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Here are the renaming options for Stow Lake in San Francisco—vote for your favorite

Stow Lake's bridge over water
After a modern reckoning with the antisemitic views held by Stow Lake’s namesake, city officials are pushing for the lake to get a new name. | Source: Isaac Ceja/The Standard

San Francisco’s Stow Lake has been a much-loved spot for locals and tourists alike for more than a century. But after a modern reckoning with the antisemitic views held by 19th century San Francisco lawmaker William Stow—the lake’s namesake—city officials are pushing for the lake to get a new name.

After initiating the renaming process this year, Supervisor Myrna Melgar, whose district encompasses the lake, has taken the lead on renaming efforts by crowdsourcing a list of potential new names from San Franciscans (listed below).

But with more than 20 potential options, the Recreation and Parks Commission has a tough decision ahead of it. Here at The Standard, we’re curious as to what our fellow San Franciscans think, so let us know by voting below for your favorite!

These votes are nonbinding, and the final decision rests with the Recreation and Park Commission, which will meet to select the name on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. in City Hall Room 416. The commission may also choose a name not mentioned on this list.

Michaela Neville can be reached at michaela@sfstandard.com
Nate Nickolai can be reached at nnickolai@sfstandard.com