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After the earthquake ... how are northern California parks, museums, other attractions?

After the earthquake ... how are northern California parks, museums, other attractions? When a 7.1 earthquake jolted northern California last October, museums, parks, and other visitor attractions rattled and rolled along with everything else.

Fortunately, most of these sites escaped major damage. We list the status--at our press time--of 62 attractions. Call for latest news and hours; unless noted, area code is 415. (If a location is not mentioned, assume that it's open, though it's still best to call ahead.)

San Francisco

Most old favorites--Fisherman's Wharf, The Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, the zoo--weren't badly damaged and are open. Other sites:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (556-0560). All GGNRA beaches and facilities, including Fort Mason and Fort Point, are open.

Golden Gate Park. M. H. de Young Memorial and Asian Art museums; 750-3600. Both are open, though 40 works from the Asian museum's 12,000-piece collection suffered serious damage. Music Concourse; 666-7107. The band shell is closed, but concerts are being held at 1 P.M. Sundays in the concourse fountain area. All other facilities are open.

American Conservatory Theatre, 415 Geary Street; 749-2228. Geary theatre remains under repair. The 1990 season has shifted to other city stages; call for locations.

California Historical Society, Whittier Mansion, 2090 Jackson Street; 567-1848: open.

California Palace of the legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement Street; 750-3600: open.

Civic Center. Main library, Larkin and McAllister streets; 558-3191. North wing is closed; at our press time, the central section and west and south wings (including city archives) were tentatively scheduled to reopen in January. Opera House, 301 Van Ness; 864-3330: open.

Exploratorium, Marina Boulevard and Lyon Street; 563-7337: open.

Palace of Fine Arts, Bay and Lyon streets; 563-6504: open.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Maritime Museum, 556-3002: open. Hyde Street Pier; 556-3002: open. Pier 45; damage to pier has temporarily displaced the U.S. Pampanito submarine (929-0202): closed indefinitely.

Alameda County

East Bay Regional Parks; 531-9300. All parks and attractions are open.

Berkely. UC Berkeley; 642-6000. All facilities are open.

Oakland. Jack London Square; 893-7956. Most shops are open; Emperor Restaurant (893-9937) is closed. Weekend ferry service (546-2800) leaves San Francisco's Pier 1 for the square on the hour; service should continue at least through January. Paramount theatre, 2025 Broadway; 465-6400: open. Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street; 834-2413: open.

San Mateo County

State Parks and Beaches. All are open. However, rangers advise staying away from edges of coastal bluffs, or sitting below them.

Menlo park. Allied Arts Guild, Arbor Road and Creek Drive; 325-3250: open. Sunset Magazine, 80 Willor Road; 321-3600: open.

San Mateo. Coyote Point Museum, Coyote Point Drive; 342-7755: open.

Woodside. Filoli; 364-2880: open.

Santa Clara County

County parks; (408) 358-3741. Landslide threats have temporarily closed trails in Uvas Canyon, near Morgan Hill; trails should reopen this month (campground is open). All other parks and trails are open.

Open space preserves; 949-4494, 949-5500. All preserves, trails, and roads are open. docent-led walks along the .6-mile Earthquake Trail, in Los Trancos Preserve, leave from the Page Mill road trailhead, 7 miles south of Interstate 280, Sundays at 2.

Los Gatos; (408) 354-9300. The historic downtown was hit hard, especially E. Main Street and N. Santa Cruz Avenue. Most businesses have reopened.

San Jose. Museum of Art, 110 S. Market Street; (408) 294-2787: open.

Stanford. The university suffered some $160 million in damage. Affected buildings include Frank Lloyd Wright--designed Hanna House (723-3469), closed until February or March; Memorial Church (723-1762), closed at least a year; and Stanford Museum of Art (723-3469), closed indefinitely. Rodin Sculpture Garden (723-3469) and Stanford Art Gallery (723-2842) are both open.

Santa Cruz County

State Beaches. Manresa, La Selva Beach, (408) 724-1266 or 688-3241, and Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, 423-4609: all facilities are open, including monarch butterfly trail (see page 50). New Brighton, Capitola; 475-4850: beach and campground are open. Seacliff, Aptos; 688-3222: campground is closed indefinitely; day-use area is open; 688-3241. Sunset, Watsonville; 724-1266: open. Twin Lakes, Santa Cruz: portions are closed because of damage to the bluff.

Parks. Big Basin State Park (Boulder Creek; 338-6132): Part buildings have reopened. However, sewer damage may limit water use. Forest of Nisene Marks and Henry Cowell state parks, Felton; 335-4598: open. Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz; 688-3241: closed indefinitely.

Felton. Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad (335-4400): open weekends.

Santa Cruz. Beach and Boardwalk; 426-7433: games arcade and all rides, including Giant Dipper roller coaster, are open weekends. Long Marine Laboratory, Delaware Street, 459-4308: open. Museum of Natural History, 1305 E. Cliff Drive; 429-3773: open. Octagon Historical Museum, 118 Cooper Street; 425-2540: open. Pacific Garden Mall; 429-8433: damaged, but merchants have opened tent pavilions in parking lots. Carriage rides, entertainment, and tours of damaged areas are scheduled; call for details. Santa Cruz mission, Emmet and School streets; 688-3241: stabilization of building and archeological sites continues; facilities may be open for tours by summer. UC Sannta Cruz; 459-0111: all facilities are open. City wharf: open.

San Benito County

Hollister. County historical museum, 7143 Lover's Lane: open from 2 to 4:30 weekends.

San Juan Bautista. State historic park; 623-4881: open. Fremont Peak State Park; 623-4255 or 623-4526: open.

Monterey County

Monterey Peninsula and Carmel. All attractions, including Cannery Row, Carmel Mission, Monterey Aquarium, and 17-mile Drive, are undamaged and open.

Moss Landing. Elkhorn Slough reserve; 728-2822: open. Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 633-3304, and Moss Landing and Zmudowski state beaches, 649-2836: closed.


Repairs may still be underway on several main roads, including interstates 480 and 280 in San Francisco, Interstate 880 in Oakland, State 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and State 1 in Watsonville. For updates, call Caltrans' highway condition information at 557-3755.
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