Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove
|Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove|
San Francisco Ballet at Stern Grove
|Operated by||SF Recreation and Parks Department|
Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, locally called Stern Grove, is a 33-acre (130,000 m2) recreational site in the Sunset District, San Francisco, California. It is administered by the city's Recreation and Parks Department, and is the concert setting for the 80-year-old (as of 2017) Stern Grove Festival.
The site, along Sloat Boulevard between 19th and 34th Avenues about two miles (3 km) south of the Golden Gate Park, was donated to the city in 1931 by Rosalie Meyer Stern, daughter of Marc Eugene Meyer, who named the park for her late husband Sigmund Stern, a philanthropist, nephew of Levi Strauss, and son of David Stern. The original Stern Grove landscaping and facilities were built by the Works Progress Administration. It consists of several park sections including the Concert Meadow, the West Meadow, and Pine Lake Park. The grove's Pine Lake is one of three natural lakes in the city of San Francisco. In 2005, Stern Grove underwent a $15 million renovation, designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. New features included drainage improvements and erosion control, an expanded outdoor stage and performance facilities, and terraces and additional bleacher-style seating, built of stone walls, along the slope opposite the stage.
Since 1938, there have been weekly concerts and performances in the outdoor amphitheater during the summer months. Supported entirely by contributions, the concerts have always been free to the public. Crowds have often exceeded 20,000 persons.
Stern Grove is also known as a popular party location for local private high schools in San Francisco.
- David Wiegand (2005-04-13). "For Stern Grove, a rock-solid renovation". San Francisco Chronicle.
- A 1953 history of Stern Grove from the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
- Early history of Stern Grove from the Western Neighborhoods Project
- Renovation of Stern Grove by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, San Francisco Chronicle article.
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