As someone who bikes in Golden Gate Park several times a week, I feel Heather Murdock missed a few important facts in her commentary supporting JFK Drive’s closure:
1. I have never (not once!) seen a single soul in the GGP shuttle. Every time, every shuttle is empty;
2. Those people who are frail, severely disabled, or dependent upon their community shuttles (e.g., those who live in nursing homes or care centers) cannot access ANY of JFK. One of the highlights of working in the Dahlia Dell is seeing the delight of these residents as they pull up next to the gardens and see the flowers from their vans and shuttles. These people have been denied access for two years now and it may be permanent? Completely unfair. So many elderly or frail San Franciscans have no way to see this part of San Francisco;
3. Why can’t there be a compromise? Why start the closure at Stanyan? Why not consider what the volunteers of the Dahlia Society believe would be a fairer situation and either A) keep JFK Drive open three days a week, including one weekend day; or B) start the closure on the west side of Nancy Pelosi Drive, so people can access Pompeo to enjoy the Dahlia Dell, Native, and Conservatory of Flowers Gardens.
When I talk to the “Keep-JFK-Drive-closed” folks, they often end up agreeing that a compromise is a good solution. I was unable to show my recently-deceased father the Dahlia Dell the last two years of his life, because we couldn’t drive up to the flowers and he wasn’t strong enough to transfer. He had dementia. He and so many others like him miss the pleasure of seeing the Dahlia Dell and other stunning sights along the east end of JFK Drive. Why deny them all this access totally and completely, seven days a week. It’s heartless.
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