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Access for All

As the City’s art institution, we are proud to serve constituents from every neighborhood of San Francisco, and every county of the Bay Area. As such, we are calling for a modified reopening of JFK Drive East with access for all.

At the current time, the closure of JFK Drive East is temporary but strong efforts are being made by advocates of the closure to permanently close the Drive. It is important that both sides of the argument are heard, at City Hall and in public. 

Share your experience

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco cannot support the closure of JFK Drive in its current iteration, which disproportionately impacts a significant group of our community, including people with disabilities, those with ADA placards, the elderly, families with infants and young children, and others.

Within 1/4 mile of the de Young Museum entrance, Free ADA Parking has been reduced by 57% and within 1/2 mile, by 41%. The 17 ADA parking spaces lost on JFK Drive are within only 1/10th of a mile of the de Young Museum entrance. 

Free Public Parking, within 1/4 mile of the de Young Museum entrance has been reduced by over 75% and within 1/2 mile, by 50%. 

Free Public and ADA Parking in close proximity to the de Young is critical to ensuring access for all. Not everyone who needs close parking has a blue placard, including seniors, veterans, and families with young children.

If you wish to voice your opinion, please click the "Share your experience" link above to share your perspectives on the matter with city officials and decision makers directly.

I am physically unable to walk more than one or two blocks without sitting for a rest due to my knee disability. Paying for parking is not an option for me.

My husband and I live in Santa Rosa. My husband has walking issues thus he has a disabled placard. We have always been lucky to find a disabled parking place on John F. Kennedy Drive near the side entrance to the de Young Museum which is close enough for him to walk in albeit slowly. We do hope that this parking situation can be rectified so we are able to visit the museum together again.

My husband and I are in our early 80s and my husband has COPD. We had previously enjoyed visiting the House of Flowers, the de Young museum, and the Academy of Sciences. However, with the closing of JFK Drive, we can no longer easily visit these SF amenities.

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Read the de Young's position on the closure


\Get Involved

The Recreation and Parks Department and SFMTA's Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program includes a storymap detailing three proposed options for JFK Drive.


Access for All FAQs

Getting to the de Young

The de Young Museum is located at Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118.


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are committed to offering services that make its collections, exhibitions, and programs accessible to all visitors.