We're big fans of the Presidio and Crissy Field here at Curbed SF. Welcome to In the Presidio, a weekly series covering what's going on at what may be the country's most far-ranging and complex examples of adaptive re-use.
Local, Sustainable Golf: First constructed in 1895, the Presidio Golf course is the 2nd-oldest course west of the Mississippi. It was maintained in the spit-and-polish Army way, with fertilizer runoff contributing to the ruin of Mountain Lake over the decades. It's currently undergoing a re-greening to make it more environmentally sustainable, with a goal of more native plants, less water, and a more challenging playing surface, so the Trust's biological technicians, park service staff and staff and golf course workers are planting native Junegrass and red fescue. As for maintenance, we know a well-managed herd of goats.
Can't make it London?: Try the Presidio Games, a family event sponsored by the Walt Disney Family Museum and other tenants in partnership with the Presidio Trust. It's on the recently re-lawned Parade Ground, and food trucks from Off The Grid will be there to feed you. We're hoping for Bike Polo.
Firemens: The San Francisco Fire Department Historical Society will start off the Presidio Games with a vintage fire truck parade and a ladder-climbing demonstration. Apparently, the Society has one of the c.1925 65-foot high ladders (replaced in the '60s by the current steel aerial ladders) made of Douglas Fir from the Department's own grove of trees in Oregon. And plans to use it.
· Mountain Lake's Aquatic Refugees Moving to Sonoma County [Curbed SF]
· Presidio Games on the Main Parade Ground [Presidio Trust]
· 65-ft Ladder Presentations [SFFD]