National AIDS Memorial Grove, San Francisco

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In late 1988, a small group of San Francisco residents representing a devastated community were looking for a positive way to express their collective grief. They envisioned a serene, natural setting suitable for memorial services or individual mourning and remembrance. From this initial concept, a team of architects, landscapers, designers, and lay people volunteered countless hours to create a living tribute to those lost to the disease.

The Grove and the endowment that helps to ensure its ongoing care and maintenance have been created primarily through private funding. Although the names in the Circle of Friends and other dedications offer personal remembrances, the Grove as a whole honors the memory of all who have shared in the struggle against AIDS.

In 1996, a milestone was reached when Congress and the President of the United States approved the "National AIDS Memorial Grove Act", which officially designates the historic deLaveaga Dell in Golden Gate Park, as the nation's first AIDS memorial. True to its origins, the Grove is a dedicated public landscape where anyone who has been touched by AIDS can find comfort, grieve openly without being stigmatized, and experience feelings of hope that nature can inspire.
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  • A lovely grove with some nice plaques giving information on the history of AIDS. Works going on at the moment to improve access. 1978  more »
  • This garden is located in Golden Gate Park, passing easily unnoticed. In General is well taken care of but with little signs of vandalism. A beautiful garden to enjoy nature, the small surrounding wildlife.
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  • Sort of down below in Golden Gate Park, the AIDS grove is a special place filled with beauty as well as sadness, quietude backed up by activism.  more »
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  • This place is so beautiful. The gardener Allison does so much great work her to make the grove beautiful. We appreciate your work so much, thank you for giving us a great place to visit.
  • Historic and iconic site in San Francisco. A must see for any tourist. Peaceful place to stop in Golden Gate Park.
  • Beautiful and tranquil memorial grove in an otherwise not-so-quiet city. You'll find yourself slowing down, quieting, and finding a peace you didn't realize you missed. Walk out reinvigorated somehow, happy, and hopeful.
  • Tranquil, beautifully maintained, and expansive. The waterfall is especially lovely.
  • Beautifully made memorial that got me reflecting on the struggles of those with AIDS over time. Very serene.

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