Each summer we gather together in this beautiful and serene setting to weed, plant, and renovate the grove and remember the thousands in our community whom we lost to HIV and AIDS, as well as honor those living with it.Come and join fellow JFCS volunteers and San Francisco’s Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, for a fun and meaningful workday at Golden Gate Park’s National AIDS Memorial Grove.
Meeting spot: We'll meet at the intersection of Bowling Green Drive and Nancy Pelosi Drive (formerly Middle Drive)
NOTE: On Sundays and holidays, JFK Drive is closed to traffic. Please take this into consideration if you are preparing to drive! Please also note that finding street parking in the park can be very difficult on any weekend day.
Getting to the Grove: The grove is located in the eastern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at the intersection of Bowling Green Drive and Nancy Pelosi Drive (formerly Middle Drive)—across from the tennis courts. The Grove is easily reachable by car or by public transportation. (Please note that on Sundays JFK Drive is closed to cars.) Although created in natural terrain, much of the Grove, including the Circle of Friends, has been made wheelchair accessible.
This workday is wonderful opportunity for individuals and families!
Tools, gloves, coffee, bagels, and light snacks will be provided. Work clothes are recommended along with a hat and a water bottle.
About the National AIDS Memorial Grove:
The National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. Its mission is to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story is known by future generations. For all the promising prospects on the horizon, AIDS continues to invade our lives, violate our past, and rob us of our comfortable assumptions about the future. The sacred ground of this 10-acre living memorial honors all who have confronted this tragic pandemic; those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils, and supported each other during the final hours.Questions? Contact Miriam Markowitz at: [email protected]