Once upon a time, several years before she became a United States Senator with a thing for national security issues, then-Mayor Diane Feinstein came to Bernal Heights on a warm winter day in 1979.
She was here to celebrate the dedication of the Esmeralda Mini-Park on the west side of Bernal Hill, and to test drive the extended-length children’s slides that had just been installed after an intense community-organizing effort.
Neighbor Barbara Bagot, who kindly shared this image, remembers:
I found the Bernal Journal slide photo on Mike Nolan’s Facebook page. (I think that’s my brother Bucky, top left.) Difi came prepared–wearing slacks instead of her typical skirt.
Since that groovy moment in time bears so little resemblance to the DiFi we know today, let’s zoom and enhance for a closer look:
PS: In the story below the photo of DiFi, notice also that even back then, people were wondering what was up with the wacky, wonderful Beatles House on Precita.
UPDATE: Neighbor Michael Nolan just shared the flier printed to announce the dedication of the Esmeralda slides. So cuuuuuute! So pre-desktop publishing!