Current Initiatives

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.

NPC’s Playground Donation Challenge

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Monkey BarsOde to our playgrounds

Every morning, kids on summer vacation arise
Looking forward to a day to romp and catch butterflies

A day at the playground is what’s in store
Sunny days in San Francisco are never a bore

Monkey bars, slides, sand pits and swings…
My how all the children and parents love those things

Imagine your day without the park
We would feel like we’re all in the dark

Thanks to NPC, our playgrounds are clean, safe and fun
The Playground Initiative makes sure to get the job done

Playgrounds are in need
So, do us the deed and donate to our match
Your gift will be doubled within a flash!

Imagine this. Your child’s playground is clean, safe and beautiful. There are no foreign objects in the sand, the swings don’t have missing chains and you are not afraid to take your children to the park anymore. All children deserve a safe and enjoyable place to play.

NPC’s Playground Initiative works with the community to improve unsafe playgrounds by hosting clean-up days and events. With the help of the Recreation and Park Department and local volunteers, the Playground Initiative surveys all the playgrounds in the city to raise awareness on specific parks in need. The 2010 Report Card was published in April 2010 at NPC’s annual Play Day.

While certain playgrounds face challenges, Neighborhood Parks Council pulled together and achieved some stunning successes; through our efforts failing play structures at Balboa, Franklin and Rossi parks have been replaced with Dolores and West Sunset parks breaking ground in the summer. Hard work, dedication, critical timing, and donations from supporters like you – NPC was able to respond to unparalleled opportunities.

Today we’re facing the kind of challenge we like. A generous grant from Mimi and Peter Haas Fund will match your gift dollar-for-dollar.

Help us provide 365 days of services around the City – one day at a time – by supporting a playground.

$100 will ensure each playground in San Francisco is evaluated for safety hazards and prioritized for any needed repairs


allows NPC to plan a volunteer work day at a dilapidated playground to improve its condition

$500 gives NPC the ability to start a park group at a run-down playground to help transform it for the whole community

Remember, your gift will qualify for the match and double in value, so please give as generously as you can.

Please contact us at with any questions or click here to make your contribution.

Friendraiser Luncheon 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011


“Parks are integral to urban life – everyone deserves a clean, safe, park in their neighborhood. Parks create community.”


On May 19, 2011, Neighborhood Parks Council held their Annual Friendraiser Luncheon at the elaborate and beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom. The Luncheon was a great success with a fully packed house. This networking event brought together an amazing group of supporters and advocates for parks and open spaces. It is our strong relationships that keep our city green and allows us to escape to nature in our urban city.

As the panelist spoke each one emphasized the importance of our parks and how we all can be engaged in improving the overall health of our city and the environment. It was so meaningful for the NPC staff, as we work with so many of the attendees each day to celebrate

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On behalf of the NPC staff and Board of Directors, we thank our generous sponsors, table hosts and partners. With your donations and funding we can keep the future of open space and recreation vibrant and alive.

The Wellie Wagon Gives Back

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Wellie Photo ShootYou probably saw the side effects viagra long term use ubiquitous bright yellow and blue van called the Wellie Wagon all over San Francisco for the past 10 weeks.

This mobile cialis and methamphetamine van sold rubber boots throughout the city, so San Franciscans would have dry feet during the rainy season.

Tretorn picked NPC as their charity of choice and donated $1 for every pair sold at the Wellie Wagon. During Earth week, the company released a new color generic cialis boot and gave $10 per pair to our nonprofit. We’re happy to say that with Tretorn’s Twitter feed letting people know about their location and SFer’s hatred for soggy socks, NPC will be viagra over the counter canada receiving a donation of nearly $400!

The company also donated Wellies to NPC staff members so when we’re at workdays our feet will not get dampened either.

Not only did Tretorn support NPC with a donation, but the Wellie Wagon staff helped risks of viagra clean up Warm Water Cove Park with the Green Trust along the Blue Greenway during Earth day. Thank asian girl in viagra commercial you, Wellie Wagon for visiting San Francisco!

Support NPC Through Your Community

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

We know that our park advocates support their parks in many ways. This is why NPC provides several ways for you to support our efforts, helping new park groups form and existing groups work to improve their recreation and open space.

Supporters can give through a donation or through community giving opportunities with our partners like My Broker Donates, Cole Hardware and Community Thrift.

No matter how you support NPC’s work, your contribution will be put to use right away to make our parks clean, green and fun!

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its newest community fundraising partner, My Broker Donates (MBD). Donations are generated by tapping real estate commissions when you buy or sell a home. They do this by connecting our supporters with best-in-market real estate brokers who donate 15% of their fee to the Parks Council.

The best part? It costs the S.F. Parks Council and its supporters nothing.

If you or someone you know is considering selling their home, connect with the great people at My Broker Donates and give back to your new neighborhood park!

Cole Hardware
Cole Hardware gives us 10% of purchases made by you, whenever you make a purchase! Earn money for Neighborhood Parks Council while shopping for your hardware needs at any Cole Hardware location. The more you spend, the more they donate to us! Just ask the cashier to post your purchase to Neighborhood Parks Council (account #783). It’s that simple!

Cole Hardware logo Four Cole Hardware locations in San Francisco:
Cole Valley: 956 Cole Street at Parnassus
Mission District: 3312 Mission Street at 29th Street
Downtown: 70 Fourth Street near Market
Russian Hill: 2254 Polk Street at Green


Community Thrift Store
You can make a contribution to NPC by donating unwanted items to Community Thrift Store.

Community Thrift is located at 623 Valencia Street in the Mission (click here for a map).
Donation hours are 10 AM-5 PM every day.Unsure if you should donate? Call Community Thrift Store for details on acceptable donation items (415.861.4910) or click here to read more.
Make sure to note NPC’s charity code is #142.



Pizza! Parks! Patxi’s!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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You can RSVP via Facebook:

Spring Cleaning with NPC and Community Thrift Store

Monday, April 26th, 2010

CleaningReady to clean out your closet?

Found a shirt that you probably bought for a 70s theme party that you don’t think you’d ever wear again?

Transferred all those CDs onto your mp3 player and want to get rid of that clutter?

Just moved and you just can’t fit that table in your room anymore?

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When dropping off your items, remember to mention Neighborhood Parks Council (code number: 142) as your charity of choice. When your item is purchased, Community Thrift Store will donate portion of its sales to our work.

Green Choice Campaign – Tell us about your experience

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

If you love our work then tell the world! You have an exciting opportunity to help Neighborhood Parks pills like viagra at walmart Council make even more of a difference in our community. cialis coupons GreatNonprofits – a site like Yelp – is launching a campaign to find the top-rated nonprofits serving our green and their buy viagra sample families.

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Thank you!!

Interview with NPC’s Monthly Donor, Cole

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Meredith and ColeDid you know you could donate to NPC every month? Like layaway, you are slowly helping NPC make parks clean, safe and enjoyable for everyone.

By donating as little as $10 a month you can help pay for one swing at rundown playground or allow NPC to attend a commission hearing at City Hall to be the voice of the community. Think of all the parks groups and playgrounds that you are helping!

We interviewed long-time monthly donor, Cole about why he donates $10 every month.  Please visit to start your monthly donations.

Why do you donate to NPC?

I began donating for two reasons. First, I needed some tax deductions. Second, and more importantly, I feel it’s everyone’s responsibility to help in whatever way they can — whether it’s volunteering, or donating large or small amounts. If everyone gave just one dollar to a charity each month, our world would be in a much better place.

What made you decide to donate monthly?

Giving a small amount, (especially through automatic deductions) is a really easy way to give and it doesn’t break your wallet. I give monthly donations to several non-profits in the city and it’s out of my account before I even check my pay stub.  I do nothing at all but add it up at the end of the year and deduct it on my tax forms. It’s always nice to help your community.

Do you volunteer with NPC?

Yes, mostly at NPC-related events.

What do you like the most about NPC?

I grew up in the city near Golden Gate Park. I took it for granted that everyone had access to safe and beautiful open space. NPC strives to make sure that access is a reality for everyone. Even if you don’t spend time in a park, they make a city block look a whole lot nicer.

Why do you think others should donate monthly to NPC?

It is in times like these that ordinary citizens need to step-up and support what is important to them and their community. In the 1920′s, Joseph Strauss rallied San Franciscans like an angry watchdog and demanded a bridge nobody wanted. After raising substantial funds of all amounts from private donations, the city and its voters followed suit with 35 million dollars in bond money. Thanks to Strauss and those private citizens, the bridge began construction in 1933 and San Franciscans still cherish it today as a national landmark. Imagine San Francisco without it! Now imagine it without any open spaces. NPC is the watchdog – it’s time to donate.

To start donating every month, please visit Thanks for your support, every month! Contact Anita at if you have any questions.

Special Promotion at City Car Share For NPC Supporters

Friday, August 28th, 2009

 City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit with a mission to provide convenient, affordable access to shared cars in order to reduce individual car ownership and usage.  City CarShare’s service removes hundreds of cars from our streets and parking lots, resulting in fewer emissions, fewer cars and more potential green space for Bay Area parks.

City CarShare supports NPC’s work and is offering special discounts to the NPC coalition for hourly access to hundreds of fuel-efficient cars.  NPC supporters who join City CarShare before October 1st will be awarded $30 in driving credits, and the standard $300 deposit will be waived as well.  Sign up at and use promo code NPC09.  (Valid for ShareLocal or SharePlus until October 1, 2009.  May not be combined with other offers.)  Gas, premium insurance and maintenance are always included in City CarShare’s low driving rate.