The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 467
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Art Gallery, the California Academy of Sciences, the Steinhart
Aquarium, and the Temple of Music, where often as many as
twenty thousand music lovers gather on a Sunday afternoon to
listen to concerts by the park band.
To many people one of the most fascinating features of the
park is the forty-acre Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Garden,
where some three thousand choice and in some instances ex-
tremely rare plant specimens are grown, each under conditions
duplicating as nearly as possible those of its natural habitat. Here
side by side are grouped plants from the Himalayas, Mexico,
New Zealand, South Africa, China and Japan, and the Mediter-
The large recreational areas offer activities to satisfy everyone
from the toddlers in the sand boxes to their great-grandfathers
bent over games of checkers and chess at tables set for them in the
sun. There are stables with miles of bridle paths, beautiful lakes
for boating. School teams use the football, baseball, and track
facilities. The public finds relaxation on the tennis courts,
bowling greens, the archery court, and the horseshoe courts. Even
the ambitious fisherman can practice with rod and reel at the
fly casting lakes.
Although Miss Wilson's description of the park and her interest-
ing history of its growth and development are of primary im-
portance to the citizens of San Francisco, who should welcome
so complete a handbook to their park, others who hope to visit
the west will find in it many additions to their lists of "things to
see." As a story of a tremendous achievement and as a sidelight on
the history of the city itself, the book has a wider appeal. To
quote from Miss Wilson's foreword:
The story of Golden Gate Park is in a singular sense the story of a
city's growth in character-of the evolution of its spirit, of its ap-
preciation of cultural and ethical values, of its innate talents and
capacities. Because this park is pure creation, conceived and wrought
out of crude materials into a thing of beauty, it is an expression of
all these and so, as is any work of art, a physical presentment of the
spirit of its creator. Since it is also unique of its kind in the world, it
is in that sense, too, identical with the city that made it.
Golden Gate is dedicated to the Scotsman John McLaren, who
throughout his fifty years as park administrator demonstrated the
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