Sunday Streets Sunset/Golden Gate Park
June 7th, 2020 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday Street’s longest route runs through the Outer Sunset and parts of Golden Gate Park, following the city’s western edge along the super-scenic Great Highway. Experience the beauty of San Francisco’s coastline through car-free, open streets, making it the perfect route to bring a scooter or bike – or the perfect excuse to dust off your roller skates!
After touring the Great Highway, stop at the Sunday Streets Activity Hub located near the Murphy Windmill, then follow your way up the park to the next hub, located at Spreckels Lake near the Bison Paddock. (Don’t forget to pick up an Explore Local Map for a year-round guide to businesses, resources and open spaces in this neighborhood!) From bike education to interactive art projects to live music, partake in free, fun activities for all.
This coastal neighborhood has a high concentration of families, children and seniors, and nearby Ocean Beach and the SF Zoo draws visitors. Come see why locals love Henry’s House of Coffee, check out the expansive and beautiful Golden Gate Park, or explore local art at the Great Highway Gallery. Surfers frequent beachside cafes, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, whether you’re craving hot pot, sushi or brunch.
TRANSIT & LIVABILITY
Unlike most Sunday Streets, Sunset/Golden Gate Park takes place in an area rich in recreational opportunities, from Ocean Beach to the 1,017-acre park itself.
Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive regularly closes to car traffic in the spring and summer with the Healthy Saturdays program, and the city is even considering keeping the thoroughfare car-free year-round. The Sunday Streets route connects to this popular car-free thoroughfare for a total length of six miles.
Sunday Streets brings an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of the coast on foot or bike and see a model of a greener, car-free future.
DID YOU KNOW?
Surfing legend Jack O’Neill invented wetsuits and sold them in his newly opened surf shop on the Great Highway near Wawona Street in 1952.
Two windmills standing near the Pacific Ocean in the western corners of Golden Gate Park were built at the beginning of the 20th Century to pump fresh water into the park’s lakes and irrigation system. The Murphy Windmill features the longest sails in the world, with the ability to lift 40,000 gallons of water per hour.
In 1874, initial work in Golden Gate Park — largely by horticulturalist John McLaren — centered on planting trees to stabilize the dunes that covered three quarters of the area. By 1879, 155,000 trees were planted.