San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is hoping to extend their time in the city park for at least a few more months. This comes as the department presents a summarized public input regarding the lighting and measures implemented in response to a temporary observation wheel. The subject property is a Ferris Wheel; SkyStar Wheel, Landmark No. 249, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park
The Historic Planning Commission (HPC) reviewed and approved the wheel’s one-year installation to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Golden Gate Park. At the hearing, on December 16, 2020, HPC reviewed letters and heard testimony from members of the public concerned about the wheel lights. In response, HPC developed a condition of approval that RPD conducts community outreach regarding the effect of lighting and implement measures to mitigate its impact in coordination with the San Francisco Planning Department.
RPD also presented a general update on the wheel’s status for which the Historic Planning Commission (HPC) originally approved for an operation period not exceeding ten months, starting April 4, 2020. RPD presented to the Commission a preliminary proposal to extend the wheel’s operation beyond the spring of 2021. Construction and installation of the observation wheel began in March of 2020, with a scheduled opening date of April 4, 2020. However, due to Covid-19, the opening of the wheel was delayed.