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Linden Living Alley receives Innovation Award

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

11.27.2011 Linden Living Alley awarded Livable City’s 2011 Innovation Award!

San Francisco Parks Alliance’s Park Partner Linden Living Alley Project was awarded Livable City’s 2011 award for Innovation on November 14, 2011.

Livable City’s Complete Streets campaign is working to transform San Francisco’s streets and alleys, which account for a quarter of San Francisco’s total area, into safe, green, and attractive public places that support walking, cycling, and public transit, foster vital neighborhood-serving commerce, serve as community open spaces for meeting and play, and enhance air and water quality and biodiversity.

San Francisco’s small streets and alleyways – rights-of-way narrower than 40 feet – hold immense promise as neighborhood-serving public places, especially in the City’s denser neighborhoods where parks and yards are often scarce. Unfortunately, city engineering standards, which require wide roadways and strict segregation between roadways and sidewalks, make it difficult to realize the potential of these alleyways as complete streets. Linden Living Alleyway is a neighborhood initiative which transformed a section of Linden Street in Hayes Valley into San Francisco’s first modern ‘shared space’ street. Shared spaces soften the segregation of roadway and sidewalk to create safe, low-speed environments where walking, cycling, and automobile access coexist with greenery and space for socializing and play. The City has examples of shared spaces going back to the 1970s, but local standards, in particular the local interpretation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, had virtually precluded new shared space designs, despite the preference for shared space solutions for narrow streets an alleys in the City’s recently adopted Better Streets Plan. Linden Living Alley’s team, which included architect David Winslow, Loring Sagan and his colleagues from Build, Inc, and Meredith Thomas and her colleagues from the San Francisco Parks Alliance, spent many years working with City staff and disability advocates to develop the design to preserve accessibility while staying true to the shared space vision. The Linden Living Alley team have furthered the livability of San Francisco by creating an outstanding public space for all to enjoy, and by developing a prototype and set of standards that will open the way for reclaiming dozens of small streets and alleys across San Francisco.

10.1.2010 Linden Alley Opening!

Thank you for joining us! Hayes Valley’s exciting new addition to its open space Linden Living Alley was unveiled.

After nearly 4 years of work to green Linden Alley with support from the Community Challenge Grant Program and Supervisor Mirkarimi, the Linden Living Alley project is now a reality. Focused on a portion of Linden Alley at Gough Street, the project tabled the street to the level of the sidewalk, added trees and planted areas, along with seating and traffic calming. As a pilot for the city there were a number of complicated steps to work through, but through the hard work of dedicated volunteers and NPC staff, Linden Living Alley is ready to unveil. Read more about the project on their blog: http://lindenlivingalley.wordpress.com

As always, Linden Living Alley appreciates your support

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To view pictures of the celebration please visit our Flickr page.

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 sfnpc.org/programs/playgrounds/ 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 donate@sfnpc.org with any questions or click here to make your contribution.

Tech-based stewardship with ParkScan

Friday, September 10th, 2010

ParkScan is a website that enables San Franciscans to report issues they observe in parks directly to City staff.

ParkScan is a program generic cialis of the how many viagra pills in a prescription Neighborhood Parks Council is generic cialis good in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and has been helping to improve neighborhood generic cialis online parks, playgrounds, and green spaces since 2003. ParkScan gives everyone a way to get involved in keeping San Francisco parks clean, safe, and fun.

ParkScan can also taking viagra everyday be used as a source of information for parks in San Francisco. Visit http://parkscan.org/parks to find information and maps for your neighborhood park.