Two big attractions in Golden Gate Park might become free for San Francisco residents

San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to make admission to Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden free for all city residents.

Breed proposed legislation Wednesday that would enact that goal, sending it to the Board of Supervisors’ budget and finance committee for review Jan. 26.

If approved by the full board, the legislation would then be signed by the mayor and go into effect 30 days later. City residents would then pay no admission to any of Golden Gate Park’s three specialty gardens, since the San Francisco Botanical Garden is already free for locals.

“All San Franciscans, regardless of income, should have access to our city’s vibrant public spaces and cultural institutions,” Breed said in a statement. “The Gardens of Golden Gate Park are urban oases that offer visitors an opportunity to explore the natural world and take in our city’s natural beauty, and now all residents will get to experience these loved attractions for free.”

Supervisors on the board’s finance committee will also consider an agreement that would put the nonprofit San Francisco Botanical Garden Society in charge of admissions, education and outreach programs at the conservatory and tea garden in addition to the botanical garden. City officials said putting all three specialty gardens under the purview of the same nonprofit would benefit visitors’ experiences and simplify operations.