Meeting Minutes 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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11.2.2011 Rincon Hill Dog Park Community Group | Minutes

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10.26.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative | Agenda | Minutes

10.24.2011 Friends of Waterfront Park Playground | Flier


9.21.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative Meeting | Agenda | Minutes

9.14.2011 Crocker Amazon Park Advisory Board | Minutes | Crocker Activities | Facility Schedule by Room

9.12.2011 Mayoral Forum: Safer, Greener Public Space | Minutes & Questions | Mayoral Declaration | Candidate Questionnaire | Agenda


7.25.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative Meeting | Minutes


6.29.2011 Park Town Hall | Flier | Agenda

6.15.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative Meeting | Agenda


5.3.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative, Fourth Meeting | Flyer | Agenda | Minutes


4.26.2011 Silver Terrace Park Meeting | Agenda

4.14.2011 Joint NPC Coalition and SFPT Stakeholder Meeting | Flier | Agenda | Presentation | Give Feedback | Minutes

4.5.2011 Silver Terrace Park Community Meeting | Flier (English/Spanish) | Flier (Eng/Chinese) | Agenda | Minutes


3.30.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative, Third Meeting | Flier | Agenda | Minutes
Recommended Reading: Draft McLaren Park Needs Assessment | Appendices: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H

3.22.2011 Annual Park Group Meeting with the Mayor | Agenda | Minutes | Matrix Handout | Photos | Coalition Meeting Flyer | Answers to Questions Submitted

3.7.2011 Silver Terrace Park Community Meeting | Flier (English/Spanish) | Flyer (Chinese/English) | Agenda | Minutes


2.23.11 McLaren Park Collaborative, Second Meeting | Flyer | Agenda | Minutes

2.12.11 Friends of Garfield Square Park Meeting | Agenda | Minutes

2.8.11 Muriel Leff clinical pharmacy courses in canada Mini Park Meeting | Flyer | Minutes | Park Map

2.2.11 Noe Valley Town Square Meeting #3 | Presentation| where is the best place to buy viagra online Questionnaire | Design 1: Front Square | Design 2: Garden in the Square | Design 3: Great Room | Design 4: Not So Square


1.31.11 Friends of the AMP (Amphiteater at McLaren Park) Meeting | Minutes

1.29.11 Park Town Hall | Flyer | Agenda | Minutes | Park User Survey

1.19.11 McLaren Park Collaborative, First Meeting | Flyer | Agenda | Minutes | McLaren Park Master Plan (1997)

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SFPA Launched Partnership with RPD and Labors 261

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Over the past 15 years Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC), now the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) has proudly partnered with the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) to foster community stewardship of local parks of all sizes. San Francisco’s park system boasts over 225 parks that are nestled into the many dense neighborhoods around the city. The engagement curriculum is a program that builds upon SFPA’s successful park volunteer engagement techniques as well as the horticulture expertise of RPD’s gardener apprentices in order to help revitalize seven parks in six of San Francisco’s eleven supervisor districts..

SFPA’s Volunteer Engagement Curriculum works in conjunction with the RPD Gardener Apprentice Program (GAP) and is a collaboration between SFPA, Laborers’ Local 261 and RPD Operation and Volunteer offices. SFPA is responsible for organizing community volunteers to work with apprentices who supervise workdays and use their gardening expertise to create park work plans. Through workdays and community events, volunteers work alongside newly recruited gardener apprentices to improve parks in need of additional maintenance and beautification.

The Gardener Apprentice Program, in conjunction with RPD and SFPA have picked park locations with strong volunteer stewardship at various stages of development. Some parks have a long history of dedicated park advocates, while others sites are developing their park groups and beginning to establish regular park workdays. By having an array of groups represented in the curriculum, the apprentices receive a comprehensive experience that includes working with park stewards, showcasing the positive effect of community stewardship and workforce development in our parks.

Proposed Program Goals

  • Provide regular care and activation of 7 parks throughout San Francisco
  • Supplement the limited resources of RPD by increasing the role of volunteers and ensure neighborhood commitment to the selected parks, which will in turn discourage park misuse such as graffiti and littering.
  • Give increased training to new RPD gardeners by giving them early and frequent exposure to volunteers.
  • Develop a strong community volunteerism curriculum for the apprentices that can be replicable and integrated with the GAP coursework.
  • Showcase the success of the GAP and generate positive publicity.

Next Steps

SFPA is kicking-off the program by hosting apprentice-led volunteer workdays at sites throughout November and December 2011, peak times where volunteers want to give back to their communities. For all workdays SFPA will partner with existing neighborhood groups, such

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as neighborhood associations and community-based organizations, to leverage existing groups of community-minded individuals. SFPA would then conduct further neighborhood outreach through our networks to identify additional volunteer support.

2011 Schedule

Date Site Supervisor/ District Flier / Join us!
Sat, November 19 | 9am – Noon Laurel Hill Playground Farrell | 2 | Laurel Heights Flier / Email
Sat, November 19 | 1pm – 4pm Franklin Square Park Kim | 6 | Potrero Hill Flier / Email
Sat, December 3 | 9am – Noon Crocker Amazon Avalos | 11 | Excelsior Flier / Email
Sat, December 3 | 1pm – 4pm Louis Sutter Roundhouse Cohen | 10 | Portola Flier / Email
Sat, December 10 | 9am – 3pm* Strawberry Hill, Golden Gate Park Mar | 1 | Golden Gate Park Flier / Email
Sat, December 17 | 9am – Noon Garfield Square Park Campos | 9 | Mission Flier / Email
Sat, December 17 | 1pm – 4pm Sgt. John MacCauley Playground Kim | 6 | Tenderloin Flier / Email

* Strawberry Hill will be an extended workday on December 10 from 9am – 3pm. We will be concluding work an hour earlier than other sites and will allow for an hour lunch from noon – 1pm.

2011 Neighborhood Empowerment Network Awards

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Nominations are now open for the 2011 NEN awards – Save the date!
The Fourth Annual NEN Awards are just around the corner, and we need your help to identify the people and organizations who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to our neighborhoods.

As is the NEN Awards tradition, we need you to help us select the winners.  So visit the link below and make your nomination.  The nomination window closes at 5pm Friday, October 21, so don’t delay - submit your nominations today.

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Also be sure to save the date, Wednesday, November 16th for the 2011 NEN Awards at City Hall. Registration for the Awards ceremony is now open, so sign up today.  Registration is FREE, but space is limited!

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Rec & Park Department News: October 2011

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

This month, in addition to announcing this year’s Scaregrove in Stern Grove, RPD wanted to take time careplus pharmacy to thank three individuals from the Rec and

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Park family who have really made a difference in our parks over the years, who exemplify the type of employee every city park department across the country would love to have. We’ve been lucky to have all three gardeners serve our city parks for a combined 83 years– Joe Faulkner, Terry McDevitt and Carter Church.

Joe Faulkner retires after 38 years with the city, a career that began in 1973 – only one year before his father Charlie retired from the City in 1974. Together, Joe and his father represent over 76 years of continuous family history working for the City.

As a kid, Joe worked at Harding Park, picking up golf balls at the driving range for golf pro Joey Rey. Joe is an accomplished golfer in his own right, playing in 40 San Francisco City Golf Tournaments. He is a two-time Harding Park Men’s Club champion, and Joe and his son Daniel are two-time Family Golf Tournament champions, held annually at the Golden Gate Park Golf Course.

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In 1980 Joe received a Bachelor of Arts degree in recreation from San Francisco State University. He was a gardener at Lincoln Park for 11 years and has taken care of the Golden Gate Park Golf Course for the past 17 years, keeping it maintained at a high level and even enduring a much-publicized vandalism incident at the course in 2010.

Joe has also worked at Harding Park for the American Express Tournament in 2005 and for the Charles Schwab Cup in 2010, two flagship events that have helped make San Francisco a world-renowned golfing destination.

Joe is married to his beautiful wife Carol and together they have three children, Michael, Daniel and Kelly. Joe is looking forward to retirement, playing golf, staying involved in the golf community and traveling with his wife.


Terry McDevitt is also retiring and has worked for the department for more than 40 years, or as his friend and supervisor Robert Sheets says, since the dawn of time.

Terry first worked as a temp worker along Ocean Beach, cleaning bathrooms, but soon got permanent status as a gardener working in Golden Gate Park’s East End, where he was credited with several improvements to the area.

Terry has also worked at Stern Grove and has spent the last 17 years working at West Sunset Playground, where he has excelled as a groundskeeper, caring for the popular and heavily used soccer fields and ball diamonds. While he started with two other gardeners at West Sunset, staff attrition soon left him there on his own, however, the quality of the park never suffered. To this date, Terry’s diamonds are some of the most requested and least complained about fields in the system.

At one point in his career, Terry took voice lessons to become a DJ. Although he wasn’t cut out for the job, he soon became articulate in the verbal arts. The nickname “Silver Tongue” still follows him genericviagra100mg-quality to this day as he’s often found at public meetings participating in discussions on park issues. Terry also continues to be active in Local 261, where he is a shop steward.

As an employee, Terry is a supervisor’s dream, often taking care of issues before his supervisor even talks to him about them. According to Robert, a typical conversation between him and Terry goes like this:

Robert: “Hey, Terry. Just got a call. We have a line break at West….”

Terry: “Already dug it out and called the plumbers…”

Robert: “Okay…see you at lunch.”


Carter Church has worked for the department for a little over five years. He first worked in the Mission under Adrian Field and then transferred to Section Two in Golden Gate Park, where he was responsible for the Shakespeare Garden and one-third of the Japanese Tea Garden.

While working for the department he personally pursued additional academic status on his own time, elevating his own skills and of those around him by forwarding on whatever he had just learned.

His supervisor, James McCormick recently said, “Every gardener is a painter of the landscape. Some people like chaos and color, others prefer sharp lines, symmetrical angles and clutter, while more desire order and method. Carter’s character and eye were of warmth, patience, and strategy; his personal style brought sensitivity and intelligence to his beats and to his crew. He made everyone want to come to work, because he was never just a coworker but a friend as well. We all miss and love you in Section Two.”

Last month, Food & Wine Magazine, a national publication, named the Shakespeare Garden as one of the nation’s top picnic spots, an honor that is a direct result of Carter’s hard work and passion.

Although Joe, Terry and Carter won’t be part of the everyday dealings at Rec and Park anymore, they’ll always be part of our Rec and Park family and always have a special place in my heart.
Scaregrove Returns to Stern Grove!

It’s a Halloween event for the entire family! Featuring a haunted house, hay rides, arts & crafts, giant inflatables, and carnival rides.

Date: 10/28/2011
Time: 4:00 PM -9:00 PM
Fee: $8 per person for all-access pass
Location: Stern Grove
Address: Sloat at 19th Avenue | San Francisco CA 94116
Ages: Family

Go To: or download the flier for more details!

The San Francisco Parks Alliance is born!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

San Francisco’s parks and green open spaces are deserving of a world-class, independent nonprofit organization. Neighborhood Parks Council and San Francisco Parks Trust, the preeminent organizations serving our city parks, have joined forces to create the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA).

SFPA formally begins its launch on October 3, 2011. Our staff is further developing the framework for a website, our slate of programs, and creative new ways for you to engage with parks. Through this process we will emerge a stronger, more effective voice for parks in San Francisco.

Visit our launch status page at for updates and to track our progress. In the interim you can continue to use the NPC and SFPT websites. Programming and services will remain the same during this launch period and the commitments we made as NPC and SFPT will be continued and honored.

The new San Francisco Parks Alliance combines 55 years of experience toward a common goal—to engage citizens in improving their public spaces and providing healthy, safe recreation for all.

Join us. Be an ally to your park.

Read more about NPC’s history and work by linking to!
Milestones in the development of the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA):


Several Years Ago

Through dual strategic planning processes the two organizations identify a synergy between their strengths in advocacy and philanthropy.

January 2011

A joint board is created to engage experts in facilitating the discussion and planning for building a new organization.

March buy viagra in mexico 2011 

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NPC and SFPT jointly release the SFPA Green Paper, a shared vision for a more effective parks-serving organization.

April 2011 

Input from stakeholders is solicited through a series of public meetings. Volunteers, advocates and City agencies overwhelmingly support the vision for SFPA.

June 2011

Organization integration begins after a joint board outlined governance structures based on current best practices.

July 2011

The final board and member vote is cast to approve the formation of the San Francisco Parks Alliance. Board recruitment and search for an Executive Director begins.

August 2011

Legal transition begins as bylaws are written to ensure that SFPA remains a nimble, broad-based and independent organization that represents views of all City residents.

September 2011

NPC and SFPT celebrate a combined 55 years of accomplishments and service to parks, recreation and open space.

October 3, 2011

San Francisco Parks Alliance is born, as new executive director Matthew O’Grady takes the helm.

Join SFPA for a stroll through Golden Gate Park’s history

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The history of Golden Gate Park is a composite of stories about people. Many interesting and colorful characters have left memorable footprints in this amazing landscape over the years. Join San Francisco Parks Alliance for an evening with Heath Schenker, local landscape historian and author, and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Davis. Ms. Schenker will recount the stories of some of the fascinating individuals who are part of the rich history of Golden Gate Park,

such as William Hammond Hall, William Randolph Hearst, and Velma Tilden.

Light refreshments will be served.

WHAT: Golden Gate Park: A Stroll Through History
WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: The Orchid Gallery (directly east of The Conservatory of Flowers) in Golden Gate Park
COST: Free to SFPA Members* (If your SFPT membership cards have not expired, or if you’ve donated to NPC since 11/1/10, then you are a current SFPA member.) $10.00 Non-Members
RSVP: Please contact Steve Bowles at 415-750-5440 or by Friday, October 21, 2011

For more details, go to ParksPortal.

Volunteer to enhance a butterfly habitat in Golden Gate Park!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Join SFPA on Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, December 10th!

If you love your parks, and are looking for a meaningful and substantive way to make a positive difference, come on out and volunteer with the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the Recreation and Park Department!

On the second Saturday of every month we enhance butterfly habitat on Strawberry Hill.  We remove invasive weeds, and put in the native plant species that Swallowtails and other butterflies need to thrive! In addition to enhancing habitat, volunteers will learn about the natural and cultural history of Strawberry Hill. All instruction and tools will be provided.

Please wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and dress in layers as the weather can change quickly.  Bring water and a sack lunch.

WHEN December 10th, and the second Saturday of every month, from 10 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Meet at the Boathouse at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park
RSVP: Please contact Julia Brashares at or 415-621-3260 by Thursday, December 8, 2011

For even more information, you can visit ParksPortal.

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2011 Mayoral Candidate Ratings

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) works closely with our elected and appointed officials to ensure parks and open space are a priority at City Hall. Electing a “Park Friendly” Mayor who values neighborhood parks, open spaces and recreation facilities for all San Franciscans and understands the challenges facing our park system is essential for our city. With the help of our dedicated community volunteers San Francisco’s parks are the cornerstone of every neighborhood but it is with the support of our new Mayor that our parks can continue to thrive.

About the NPC’s Rating System

NPC recognizes candidates as “Park Friendly” who not only demonstrate a love and appreciation of parks, but also knowledge of how parks in San Francisco function and specific challenges the system faces. Park management in such a geographically-limited, resource-scarce environment is very challenging and NPC looks to all of San Francisco’s elected officials to be informed, collaborative and community-minded as we work together

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to ensure neighborhood parks are clean, safe and fun.

Candidates are identified as “Park Champions” if they complete both the declaration and questionnaire with answers that exhibit an in depth knowledge of our parks system and provided exceptional and detailed answers to the questionnaire.

Park Friendly and Park Champion Candidates

Candidate Submitted Questionnaire Signed Declaration Park Friendly Rating
Jeff Adachi Yes No Park Friendly
Michela Alioto-Pier Yes No Park Friendly
John Avalos Yes No Park Friendly
Terry Joan Baum Yes Yes Park Friendly
David Chiu Yes Yes Park Champion
Bevan Dufty Yes Yes Park Champion
Tony Hall Yes Yes Park Friendly
Dennis Herrera Yes Yes Park Friendly
Joanna Rees Yes Yes Park Friendly
Phil Ting Yes Yes Park Friendly
Leland Yee Yes Yes Park Champion
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Edwin Lee No No Unable to rate

Celebrating 15 years of Park Stewardship

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


Fifteen years ago Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) was a fledgling nonprofit founded by Dr. Isabel Wade with just eight grassroots park groups. Our vision was the same as we hold to now: To engage citizens in improving generic viagra their public spaces.

Thanks to our coalition of volunteers and advocates, like you, we became a strong, unified voice for parks, recreation and open space. We changed the face of our city’s landscape, the management of our green spaces, and the policies that liquid cialis dose guide our open space system. Our coalition has secured millions of dollars in private funding for improvements and dedicated ephedrine viagra countless volunteer hours. Together, we passed park bond measures, increased government accountability, and made a more beautiful and sustainable park system for this and future generations.

Today, as we celebrate our many accomplishments we also look forward to an even more fruitful future. As you may know, we decided to partner with the San Francisco Parks Trust to create a new park-serving organization – the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

The mission of the Parks Alliance is to inspire and promote civic engagement and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco parks and green open spaces. We are equally committed to keeping strong connections to every neighborhood and will continue NPC’s legacy of informed se necesita receta para comprar cialis advocacy as a cornerstone of this new effort.

This October NPC will embark with the San Francisco Parks Trust to form the Parks Alliance. Through our efforts, we aspire to pioneer the vision for a national model for park-serving nonprofits. We hope you will continue to be an integral part of our future success by continuing to partner with us and results of viagra support our work.

Thank you for helping us successfully complete countless events and projects over the past 15 years. For more details on how the San Francisco Parks Alliance formed, please go to

For our Parks,

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Playground Initiative meets its challenge match!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Earlier this year, we told you that you could help Neighborhood Parks Council improve playgrounds in San Francisco. Your gift to the Playground Initiative allowed NPC to identify and rehabilitate playgrounds in need of attention. For example, volunteers added ten tons of clean playground sand at Herz Playground in Visitacion Valley guaranteeing a safe and sanitary play area for neighborhood children. To read about our other successes, please visit the Playground Initiative Successes page.

Further, your contribution enabled NPC to release its match from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, making our total funds raised $40,000!

To continue to follow NPC’s work on the Playground Initiative, please visit to learn about upcoming events, the Playground Report Card and other playground relevant news.

Once again, on the behalf of the staff and board at NPC and families throughout San Francisco, thank you for your support. We could not have done this without your generosity and dedication to the maintenance and care of our playgrounds.