City Says Stow Lake Boathouse Not in Danger of Yuppification

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM PDT
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City Says Stow Lake Boathouse Not in Danger of Yuppification

The Stowlake Boathouse will keep its integrity, according to the City.

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The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department took a bit of a defensive stance at a community meeting about the proposed overhaul to the Stow Lake Boathouse.

The department listed a number of "myths" and "facts" about the embryonic project.

Perhaps philosophically foremost (but third on the list) they say their primary goal in tweaking the boathouse isn't to increase cash flow.

It's to "upgrade the condition of the boathouse and to enhance the amenities provided to park users."

Next, looking to Crissy Field's Warming Hut for inspiration, they're proposing an indoor/outdoor cafe, not a "white-linen table cloth" restaurant, and any new operator would forever be required to serve pink popcorn "and other traditional favorites."

On top of all this, Rec and Park plans to keep the boathouse's "historic character" the same.

So, really, almost nothing's changing. Whew.

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