Harding
Park, San Francisco

In the middle external link of Lake Merced external link San Francisco
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Access Off Skyline Boulevard
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 18 June 2010)
(Photo taken 11:58:26 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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Harding Park is a narrow park that borders Harding Road. The purpose of Harding Road is to provide automobile access from Skyline Boulevard to the Harding Golf Course. What makes Harding Park special is that it features piers, fishing platforms, boat rentals, as well as the usual rolling grass, barbecues, and statues. A sidewalk around Lake Merced allows access by walking or bicycle. Also the 18 MUNI bus runs right to the Park's entry.


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Across From A Blue Door
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 11:59:12 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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Across Skyline Boulevard from the park's entry was a blue roll-up door which was part of the city's water system. There were no sidewalks on the other side of Skyline Boulevard, nor was there a crosswalk at the entry to Harding Park, nor was there any parking on that stretch of Skyline Boulevard.


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Regulations Posted
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 18 June 2010)
(Photo taken 11:59:20 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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Regulations were posted governing the path around Lake Merced in general. But the sign was aligned to suggest they were rules governing the park. The sign read:

REGULATIONS
for the enjoyment and preservation of
Lake Merced perimeter pathway

PATHWAY USERS stay on right of designated paved or dirt path at all times.

WALKING and JOGGING permitted on dirt path.

DOG-WALKING permitted only on paved path. Keep dogs on leash (Chap. VI Art 2 Sec. 16 Municipal Code). Dog owners responsible for picking up their dogs' feces (Health Code Sec. 40).

BICYCLING permitted only on paved path. Safety control speed: 10 mph maximum. Alert pathway users when passing.

MOTORIZED VEHICLES prohibited.

LITTERING prohibited.

City and County of San Francisco Recreation and Park Dept.


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The Roadway In
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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The roadway into the park was wide with lots of parking along the side of the road. Compare the width of roadway access to the width of sidewalk access. Clearly this park is one of the rare parks in San Francisco that expected more automobile than pedestrian access.


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The Middle Of Lake Merced
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:01:40 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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Harding Park is unusual because it is bordered on both sides by Lake Merced. This one feature made it scenic and pastoral once the fog fully burned off.


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Lake Access
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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Multiple points of access to the lake provided ways to cool one's feet, or to fish, or to watch for birds. Here, steps down allowed access to the water.


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A Family Fished
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:04:42 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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If properly licensed, fishing is allowed on the lake. Fishing piers have been constructed or, as with this family, rocks could be used.


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Picnic Tables
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:08:02 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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Picnic tables and barbecues were scattered around an idyllic setting. A water faucet provided drinking and cooking water. On Sunday, all the tables were claimed and occupied.


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Disabled Access
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:09:06 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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One sign indicated that access for the disabled was included in the park's design. By "beach" this sign really meant access to the lake's shore.


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A Viewing Platform
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:09:12 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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A platform set out in the lake could be used for viewing or fishing. Benches provided seating for the elderly, infirm, or lazy youth.


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Feed Ducks
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 18 June 2010)
(Photo taken 12:12:00 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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A railed path provided access to the lake for feeding ducks and mud hens.


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Carlos III, King of Spain
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:12:18 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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A statue overlooked the picnic area. Bronze sign on the statue's base was printed in English and Spanish. The English read:

Carlos III, King of Spain

Settler of California, champion of the cause of the American independence, who directed colonel Don Juan Bautista De Anza to establish a presidio, a mission and a city in San Francisco in the Year 1776.

This statue was donated by King Juan Carlos I of Spain on the bicentennial of the City of San Francisco, 1976.


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Seating Under Rolling Hills
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:14:32 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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Paths lead around low rolling hills along side the lake. Here, one path ended at a bench with a lake view.


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A Blackbird Loitered
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:14:44 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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In addition to ducks and mud hens, blackbirds and other birds could be seen and heard in and around the park.


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A Fishing Pier
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:15:38 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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A fishing pier jutted out into the lake. From it, one could see the floating dock used by all the long boats that had been practicing that afternoon.


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Practice Dragon Boat
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:16:10 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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This was one of the practice dragon boats seen on the lake that day. Two of these boats had circled the lake over and over with the crews rehearsing for a competition later in the year.


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A Housefinch
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:17:52 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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One of several different kinds of birds in the park that afternoon was this housefinch.


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The View West
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:18:54 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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An overview shot of the park from its eastern end, looking back toward Skyline Boulevard in the west. The park may be long and thin, but it is lush and attractive just the same. Off to the left (out of frame) was the boat house.


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Boat Rentals
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:21:58 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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Boats for rent (except on Sundays) included cat-boats (day sailing boats) rowboats and electric motor boats. Access to the docks was restricted to those with rental tickets or to members of the clubs in the boathouse.


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The Boathouse
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
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(Photo taken 12:24:00 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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The boathouse was rundown but has been scheduled for renewal by the Recreation and Parks Department. The bottom floor of the boathouse was lined with storage for use by the various clubs. Boat rentals are managed by a private company.


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A Fisherman
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 18 June 2010)
(Photo taken 12:26:12 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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A fisherman on a floating dock could be seen just below the Golf Course building on shore behind the trees. The eastern end of Harding park was occupied by the Harding Park Golf Course.


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Parking For The Boathouse
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 18 June 2010)
(Photo taken 12:34:24 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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The parking lot for the boathouse. Notice that just beyond the parking lot was the start of the Harding Park Golf Course.


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Springtime Flowers
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Harding Park inside Lake Merced
Harding Road, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 18 June 2010)
(Photo taken 12:42:36 Sunday 28 March 2010)
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Bordering the park in places were the blooming flowers of springtime. Notice the boat still rehearsing on the lake, and the bird perched on a branch in the center of the picture.


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