SF Sunday Street Closures

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In a car-dense city like SF, Sunday street closures are a welcome respite from life behind the wheel. SF residents have been enjoying Golden Gate Park’s Sunday street closures for decades—April 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the first “People’s Day in the Park” closure of Kennedy Drive. Hailed “one of the most successful programs of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department,” on the park’s website https://goldengatepark.com/ , Sunday’s car-free streets in Golden Gate Park are a mecca for skaters, cyclist, runners, and walkers alike.

Skatin’ Place, at 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive, will brighten anyone’s mood, on skates or off. Since the roller disco heydays of the ‘70s, colorful roller skaters don their bell bottoms and short shorts and head to this outdoor skating sanctuary, complete with designated glide lanes and dance skating areas where roller skate aficionados rock, and mostly roll, to only the grooviest of tunes. Skatin’ Place is open for skaters every day of the week, but Sunday afternoons are the time to go to get the full experience.

If you prefer your feet planted firmly on the ground, check out Livable City’s Sunday Streets SF program, http://sundaystreetssf.com , when routes one to four miles long are closed to cars from 11am until 4pm on eight Sundays throughout the year. Inspired by Ciclovía in Colombia, when the city of Bogotá closes more than 100 kilometers of roads weekly for cyclists, skaters, and pedestrians to enjoy, Sunday Streets SF highlights various neighborhoods throughout The City with free, festive activities for everyone in the family. For a list of neighborhood event dates, and route and transportation details, visit http://sundaystreetssf.com/season-schedule/ . 

 

Zoe Winter