National AIDS Memorial Grove, San Francisco

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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 went to Golden Gate Park and made a special effort this time to go see the National AIDS Memorial Grove. This is a nice way to pay respect to those who have passed on.  more »
  • This is an unique memorial and so great that it occupies a place of recognition in this great park. A little hard to find but once you are there, it is contemplative and serene. The landscaping is.....  more »
  • Probably one of the most quiet and tranquil parts of Golden Gate Park, this is where you go to do lunch with your lady or man. The small redwoods area is amazing. The grass area is medium sized and flat and a good spot to chill. Up further leads to some small trails going uphill next to a tiny but really beautiful and quaint stream. Like I said if you want to relax and meditate, this is a good choice.
  • Beautifully spectacular trails plants and monuments dedicated to the great cause and individuals in The help. Great place to go for a walk in this hidden gem in the city

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