As a result of Crabtrees campaign, the North Windmill received cosmetic repairs, and the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden was created on the adjacent grounds.
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The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department with San Francisco Beautiful, arranged for Lucas Verbij, a Dutch windmill design and construction expert, to carry out an extensive study of the South Windmill. Verbij concluded that the windmill required immediate attention.
A citizen group, spearheaded by Friends of Recreation and Parks, raised $8 million to initiate renovation of the west-end of Golden Gate Park. Improvements included restoration of the Beach Chalet restaurant and extensive landscaping enhancements including the parks soccer fields.
In June, Friends of Recreation and Parks held a reception at the South Windmill and presented plans for a Community Center Pavilion. On behalf of the City of San Francisco, Supervisor Mark Leno announced that the City would commit $500,000 towards the restoration process. At this reception, the concept of a Campaign to Save the Golden Gate Park Windmills was born. The first meeting of the Steering Committee of this campaign was held on August 1st.
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