Saturday, Nov 14, 2015. Crissy Field, SF, 11 a.m. (helicopter at noon sharp). Celebrate! The National Park Service will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, and hundreds of national parks, monuments, preserves, seashores, battlefields, recreation areas, and trails are being asked to contribute a photo showcasing each individual locale. Note: on Nov. 11, the times were changed. Meet at 10:30 AM. The helicopter (see below) is now scheduled to fly over at 11:30 AM.
Organizer, Brad Newsham, writes, “The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is the most-visited wonder in the entire Park Service galaxy, receiving approximately 15 million visitors per year (more visitors than Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, or any other park).” The Sat. Nov. 14 event is the kickoff event.
“Students enrolled in a Recreation, Parks, and Tourism class at San Francisco State University have created an information and registration site and are advertising the event and attracting the crowd.” Newsham is going to organize that crowd into a design reading “100!” on Crissy Field.
Newsham gives these important details:
To participate, please arrive no later than 11 a.m. (now 10:30 AM)
At noon sharp (now 11:30 AM), a helicopter carrying John Montgomery, professional photographer and member of Bay Area Travel Writers, will arrive overhead. The event will wrap up by 12:30 p.m.
Wear your brightest orange, please. (Second best choice: red.)
And please register. (After the event, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will mail a beautiful commemorative postcard to your registration address.) If proximity and your schedule allow, please do come.”
Newsham is no stranger to organizing meaningful events. Highlights include: 2006: he was “issued… a permit to send a photographer in a rented helicopter over Ocean Beach in San Francisco to capture images of 1,000 people assembled into an enormous ‘human banner’ spelling out ‘IMPEACH!’ 2012: he organized a human banner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge for the GGNRA officials.”
On a more somber note: On Sunday, November 15, 2015. World Day of Remembrance. Walk SF states that “this is a moment for all of us to unite and say ‘Enough is enough.’ Join us. Every statistic is not just a number, it’s a person — like you — or Bridget Klecker, who had moved to San Francisco in the 90s, was killed at Kearny and California by a speeding driver; 87-year old Alfred Yee, lauded by his wife Evelyn for always being a cautious walker, was killed while in a crosswalk at Geary at 26th Avenue; and 39-year old Gregory Ihm visiting for his sister’s wedding, who lost his life while standing at Market and Third. Their stories represent the real human toll of traffic violence and their deaths weren’t accidents, they were preventable.
“That’s why Walk SF is asking members and the public to stand with us on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. You can help shine a light on this issue. RSVP for the memorial. Join Walk SF’s first World Day of Remembrance memorial and educate others that these tragedies, and the suffering they cause, can be prevented. Demand action to fix the city’s fast, unsafe streets and the dangerous conditions, which allow these crashes to continue.
RSVP today to receive information of meeting locations and other details.