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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

San Francisco's Ass Being Kicked in Online Park Competition. Can You Help?

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 6:30 AM

McLaren Park in the 1930s, back when few San Franciscans had appliances they could dump there - CALIFORNIA'S LIVING NEW DEAL PROJECT
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  • McLaren Park in the 1930s, back when few San Franciscans had appliances they could dump there
We've joked before that there are places in sprawling McLaren Park no one has ever been to before. Dinosaurs may roam its grounds; we just don't know. What we do know is that it's a primo locale to dump a body, dump an appliance, find a body, find an appliance, or find a body in an appliance.

That's not an honor the park's enthusiasts were thrilled to have. So, a number of them managed to get McLaren Park into the More Green Across America contest against nine other green spaces, with the one receiving the most online votes winning a $30,000 makeover.

That's the good news. The bad news is, San Francisco is getting an epic beatdown in the voting -- which ends today.

click to enlarge McLaren Park's playground needs some TLC.
  • McLaren Park's playground needs some TLC.
Both Southern High School in Harwood, Md. and B. Vermilya Memorial Park in Columblaville, Mich. have more than 20,000 votes compared to McLaren's 7,500 (and that includes your humble narrator's tally). And yet, everyone's getting blown out of the water by Fun Forest Playground in Cheapespeake, Va., with more than 61,000 votes.

Perhaps the underdog factor is playing in the Virginia park's favor: On April 1 some miscreant burned the place to a crisp. McLaren's post-apocalyptic playground has no such grand excuse. It's just crappily maintained.

In any event, voting ends today. You can throw down for the local park here. Or, you can do nothing. Based on this photo of McLaren Park's swing set, neglect is par for the course.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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