SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission’s Operations Committee today voted to recommend “Presidio Wall Playground” replace the name of the current Julius Kahn Playground.
Presidio Wall was the top vote-getter during the public outreach process. It awaits final approval by the full commission during its Sept. 19 meeting. The majority of community members favored a geographic name for the Presidio Heights site and also considered the name West Pacific Playground.
Members of the organizations Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Chinese Historical Society have driven renaming efforts and were attendance at today’s meeting. Julius Kahn was instrumental in extending the racist Chinese Exclusion Act in 1902.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last year voted to remove Kahn’s name from the playground.