The fiscal crisis that our nation and city faces is hitting every agency and the Botanical Garden faces damaging cuts. If we don't do something to increase our revenue, the city will be forced to lay off critical employees and the Garden itself will begin to deteriorate. San Francisco would lose the unique urban oasis that the Garden provides. Please help our beloved garden by supporting the Recreation and Park proposal for a modest $7 fee for non-residents only by signing this petition. For more information, visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden website.
Dear Recreation and Park Commission Members and Board of Supervisors:
We, the undersigned, support the plan to save the San Francisco Botanical Garden by implementing a modest $7 non-resident fee. Without this plan, gardeners will be cut, the Gardens will decline, and education programs will be in jeopardy. San Francisco will lose the unique urban oasis that the Garden provides. Much of this beautiful space could be destroyed and invaluable collections would be lost.
Over 500,000 visitors visit the Botanical Garden every year and enjoy the rare experience of exploring over 100,000 plants of 8,000 varieties in a special area of Golden Gate Park. Over 10,000 school children (90% from San Francisco) each year get the opportunity to enjoy this firsthand experience and learn about sustainability, conservation, and ecology on the grounds and in the library at the Botanical Garden.
Virtually all botanical gardens in the United States charge admission fees that are often much higher than this and usually apply to all visitors. Even other institutions in Golden Gate Park charge a fee to their visitors. This proposal would bring in enough money to stave off job and service cuts, with the least impact on its visitors. Without it, the Garden will certainly face severe cuts, endangering the collection of rare plants and depriving community residents of a tranquil place to visit.
We urge you to pass this proposal, which would implement a non-resident fee that would not apply to San Francisco residents, SFBGS members, or school groups that visit the Garden. It would also provide graduated prices for out-of-town seniors and children, and provide designated "free days" for all attendees. The SFBGS has done all that it can do to continue its 55-year record of supporting the Garden in this economy. Now we need your help.