This week, our Scenes of the City photo series takes us to SF’s Fleishhacker Pool, once the largest pool in the world. In its heydey, it held 6 million gallons of water and could accommodate 10,000 swimmers. It was so large that the life guards needed row boats. Fed by saltwater from nearby Ocean Beach, the pool was equipped with gaudy diving towers, swings and diving boards.
Fleishhacker Pool, taken in 1925, courtesy of a private collector (note the Pool House in the background left).
Built in 1925, the pool was the vision of philanthropist banker Herbert Fleishhacker. After several decades of high times, the pool succumbed to outflow drain problems after storms.
For this week's "Scenes of the City," we tagged along on an edible food forage in Golden Gate Park. Instructor Kevin Feinstein of Forage SF guided a small group of students through areas of Golden Gate Park, all the while pointing out edibles and informing the class how to best harvest, prepare and consume the plants. While foraging in Golden Gate Park is illegal, it's not illegal to learn about what we can eat in the city around us.
The Fresh & Onlys could not have a more streamlined operation going onstage. Bathed in sunlight during one of the last Noise Pop shows of 2011 at Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco's own played one of their most airtight sets yet and left the day-drinking crowds completely buzzed off their unbridled energy.
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