Party at the Randall Museum

The wild party at the Randall Museum on September 13, 2014, was San Francisco Parks Alliance 9th annual Party for the Parks. Some 500 park enthusiasts attended the Wild in the City themed event hosted by co-chairs Connie Goodyear BaronLeith Brooks Barry, Nancy Conner, Beth Roy Jenkyn, Patricia Sellman and Palmer Weiss. The evening served as a benefit for the Creeks to Peaks Trail that connects the leafy forests of Glen Canyon Park with the windswept views of Twin Peaks.

The Randall Museum is a lesser-known jewel of San Francisco’s park system and an institution that has delighted children and families since its opening as the Junior Museum in 1937. It houses changing science, art, and interactive exhibits. The museum’s setting, Corona Heights Park, is a rocky outcropping at almost the geographic center of San Francisco. The site offers gorgeous views of the City, bridges and the Bay.

Scenes from the Party for the Parks at the Randall Museum:

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

“We know that our parks greatly contribute to our quality of life in San Francisco, so it’s important to contribute to our parks,” said Matt O’Grady, Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Parks Alliance. “The annual Party for the Parks is the largest fundraising event for San Francisco’s parks and green open spaces, and it’s a great opportunity to have fun while doing a lot of good.” They did a lot of good this year, raising $413,000 for the parks.  “Every year, proceeds from Party for the Parks have helped fund crucial needs in our parks, from playgrounds to infrastructure to active recreation,“ added Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. “We are incredibly grateful.”

Don’t miss the Randall Museum’s current “Wild in the City” exhibit that features the wildlife of our urban environment. It aims to help children learn how to co-exist with the creatures of San Francisco—coyotes, raccoons, skunks and more.

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