San Francisco Celebrates 'National Public Works Week' -- By Dumping Tons of Crap on Streets
|Post-race detritus in Golden Gate Park|
And yet, on the first day of National Public Works Week -- an event actually created by President John F. Kennedy -- hordes of Bay to Breakers participants dumped tons of trash, effluvia, and other unmentionables on city streets for Public Works crews to scour.
DPW spokeswoman Christine Falvey said crews commenced scrubbing the streets at midnight on Sunday morning, left the starting line along with the last (drunkest) runners, and were finished by six hours after leaving the gate.
Unlike, say, the yearly Embarcadero pillow fight, the clean-up bill is not borne by the city. Race sponsor ING pays the tab.
And how much is that tab?
Well, Falvey hasn't gotten that number crunched yet -- nor has Public Works tabulated the total tonnage of discarded bottles, cans, floats, and slumbering runners collected. Complicating matters, cleanup within Golden Gate Park's boundaries is handled by the Recreation and Park Department -- and SF Weekly's calls over there have not yet been returned.
In past years, cleanup costs have run nearly $50,000 to haul 35 tons of crap off city streets.
Anecdotally, however, DPW officials say there seem to be a lot fewer broken bottles this year than last. So we've got that going for us. Which is nice.
We'll let you know as soon as we've got the totals for how much detritus was collected and what the ensuing bill was.
Photo | Jim Herd