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apart and issues that everyone, regardless of ability to pay, has the same experience. in northwest community apart -- response network, to host experience. this unique opportunity provides approximately 40 of the city's most vulnerable youth the chance to connect with nature, learn new skills, establish productive relationships and it in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. we did this last year and had approximately 40 participants. 10 of those participants are currently working in some capacity. as some of you may know, this past weekend, we held a little concert in the park called outside lands.
>> good morning, commissioners. director property management for the department. as the general manager mentioned, we did have the outside festival this weekend in golden gate park. the second straight year that the event has sold out. over 195,000 visitors came to see our park looking absolutely fantastic this weekend. i will not bury the lead -- the great news is that the department will be receiving over $1,720,000 in grants for this event this year. that is over $270,000 more than we received last year. it is really a tribute, i think, to the effort that our partner has done in building a successful event. there were a few years i think it took to build the event to where we are at the point where
it sells out each year, but that is certainly our hope, that moving forward it will be as popular as it was this year. on the community side, we have had a number of conversations with community members building up to the event. very happy to say that the phone calls that we received through the community hot line are significantly less than they were last year. we receive less than 50% of the sound complaints this year that we did last year. again, i think that is a testament to the constant revisions we have made each year to the sound system and also to the outreach that we have done with the community to let them know about this event, set expectations for what is coming, and how we can best get them on our parks, on the park's, and the polo fields.
they are back. most of the equipment is out of the park. the water has been turned on. our initial report is that everything is looking good. it will take time for some of the yellow grass to grow, but there is no significant damage to the park, and we are very excited for a week or two abreast and having our meadows looking as great as they always do. with that said, i would like to turn it over to talk about some of the new elements of the festival and some of the more popular elements in this hi, c. i know some of you came up to the festival this weekend, and i hope you enjoy yourselves. it was a very successful year. for the first time in the history of the festival, we sold out in advance. we sold out last year at the door, and this year, we sold out a week in advance, which we were excited about.
everything went very smoothly. that is a testament to obviously our staff, but also working very closely with rec and park and their staff. they did a fantastic job, and i feel like we are in a good place and work environment together. i want to give you a little quote that came out this week in "rolling stone" magazine -- " more than a cookie cutter rock festival. it takes advantage by pointedly celebrating all that is the bay area. it is a strategy that makes the event, now in its 50th year, stand apart from any other festival in its class. two of the three headliners' lived a short distance from san francisco -- two of the three headliners live a short distance from san francisco, while most
of the beer and wine were locally sourced." it is really nice to see the recognition with that aspect of the festival. highlights this year -- always the music, but i think for me, stevie wonder ending the festival was really a joyous and sublime event in the park. people singing and dancing along with stevie wonder. everyone who left the park that night was grinning ear to ear, spontaneously breaking into song as they left the park. as in years past, up to 25% of the artists that were in the festival were local, which we are excited about. we had 60 local restaurants this year. that is 98% of the restaurant on site or local. we had a local chocolate maker curate that area, and those were
all local restaurants, including candy bar, and i'm not sure of all the other ones. we had 36 wineries all from california, curator by peter eastlake. we added a beer land this year, 16 microbreweries all from california, and 200% were from san francisco proper, which was no easy feat to find -- 25% were from san francisco proper. finally, we've brought back the bari, -- the barbary, a 100- year-old belgian tent. i do not know if you all got to check it out, but it is beautiful. we focus on, be there this year, and we worked with sf sketch
fest, a local comedy producer, to curate that, and they did a wonderful job. we are looking at getting a bigger tent for next year. finally, with the art, we hired juxtapose, a local arts organization, and they did most of the art for us. this year, we are giving more than $1.72 million to separate cisco's recreation and park department -- to san francisco's recreation and parks department. in the five years we have done the event, that is over $5 million we have given, and we are very proud to be able to say that. i do not know if i have officially told you, but i believe you do know we did an economic impact report last year.
what we learned was on last year's event -- and we expect it to be more this year -- we brought in over $60 million to the san francisco economy with hotels and transportation, restaurants, and what not. in closing, i want to show some pictures from the festival. i will pass them around quickly so you can take a look. hopefully it captures a little bit of the festival. right here, this is the polo field. stevie wonder had the biggest audience of the weekend. it is truly a multi-generational festival. >> can you come to the mike so people can hear you?
this is literally a matter of -- this is linley meadow, and those are some happy faces near the stage. now i know how vanna white feels. these are some happy faces in the crowd right here. i'm not sure what year this could have been. it could have been this year. [laughter] >> [inaudible] people from woodstock. >> some young, happy faces. that sums it up. it was a celebration, and people were just grinning ear to ear all weekend. composting and recycling and waste a version is a big part of our festival. last year, i believe we had a 77% waste diversion rate, and we
expect to beat that this year. people in front of the store, if they collect bottles or debris, we give them tickets to coming up concerts', merchandise from the festival -- we really encourage people to pick up around them and leave only footprints -- tickets to a coming-out concerts' -- tickets to coming-up concerts, merchandise from the festival. finally, another shot from the main stage while beck was playing. one thing we would change is a lot more sun. everyone was bundled up, wearing jackets, wrapped in blankets. but this is a shot of the main stage. thank you all for all your support.
we look forward to next year. [applause] commissioner buell: thank you. >> thank you. i just wanted to know how much personal time and attention the entire another planet give to the details of the festival, and their concern for -- obviously, this is a festival that has a big impact. it is a big concert in golden gate park. all throughout the weekend, they were in constant touch with us as issues arose, problem solving. they were responsive. whenever possible, they made shifts on the fly in the name of mitigation to community impact. this has become an incredible,
iconic event. we are always mindful of the fact that there is neighborhood impact of the event. the planning for this is year round, and every year, we continue to focus and learn lessons from what worked and what we can improve on the prior year, and we work to do that in the subsequent year. by the way, my favorite booth was a pop up restaurant called outside lamb. [laughter] i wanted to just again thank another planet for a great weekend. now we have this month in parks where you might get to see a little bit of outside lands, if i am predicting correctly, and that would conclude the general managers report -- the general manager's report.
[applause] >> and that concludes the general manager's report. thank you. >> we do have public comment on this item. >> i would like to pass these out to the commissioner's pleas. they are my report on the festival. every year, the park preservation alliance does a report from the viewpoint of protection and other relevant issues. i would like to remind everyone that the reason this is held in
the park is because it is a park and that there are trees, and trees need protection. i like to refer you to this first page of photographs. i do not think i have time to put them on the overhead, so if people want a copy of this, they can contact us at goldengateparkpreservation.org. on pre-concert setup, and entire grove -- an entire grove of trees was taken up by trucks. let's get the vehicles out from under the trees. trees were routinely parked next to the trees on top of sensitive root areas. a camper was parked in the park, and it looked very much like someone was living there. i think you need to check the permit. a tour through the concert site showed that the interior forest
was used for vehicles, and pads were pretty much ground -- paths were pretty much ground to dust. there is some good news -- airways were built into the concert area, which is an excellent idea for protecting vegetation. i would say from the number of food and vendor booths one could conclude that the opportunities for income might come as much from vendor sales as ticket sales, and with all due respect, i think you might need to check into it and the next time you negotiate a contract, you might find out more about that. you will see that the polo field, which is newly renovated, is very brown. i hope it recovers quickly. page six, unfortunately, there were not adequate porta-potti --
port-a-potties and people decided to use the back of the woods as a urinal. i think that needs to be regulated. the needs to be somebody there to make sure this kind of behavior does not take place. recycling efforts were good, but there was smoking, so there is a little bit of a disconnect between park policy. we ran into park goers, who said all the restaurants in the park were locked, and they were not allowed to get into the porta- potty. these were elderly people walking their dog. commissioner buell: thank you. >> is there any other public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioner buell: let me ask some commissioners about this. commissioner bonilla?
commissioner bonilla: i attended the sunday concert mostly to go listen to stevie wonder, and when i sat there, i was just really impressed with how orderly everything was. i sat on the bleachers. i just looked at the whole field, and people were just really, totally into the music. i was so impressed at how many people of different ages knew all the words to all the stevie wonder songs. that was definitely true. as i sat there, i could not help but feel that the concert, even though there were massive numbers of people there, that it felt just like -- it felt like
an intimate, outdoor family picnic. that is actually the feeling i got sitting there because it was just so orderly. people getting into the music. so i really want to congratulate the staff of another planet for just doing such a fantastic job to create that kind of feeling. commissioner arata: i want to say thank you to another planet. there was great signage. i live in clarendon heights, and the sound was much better this year than last year, so thank you for that. i think the fog might have
helped a little bit, but it was better than last year, so thank you. commissioner harrison: i would like to ask the general manager -- not to get away from the outside lans, which i think was a wonderfuln+n+j -- not to gety from the outside2f2fy÷ lands, wi think was wonderful, but there are some tennis courts at camp mather. >> we spent -- i think it was a 3 to 6-month project that greeted the base of the tennis courts. the way they were originally designed, they cracked in temperatures of in the sierras -- up in the sierras. i do not have some of the
technical design details at hand, but the courts wereññ?>fñ redone to the base that would allow for the weather to kind of take its course. completely resurfaced. the most important thing to add is that the courts are in much better condition, and we use the opportunity to begin tennis programming of that ca -- camp mather, which is not something we had previously done. while i'm at it, turning back to the public u$e eb, etals
protect irrigation infrastructure -- we turn off our irrigation in the meadows. the fact that the meadows were brown is to be expected. we do this every year. they will bounce back very quickly. the lawns are already starting to be watered regularly again. i want to give a shout out to my gardening staff for their knowledge and expertise, which we rely on in planning how to manage our meadows and open spaces during the festival. >> we are item four, general public comment. members of the public may address the commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission and that do not appear on the agenda. with respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the commission will be aborted when the item is reached during the meeting. >> commissioners, my name is richard hamlin. as some of you may recall, 3.5 years ago, a reporter in "sf weekly" wrote an article showing that marcus santiago was being a little too generous to his friends, and nothing changed. lo and behold, because markets santiago allocated over time by race -- because marcos santiago allocated overtime by race, the city and county is going to pay $250,000. the question needs to be asked
and answered -- why is marcus santiago, who expose us, put us in this position, and his boss -- why are they still employed here? commissioner buell: thank you. >> karen mccoy. >> good morning, commissioners. i am a former recreation director with the sentence is go recreation and park department, and i would like to speak to you on behalf of my neighbors and my community, friends and neighbors of merced heights community.
i work for the sanford cisco recreation and park department since march 24, 1981, and i started off in aquatics -- i worked for the san francisco recreation and park department. i got my first job speaking at a playground meeting in which they were going to close the playground clubhouse down for children who came there after school to do homework. anyway, as i came forward, i wanted to get involved with my playground. i have seen many playgrounds all over san francisco. i have worked for many playgrounds all over san francisco, and i started various groups, and i just would like to ask one question -- why is merced heights' playground being overlooked? it has been overlooked three
times. we have had three meetings in our community, one of which was when it was a latchkey site. the second one in which they asked for public and resident commons, and then i started a group called friends and neighbors of merced heights playground. so my one question to the commission is -- why is the playground being overlooked in district 11? it received a d grade with the park alliance, and then it went to an f. now it has a c-. commissioner buell: thank you.