Children's Fairyland nears 60-year mark

Posted Friday, July 23, 2010 12:07 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Fairyland was in danger of getting paved over in the 1990s, before undergoing a transformation in recent years. The throwback amusement park continues to survive, because people like Hirschfield have decided it's worth fighting for. In a city that attracts more negative media attention than positive, the whimsical one-of-a-kind Lake Merritt park has been a quiet success story.

Read more from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Friday, July 23, 2010 12:54 PM

Kathy Wanless brought her 5-year-old granddaughter to the park last week.

"It's never been high tech, it's not loud, they're not blasting music and the kids can use their imagination," Wanless says. "For the admission charge, it's great. If you want smazz-matazz, pay $50 for Six Flags. ... I hope they keep it going for my great-grandchildren."
Hello, Six Flags? We have your new advertising slogan...

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Friday, July 23, 2010 1:02 PM

Smazz-matazz? Wow.

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Friday, July 23, 2010 1:06 PM

Smazz-matazz beats charm any day.

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Friday, July 23, 2010 1:12 PM

Only because smazz-matazz dictates you never take the charm out of a park and move it to Carowinds.

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Friday, July 23, 2010 1:40 PM

Here's some irony to go with your smazz-matazz: I've never been to Fairland!

(wait for it...)

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Friday, July 23, 2010 3:37 PM

I so want to change my screen name to smazz-matazz. Just for a week or so.

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Friday, July 23, 2010 7:31 PM

Ever gotten smazz-matazz in your eye? It stings! ;)

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Friday, July 23, 2010 10:26 PM

I once attended the Church of Smazz-Matazzology.

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