all are here in San Francisco to enjoy the diversity of the entire experience. We cannot allow the few days of music in Golden Gate part to be curtailed or eliminated simply because out of 365 days in the year there are a  number of days of inconvenience. The park system is a resource that is to be used for all kinds of events and for all kinds of respectful people.

4. Saying that music does not belong in the park is tantamount to saying that horses or bikes don’t belong, or cars, or people or kids or dogs. We agree that too much of any one use is not healthy, but the limited days of park use for music events is hardly out of balance with the majority of days where no music events happen at the Park.

5. Those who love music in the parks are tax payers just like those who moved in near the parks and now seek to close them to music events. The music community asks that the few music event days in the park continue given how few days neighbors are ever inconvenienced.

6. People who attend concerts at the park contribute money directly to the park system of upkeep and cleaning. Unlike the casual walker who contributes nothing directly to the park system, these concert attendees have created income to the parks that has kept important programs alive that would have shuttered in the budget crisis without the income derived from events.

Please sign our petition to the SF Board of Supervisors Land Use & Economic Development Committee. In addition, consider calling or writing to the Supervisors on the Committee directly. Their names, email addresses, and phone numbers are listed below. Please remember to always be respectful and positive about the contributions of these events to all of us in San Francisco. If you email, please write "Support Live Music in the Park" in the subject line.

Supervisor Mar: 415-554-7410,

Supervisor Cohen: 415-554-7670,

Supervisor Wiener: 415-554-6968,

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Paul Vogt TRACY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Love events in GGP. It is also great for local businesses including mine.

    • John Murray SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      There is a century old tradition of music in the park! That's what it was built for, enjoying our open spaces and the arts! The park makes a million bucks every time there is a huge show... we need the funds so badly!!

    • kelly schwerin ALAMO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      these festivals are not only huge revenue drivers, but are an intregal part of San Francisco's music history and the Bay Area's influnce on future music. from the summer of love to monterey pops, and from Day on the Green, and Tibettan Freedom concerts and lollapaluza. San Francisco is the example other cities look to. influencing SBSW, Street Scene and Coachella...

    • Gary Hildreth FARGO, ND
      • over 2 years ago

      We have met many people who came to San Francisco just to go to HSB. We are two of those people been their 2011 and 2009. We love coming to San Francisco for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Can't wait to return.

    • Candace Clark OAKLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      These events are not just 'fun' but they are essential to the culture of the Bay Area. Keep culture alive!


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