He insists the wind will dissipate the music over the
thousands of Sunday skaters and will not interfere with the non-skaters enjoying the
park.He wants five hours of music beginning at noon and says it will not disrupt the 1
p.m. band concert in the concourse.
That's his opinion, More than a few non-skaters are saying, "My God, is nothing
Many residents along Fulton Street already complain of noise levels from the dancing
skaters in such terms as "absolutely unbearable" and "so loud you'd think
the police at Richmond station three blocks away could hear it."
Without prejudging the issue, Committee Chairman Keith Eickman said the matter seems to
be a "question of whether we need more music blasting in the park."
"The skaters," he added, "have become a great problem."
Leonard Fitzpatrick, assistant rec, park superintendent for cultural activities, turned
down the initial disco skate music request for a favorable recommendation to police, who
must issue a permit, and said he would recommend against anything that would disrupt the
Gordon, a 35 year-old business supplies salesman and ardent skater, insists that facing
the speakers eastward: in the direction of City Hall will mean music for skaters only.
Fulton Street resident Jane Schneider says she's already used to the sounds emanating
from the park and is willing to put up with it one day a week.
But Robert D. Hayes bets most of his neighbors in the area would be against it.
"It gets very annoying some times," said Eva Goodman. "Sometimes it gets to
be a nuisance."
Gordon argues the music will not interfere with people who just want to enjoy the park,
that he and the skaters care just as much as anyone else about it. Skating, he says, has
been integrated into other parks in other cities and, whether residents like it or not, it
is not going to go away. He cites staggering figures: averages of 15,000 to 25.000 skaters
in the park on a sunny Sunday; 40,000 pairs of skates sold in the Bay Area since the
beginning of summer and another 40,000 expected to be sold by Christmas. .
"We just want Kennedy Drive one day a week," he says. "and I don't think
that's unreasonable."'He suggests easing the load by blocking off streets for skaters
in the financial district on Sundays. "The City should be looking for some way . to
ease the pressure," he says.
There has been a suggestion to open the North Beach playground to the skaters one night
a month, but Gordon says that's not even tokenism and, besides, its too cold out
there.Crissy Field in the Presidio and sections of Great Highway out by Ocean Beach also
have been mentioned as skating alternates to the park, Again, negative comments based on
"The skaters like the trees and atmosphere in the park" says Eickman. "I
think we could find them the greatest place in the world and they still wouldn"t go.