Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove

Coordinates: 37°44′10″N 122°28′39″W / 37.7362°N 122.4776°W / 37.7362; -122.4776
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Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove
Stern Grove
image of Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove
LocationSan Francisco
Coordinates37°44′10″N 122°28′39″W / 37.7362°N 122.4776°W / 37.7362; -122.4776
Area33 acres
Created1931 (1931)
Operated bySF Recreation and Parks Department
StatusAlways open
Public transit access

Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, locally called Stern Grove, is a 33-acre (130,000 m2) recreational site in the Parkside District. It is administered by the city's Recreation and Parks Department and is the concert setting for the Stern Grove Festival, which has taken place annually since 1938.


The site, along Sloat Boulevard between 19th and 34th Avenues about two miles (3 km) south of the Golden Gate Park, was donated to the city in 1931 by Rosalie Meyer Stern.[1] She was the daughter of Marc Eugene Meyer, who named the park for her late husband Sigmund Stern, a philanthropist, nephew of Levi Strauss, and son of David Stern.

The original Stern Grove landscaping and facilities were built by the Works Progress Administration. It consists of several park sections including the Concert Meadow, the West Meadow, and Pine Lake Park. The grove's Pine Lake is one of three natural lakes in the city of San Francisco. In 2005, Stern Grove underwent a $15 million renovation, designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. New features included drainage improvements and erosion control, an expanded outdoor stage and performance facilities, and terraces and additional bleacher-style seating, built of stone walls, along the slope opposite the stage.[2]

Since 1932, the Stern Grove Festival has presented weekly concerts and performances in the outdoor amphitheater during the summer months. Supported entirely by contributions, the concerts have always been free to the public.[3] Crowds have often exceeded 20,000 people.

In early 2023, a clubhouse known as The Trocadero House was destroyed due to a tree falling on it. Later, the Parks and Recreation department sent repair crews to repair the damaged house. It is due to re-open in mid 2024.

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  1. ^ Chamings, Andrew (2022-01-30). "This notorious bullet-pierced roadhouse is an SF icon". SFGATE. Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  2. ^ David Wiegand (2005-04-13). "For Stern Grove, a rock-solid renovation". San Francisco Chronicle.
  3. ^ "San Francisco's Stern Grove Festival then and now: Fun photos show changing SF". sfgate.


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