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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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TripAdvisor
  • Simply beautiful way to acknowledge the impact of AIDs on the San Francisco community. One thought is to re-do the maps --- the dimensions are seriously out of whack! It's very small, easily walkable,...  more »
  • What a lovely section of the park! We were very surprised to hear that it is taken care of by volunteers! So peaceful and quite it was a wonderful little spot to stop and enjoy during our day!  more »
  • Enjoyed a walk on the marked paths and throughout the unpaved forest grove, which was larger than I expected. Many places to sit and reflect throughout; don't miss the stone memorial, with an overwhel...  more »
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  • Beautifully made memorial that got me reflecting on the struggles of those with AIDS over time. Very serene.
  • Beautiful, clean, well cared for & maintained - peaceful hidden gem in Golden Gate Park - managed by SF Rec & Parks in collaboration w/ the Natl Aids Memorial Grove which is its own 502(c)3 w/ Board, etc. -
  • Rarely crowded. This serene part of the park is my favorite part!
  • Its beautiful. Just don't go there to party. It's a special place
  • Beautiful place to reflect, hike, and remember those who've been lost. Remember to be safe and communicate! Also is a great place to read 👨‍👨‍👦