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“SkyStar” Officially Extended to 2025 (Again)

Golden Gate Park Ferris wheel gets official yes to 4 more years from SF Board of Supervisors
By - posted 3/16/2021 No Comment

The ongoing battle if San Francisco’s Skystar, the Ferris wheel in Golden Gate Park, will stay additional past its original end date may have finally come to an end.

Thanks to KTVU for sharing the news that on Tuesday, March 16, the full board of San Francisco Supervisors voted to keep the attraction for four more years through 2025.

Two weeks ago San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department and the Historic Preservation Committee both signed off on extending “Skystar’s” permit an additional four years though 2025 after a contentious battle between local activists and the Rec and Parks Department.

But on Monday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to revisit the matter at its Tuesday meeting. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the board is considering extending the permit for Skystar only until February 7, 2022 instead of March 1, 2025.

The Board of Supervisors says it has the final say on major contracts involving Golden Gate Park.

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.

📷 Yoki Lin | #yokilin | @yokilin

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