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National AIDS Memorial Grove, San Francisco

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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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  • We were at a birthday party for a friend at The AIDS Memorial Grove this weekend. First, the weather in the city was around 78 degrees..unheard of! There was not a cloud in the sky. It was the perfect...  read more »
  • If you happen to be in the park go and visit this. It is not only extremely moving it's also a haven for peace and tranquility 
  • This is a nice spot in Golden Gate Park. It's a good place to sit in quiet reflection or to take a peaceful walk. 
  • 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!
  • 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 👨‍👨‍👦
  • Its beautiful. Just don't go there to party. It's a special place
  • This is a beautiful part of Golden Gate Park. It can make one sad to reflect on why it's named what it's named, and to read the inscriptions chiseled into the various rocks that abound. On the other hand, with so many of the inscriptions saying the departed "lived life to the fullest," "brought joy to all," or "was everyone's best friend," eventually I found myself somewhat cheered up. Just thinking about the the physical surroundings, they are absolutely lovely. There is a bright, open, grassy field with dandelions in it. There is a tall grove of trees. There are paths that wind up the side of a hill. There is a rocky creek with very small waterfalls in it. There are squirrels running around. It's a wonderful place to spend 30-45 minutes.
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