Feud Erupts Over SF’s Ferris Wheel Extension to 2025
A battle has erupted over whether or not “SkyStar,” San Francisco’s temporary 150-foot-tall observation wheel in Golden Gate Park should be granted a 4 year extension.
Originally planned to last only a year in honor of the park’s 150th anniversary, the wheel sat unused for six months at the beginning of the pandemic and has only been open for a total of 5 weeks.
The Historic Preservation Commission was scheduled to vote on the matter yesterday, but after hearing public comments during yesterday’s online meeting the Commission voted to continue matter until March 3, 2021 to give more time to make a decision.
The SF Rec and Park commission was also scheduled to debate the issue during their meeting on February 18th, but it’s unclear how the Historic Preservation Commissions continuance will affect today’s meeting.
GOLDEN GATE PARK MUSIC CONCOURSE – OBSERVATION WHEEL PERMIT AMENDMENT
Discussion and possible action to authorize the Department to amend the SkyStar Observation Wheel Permit dated February 28, 2020 permit to extend the term to March 1, 2025 due to impacts of Covid-19, with terms substantially the same as the existing permit.
What’s the battle about? According to the SF Gate and KPIX 5, opponents of the extension are concerned with diesel fumes, light pollution and the affect on local wildlife. Proponents of the extension say people are excited to ride the wheel, will make the park safer at night and will help the economic recovery plan for the city.
Recreation and Park says they want to extend the wheel until March 1, 2023, to “offset financial hardship experienced by the vendor” and to March 1, 2025, to reinvigorate the city’s post-pandemic economy.
- Golden Gate Park Observation Wheel Seeks Extension to 2025 – 1/28/21
- SF’s Ferris Wheel Shuts Down Again – 11/28/2020
- SF’s Massive Ferris Wheel Opens Today (Oct. 21) – 10/21/20
- SF’s 150-Foot Ferris Wheel Opens October 21 – 10/7/20
- SF’s Huge 150-Foot Ferris Wheel Opens “Late October” – 9/30/20
- A Huge 150-Foot Ferris Wheel is Now in SF… But No One Can Ride It – 3/21/20
- A 150-Foot Ferris Wheel is Coming to Golden Gate Park in 2020 – 12/12/19
Did you get a chance to ride the Wheel while it was running ? It was open for a total of 5 weeks last year and is set to close next month, but the City is considering an extension this week to #SaveFerris 🎡✨
Would you like to see the Wheel stay? pic.twitter.com/OZY9i3UJp8
— SF Parks Alliance (@SFParksAlliance) February 15, 2021