Ledia Carroll – Mission Lake

Welcome to the Restore Mission Lake Project. On Jan 20 2005 we began mixing blue pigment into a white dolomite field chalk and applying it to a piece of the shore of the former lake with a baseball field line chalker. Through a grant I was able to complete drawing the line around the entire lake perimeter. On Oct 22, 2007 I completed a line around the former lake and hosted an alley cat bike race and bbq. Press release information about the events at the bottom of the page. Mission Lake Project was sponsored by SoEx Off-Site, a yearlong series of public art projects investigating diverse strategies for exploring and mapping public space, www.soex.org

The first image on this page shows the line on Dearborn alley as it crosses 18th street to Linda alley, defining the north/west shore.

The Mission Dolores after which the Mission neighborhood was named was built in 1776 on the site of this ancient now-vanished lake, Lago Dolores. Topographically flat Valencia Street was the center of this lake. The lake had a roughly five block diameter stretching from around what is now Van Ness to almost Guerrero St and from 15th to 20th streets in the other direction (See Map, at bottom). According to reports from the late 1700s, Willow trees grew along the shore of this lake.

Mission Lake Lake Dolores Sign Photo of the historical marker about the now vanished lake at the corner of Albion and Camp.

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A Lake Map


MISSION LAKE ALLEYCAT BIKE RACE AND “LAKESIDE” BBQ: DATE: Sunday, October 22, 2006, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM LOCATIONS: Mission Park and Playground, Valencia Street between 19th and 20th Streets TIMES: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Bike Race Registration Begins (Mission Park and Playground) 2:00 PM, Bike Race Begins (Mission Park and Playground) 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, “Lakeside” BBQ, free food and music (Mission Park and Playground) Bike race organized with ongoing assistance/supervision of the lovely Tuula Ala. Special silliness at checkpoints provided Snacktray, Paul de Jong and the many other checkpoint sponsors. Providing music at the BBQ to keep us high on goofballs, DJs Ranessa and Big Daddy Lake Related Fun and Games at the BBQ organized by the one and only Moses Grubb

MISSION LAKE PROJECT EXHIBITION: Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm (at Southern Exposure) Artist Talk: Friday, October 13, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm (at Southern Exposure) Location: Southern Exposure, 2901 Mission Street at 25th Street more info www.soex.org

A corresponding exhibition of related maps, drawings, and ephemera by Ledia Carroll and collaborators Darcy Nuffer, Jamie White and Ning Deng. Will be located at Southern Exposure’s new Mission Street gallery.

On October 22, 2006, Ledia Carroll will use a field line chalker to recreate the full perimeter of Lago Dolores, a former freshwater lake that stretched from what is now South Van Ness to Guerrero and 15th to 20th Streets. Drawing the line in reference to maps from the 1800s, Carroll’s chalkline allows the still visible ancient depression of the lake to become apparent to the eye. In conjunction with the re-created lake shoreline, Ledia Carroll presents a “lakeside” barbeque and perimeter “alleycat” bike race. This half-day event takes place on Sunday, October 22, 2006 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm registration for the race will take place at the Mission Park. The bike race begins at 2:00 pm and will trace the shoreline of the lake. There will be five race checkpoints at historically significant sites. Each checkpoint has a stamp necessary to complete the ride. The finish line at Mission Park will include prizes, music, and a festive BBQ. Prizes will be awarded based on style not on speed.

In November and December, Ledia Carroll in collaboration with local historians will present several guided tours of San Francisco’s hidden underground waterways.

Mission Lake Project is being sponsored by SoEx Off-Site, a yearlong series of public art projects investigating diverse strategies for exploring and mapping public space, www.soex.org