By Sal Novoa:
Multiple high schools got together Saturday night for a big party in Glen Canyon Park at around 8 pm. I estimated the crowd size at 200-250.
According to some of the kids I chatted with, it was a Wolf of Wall Street keg party–the largest keg event this year.
SFPD was called by some concerned neighbors. When officers arrived around 9:15, a fight broke out among some kids, which caused more confusion when the kids were trying to leave.
Most of the kids left the neighborhood at about 11 pm.
Not too much trash on Sussex and Mitzpah during my walkthrough and clean-up.
It was a traffic nightmare for drivers trying to come down Elk Street, those attempting to merge on Elk Street toward Diamond Heights Blvd. (I think Elk Street should be closed until construction is completed. No one is following the signs or directions to take the detour. There have been multiple near misses since Tuesday and last night.)
A huge crowd of kids were looking for rides or how to exit the neighborhood.
One charitable neighbor near Mizpah and Sussex Streets opened her door and allowed the kids to use her bathroom.
I captured a few videos:
The Glen Park News received accounts from other neighbors:
- “It started in the park, my neighbor estimated 200 kids. They were very loud, I thought I heard a street fight. Both of us called the police. The kids were chased out of the park, the police blocked Elk. Apparently they spread out in the neighborhood. I saw at least 100 kids walking east on Chenery, they were orderly, many on their phones looking for friends.”
- “One officer over the loudspeaker intoned, ‘Shouldn’t we all get home and study for the SAT’s?'”
- “It was the eeriest, most polite interaction I think I’ve ever had with teenagers. They profusely apologized for the commotion, expressed empathy for the neighbors, and said they would be sure to make sure no mess was left behind. Wild!”
- “No actual real damage so far. We watched them walking past and banging on cars, and we watched someone pee on our plants but so far that’s it. Lots of screaming and banging sounds and sirens.”
- “Our neighbors have a broken car charger they pulled out (we saw that happen but just verified), and our neighbors on Arbor have a broken house window.”
- One resident returning from a classical concert got off the bus at the Congo/Elk/Bosworth intersection where some 20 students were waiting for the 44 O’Shaughnessy bus. They were very polite. “They said that I was wearing a nice set of clothes (blue blazer, dress shirt with an Hermes tie, London Fog raincoat, and hat).”