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SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

GOLDEN GATE PARK, November 30th, 1877,

To the Honorable the Board of Park Commissioners :

GENTLEMEN: I herewith submit a statement of the works prosecuted on the grounds under your supervision, during the two years ending November thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-seven.

PARK MAINTENANCE.

counsel, and in such case the Commissioners ask for discretionary power.

Under said section two the Commissioners did not consider themselves authorized to employ a Secretary. They submit that such illjudged economy only operates in such a way as to take up the time of other officers when they could be more profitably employed.

Exhibits D and E show the number of visitors to the Park. Attention is called to the fact that the numbers have been steadily increasing.

Permission has been given to the United States to construct a life saving station at the northwest corner of Golden Gate Park. A house is now being built which promises to be ornamental as well as useful.

Exhibit L shows a creditable list of donations made to the Park. It is also proposed by a number of liberal citizens to make a donation of a highly ornamental iron and glass structure imported at great cost by the late James Lick. The Board should be authorized to erect this edifice. The estimated cost of erection is fifteen thousand dollars. When finished it would doubtless return a good rental,

In conclusion, we recommend an increase of the Park tax to three (3) cents upon each one hundred dollars valuation of taxable property in the city and county for Maintenance Fund, and also the authority to rent an office and employ a Secretary and Engineer, at the discretion of the Commission, as provided in section four, Act eight hundred and two, entitled "An Act to provide for the improvement of public parks in the City and County of San Francisco," approved April fourth, eighteen hundred and seventy.

Control of the grades on D and H Streets should be given to the Commission in order that uniformity of grade may be established from Stanyan Street to the ocean.

Respectfully submitted,

The labor employed has been engaged principally in the maintenance of the completed drives, walks, and plantations of Golden Gate Park,

MAINTENANCE OF DRIVES AND WALKS.

This work comprises the dressing, sprinkling, cleaning, and smaller repairs necessary to keep them in good condition.

There are now constructed and in use thirty-five thousand eight hundred and eighty-two linear feet of roadway, varying in width from thirty-six to ninety feet, and one million six hundred thousand eight hundred and thirty square feet in area. This has received a coating of rock over its entire extent twice since November, eighteen hundred and seventy-five, and as many as four times on considerable portions where the wear and tear has been greatest. Sprinkling with hose and wagons employs a force of men and teams, exclusively, at least five months, and partially during the remainder of the year.

The finished walks have been kept in repair. Those unfinished cannot well be completed until the grounds adjacent have received the final work of shaping and plantation.

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MAINTENANCE OF PLANTATIONS.

the grass.

This work embraces watering and attendance, such as trimming, mulching, staking, and hoeing around trees and shrubs, and care of

In the avenue and eastern district of Golden Gate Park there have been planted up to date, trees and shrubs, sixty-five thousand seven hundred and sixty-six; in the western, or sand district, thirty-seven thousand eight hundred and eighty-two.

Attention has been bestowed principally on the plantations in the avenue and eastern district of Golden Gate Park. Their progress has been fair, nothwithstanding the drouth of the past season and insufficient facilities for water distribution, which, under present circumstances, could not be avoided.

Heavy pruning has been resorted to with several varieties of trees, to enable them to withstand the prevailing summer winds and the storms of winter, which while it causes them to present rather an unfavorable appearance at present, will in the future, I believe, be more than recompensed by their strength, compactness, and symetry of form.

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The work of improvement has been limited to the completion of a part of the walks, the construction of a bridle-path five thousand feet long and twenty feet broad, the preparation of grounds, formation of compost heaps, and the propagation and planting of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants,

There were raised in the Park Nursery, season of eighteen hundred and seventy-five and six, trees and shrubs, twenty-two thousand four hundred and ninety-nine; season of eighteen hundred and seventysix and seven, trees and shrubs, thirteen thousand one hundred and thirty-seven; season of eighteen hundred and seventy-seven and eight, trees and shrubs, viz: Tamarisks, seven thousand; Monterey pine, seven thousand six hundred; blue gums, nine thousand seven hundred; flowering plants, one thousand five hundred.

There are, in addition, in boxes, eighteen thousand Monterey pines, and four thousand seedlings of other sorts, for the season of eighteen hundred and seventy-eight and nine; also, there will be about ten thousand flowering plants ready by next spring,

For the cost of all the different works of maintenance and improvement, as well as stock and material purchased for those purposes during the two years ending with this date, I refer you to Exhibit C., accompanying this report.

Respectfully submitted,

Product of sale of 125 bonds of

Park improvements. $1,000 00 each, at 92 5-100----- $115,062 50 Surveying and engineering Product of sale of 125 bonds of

Salary account $1,000 00 each, sold 25 at 92, 25

Street account. at 91 75-100, 75 at 91 55-100.

174,600 00 Advertising Product of sale of 75 bonds of

Office rent. $1,000 00 each, at

par

75,000 00 Printing and lithographingProduct of sale of 75 bonds of

$366,231 35

16,165 00 13,395 00 8,973 17 2,690 18 1,910 00 1,641 20

W. B. PRICHARD,

Superintendent.

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Interest account. $1,000 00 each, at 93

69,750 00 Stationery Product of sale of 75 bonds of

General expenses. $1,000 00 each, sold 35 at 90 70

Office expenses 100, 40 at 91 5-100

68,165 00 Street account

2,902 86 Park improvements, sale of Lupin seed, and use of tools

812 76 Police account

660 00 Interest account

396 00 Balance cash on hand November Pound account

356 50

30th, 1875

914 97 549 75 357 50 349 55

34,527 95

$447,705 62

$447,705 62 Balance cash on hand November 30th, 1875..

$34,527 95

EXHIBIT B.

Park Commissioners' receipts and disbursements from November 30th, 1875, to November 30th, 1877.

Receipts.

Disbursements.

Balance cash on hand November

Improvements and maintenance. $83,496 93 30th, 1875. $34,527 95 Salary account.

6,586 66 Sale of rustic lumber. 48 80 Office rent.

315 00 From General Fund..

15,000 00 Printing and lithographing--- 459 00 From taxes. 40,636 83 Stationery..

80 51 From sale of disabled horses. 161 50 Office expenses-

93 75 Police account..

1,520 00
General expenses

34 50 Pound account.

518 00 Balance cash on hand November
30th, 1877.--

1,346 73

$92,413 08

$92,413 08

Balance cash on hand November

30th, 1877

$1,346 73

San Francisco, California, November 30th, 1877.

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EXHIBIT C.

EXHIBIT C-Continued.

Detailed statement of disbursements from November 30th, 1875, to November 30th, 1877.

Amount brought forward Stationery, see Xxhibit B Office expenses, see Exhibit B. General expenses, see Exhibit B.

$90,857 59

80 51 93 75 34 50

Total amount of disbursements Balance cash on hand, see Exhibit B.

$91,066 35

1,346 73

$92,413 08

Balance cash on hand November 30th, 1875 Receipts from all sources, see Exhibit B.

$34,527 95 57,885 13

$92,413 08

EXHIBIT D.

Summarized statement of the number of visitors to Golden Gate Park for the year ending

November 30th, 1876.

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Repairs and maintenance of drives, labor..
Construction of bridle-path, labor
Macadamizing walks, labor
Construction of nursery road, labor.
Constructing entrance to picnic ground, labor.
Repairs and care of buildings, gates, and fences, labor.
Rustic work, labor
Digging and curbing trial well, labor
Grading and preparation of grounds, labor
Hauling soil, labor.
Sand reclamation, labor..
Planting trees, labor
Maintenance of tree plantation, labor
Planting grass, labor
Maintenance of grass, labor.
Nursery attendance, labor.
General work, labor.-
Compost (preparing), labor
Surveying, labor..
Repairs to rolling stock, labor..
Repairs to rolling stock, labor and material
Repairs to stable stock, labor.
Repairs to stable stock, labor and material
Repairs to tools and implements, labor
Repairs to tools and implements, labor and material
Repairs to harness, labor and material
Blacksmithing and sharpening, labor and material.
Shoeing horses, labor and material
Plumbing and tinning, labor and material
Mill work, labor and material
Boring well, labor and material
Water pipe extension, labor.
Repairs and maintenance of water distribution, labor
Teamster, labor.
Cartage
Stable attendance, labor
Head gardener, labor.
Park-keeper, labor---
Miscellaneous carpenter work, labor
Guards (guards, police, laborers, etc.), labor
Miscellaneous labor
Live stock.
Rolling stock
Stable stock
Miscellaneous items, stock and material.
Watering apparatus
General tools and implements.-
Reaping, cultivating, and garden implements.
Surveying and draughting implements
Account books..
Soil.---
Supplies (hay and grain, axle grease, soap, oil, etc.)
Lumber
Hardware
Paints, oils, and glass.
Water pipe and fittings
Powder and fuse.
Trees and shrubs
Seeds
Lime and cement.
Veterinary

$15,793 82

2,269 73
1,062 00
252 00

66 50
1,344 26
340 00

21 30 3,335 00

180 00 1,255 74 1,863 97 14,216 79

336 00 1,816 15 3,872 57 1,052 21 1,242 95

103 28 122 29 598 75

1 05 5 00 32 00

7 00 49 12 238 15 1,098 00 207 88

43 20
1,067 00

130 82
524 85
94 93

22 00
2,317 39

745 50
745 50

372 00
12,698 17
2,455 03

245 00
167 00
146 19
127 19
599 00
200 66
14 60
3 50
7 50

47 60
4,941 14

407 06
207 98

85 45
569 18
428 50
698 60
589 88

8 00
3 00

937
1,134
1,454

Totals

25,753

26,706

136,775

31,316

18,936

189,234

619,144

Total improvements and maintenance, see Exhibit B..
Salary account, see Exhibit B.
Office rent, see Exhibit B
Printing and lithographing, see Exhibit B

$83,496 93
6,586 66

315 00
459 00

Amount carried forward..

$90,857 59

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EXHIBIT E.

Summarized statement of the number of visitors to Golden Gate Park for the year ending Novem

ber 30th, 1877.

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EXHIBIT F.

Summarized statement of the amount of water used at the Park for the two years ending Novem

ber 30th, 1877.

MONTH. .

Gallons Used. Average per

Day.

MONTH,

1875.

December

279,525

9,017

1876.

1876.

December

70,840

3,237

3,072

21,546

15,237

3,080

3,122

1877.

January
February
March
April.
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

2,189
3,246
2,715
2,364
2,152
2,472
2,715
2,386
2,986
2,789
2,813

2,271
2,597
2,723
2,366
2,247
2,260
2,398
2,444
2,550
2,237
2,406

10,892
14,476
13,355
12,282
11,333
12,487
13,341
12,856
13,995
13,377
13,000

2,023
2,538
2,380
2,607
2,774
2,593
2,830
2,600
2,838
2,574
2,764

851 2,887 1,202 1,128

886 1,288 1,066 1,069 1,250 1,221 1,289

15,352
20,319
18,793
17,012
15,732
17,219
18,454
17,686
19,531
18,403
18,219

48,930
66,382
59,961
54,771
50,856
55,538
59,258
56,727
62,681
59,004
58,710

January-
February
March
April
мау.
June.
July
August
September
October
November

142,350
506,700

802,950 1,217,400 1,921,725 1,977,000 2,104,800 2,150,325 1,824,532 1,098,543

733,500

4,592 17,472 25,974 40,580 61,991 65,900 67,897 69,365 60,818 35,437 24,450

Total..

14,759,350

1876.

December

747,600

24,116

Totals

32,064

29,571

1877.

156,631

31,601

17,259

218,266

703,658

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

615,900
447,150

889,610 1,108,980 2,120,310 2,339,625 2,603,700 2,387,325 2,462,850 1,835,250

264,300

19,867 15,969 29,020 36,966 68,397 77,987 83,990 77,010 82,095 59,201 8,810

Total.

17,822,600

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