Since their first sighting back in August by Marina residents, the goats of Fort Mason have been munching down and discovering some of SF's oldest treasures.
"Their healthy appetites are helping to expose century-old scenic garden walks down to Aquatic Park," Golden Gate National Parks noted on Twitter. Hired by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, a flock of grazing goats is working to bring Black Point at Fort Mason back to life.
The path that the goats are eating up were once covered in gardens that led down to the waterfront but since the weeds had covered most of the stair paths, the city made them permanently closed. Uneven surfaces and overgrown bushes also posed a security risk. According to the Conservancy, this historic part of Fort Mason has been off-limits for many years.
To help achieve this goal, goats from City Grazing—a San Francisco-based goat landscaping nonprofit—have been at Fort Mason for several weeks, sometimes eating blackberries or even enjoying the partial solar eclipse.
If you are wondering where the goats even came from, the group of weed-eaters graze happily in Bayview under supervision of the non-profit. The goats' steady grazing has brought old artifacts—such as old Budweiser bottles from the 1950s or 1960s—to the surface. But currently at Fort Mason, the goats will continue to perform their duties until the end of the month.
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