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Chris Pollock

Many fascinating fragments in San Francisco’s city parks raise the question, “What’s the story here?” These pieces are leftovers of larger construction projects—private, public, or military. The sites included in this talk are all located in parks administrated by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. You have probably passed by them numerous times and not known what you were seeing. Find out what part they played in the city’s storied past.

Chris Pollock is the official San Francisco Recreation & Park historian for all the parks and squares in San Francisco. He is working on a revised and updated version of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park: A Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories, his book originally published in 2001. Chris was trained as an architectural designer and has also worked as an architectural historian.

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Roosevelt Middle School features on-site parking (enter on Palm Avenue) and public transportation nearby.