Party for the Parks at Bercut Equitation Field

Some 500 cowgirls and cowboys gathered at Bercut Equitation Field in Golden Gate Park for lasso tricks, trick riding, and the 7th annual Party for the Parks on September 7, 2013. Bercut Equitation Field, formerly known as Horseman’s Retreat, was created in the 1940s as a riding ring to practice horsemanship in San Francisco.

Each year San Francisco Parks Alliance holds a fundraising event in a unique city park, playing field or nature area to draw attention to local outdoor pleasures. Some past celebrated spaces include Coit Tower, the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden and the Marina Green. Ticket sales and contributions support San Francisco Parks Alliance, a group that raises millions of dollars annually for one hundred partner community groups that upkeep and support parks, and serves as an advocate for sensible park policies that respect the voices of the community amid city budget conflicts and increasing maintenance and capital needs.

Party for the Parks at Bercut Equitation Field

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

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