Those who remember Playland at the San Francisco beach can refresh their memories and possible retrace their steps in a special free public presentation on the long-gone amusement park at the Pleasanton Public Library at 2 p.m. today.
Playland was lost to the developers' wrecking ball long ago, but its history and spirit live again in a slide show and commentary by San Francisco historian James R. Smith, author of "San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Early Years."
In his book, he traces the origins and development of the park and provides a vivid portrait of Playland at its height from the 1920s through the 1940s, showing rare photos—many never-before-seen—from the history of this great park.
Smith said: "Once upon a time, San Francisco was the home of one of the greatest amusement parks ever: Playland at the Beach. A magical place, revered in the hearts of San Franciscans, Playland encompassed socializing, dining, playing, strolling and sight-seeing. From the 1920s to the 1970s, Playland enthralled generations."
Towne Center Books will sell Playland at the Beach at the event.
The presentation will start at 2 p.m. Sunday in the main meeting room of the Pleasanton library, which is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave. For more information, call senior librarian Penny Johnson at 925-931-3405.