Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Keeping Its Name

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    Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead is pictured in this 1995 file image.

    A San Francisco amphitheater named in honor of Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia will keep the late artist's name.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a nonprofit group, Levitt Pavilions, has dropped its plan to renovate the venue and rename it. Levitt Pavilions spokeswoman Vanessa Silberman said the main reason for the group's decision was that the site didn't meet its requirements.

    Levitt Pavilions needs two acres of open lawn seating at their venues. The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park sits on a half-acre site with concrete steps and bleacher seats.

    Levitt Pavilions planned to rename the venue, ``Levitt Pavilion San Francisco at Jerry Garcia Meadow.''

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    Trixie Garcia, Garcia's daughter, said Levitt made the right decision. Jerry Garcia grew up in a neighborhood near the park.

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