SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is taking legal action Wednesday to evict the operator of the Stow Lake boathouse.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The Stow Lake Corporation has been renting boats and selling snacks at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park for 65 years, but lost the contract during a competitive bidding process to Ortega Family Enterprises of New Mexico.

Sarah Ballard of the Rec and Park Department said that on Wednesday the city planned to file an unlawful detainer because the operator refused to leave over the weekend.

”We are at the end of the road, and unfortunately it’s par for the course with them, that they are going to make us fight on this front as well,” said Ballard.

The operator insists he hasn’t been given the legally required 30-day notice, but Rec and Parks said notice has been given – and then some.

The Stow Lake Corporation has also filed a lawsuit claiming the bidding process was corrupt. That claim was rejected, and it’s now on appeal.

Rec and Park hopes that filing for an eviction in court will settle the matter once and for all.

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Comments (7)
  1. Sofa Kingdom says:

    Yes, boot them so that the higher bidder can make customers pay for it by charging higher prices.

  2. Adrian Smith says:

    Just very, very sad. Who knew SF Park and Rec were such bullies?

  3. Dennis says:

    Every day it seems I come across yet another story that insures I will never again travel to San Francisco.

  4. nicole k. says:

    Sarah Ballard and Phil Ginsburg orchestrated this mess and are wasting taxpayer money with their shady, backroom deals.. read the real story in Northside SF

  5. Ahhh says:

    Sure, let’s kick out a family and let in a giant corporation from out of state. Dumb is the SF way.

  6. dominoes says:

    Good old attorney that guy Phil Ginsburg, head of Wreck the Park! Just shove it down the throats with legal action. No need to talk to the users. No need to make compromises. No need to check the bottom line of what money the traditional vendors have brought in. Just kick the old ones out and let in the chains.

  7. SheilaE says:

    Ginsburg is ruining our parks and our city. Get rid of him

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