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 sfparksalliance.org 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 http://cialisfordailyuse-dosage.com/ 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 sfnpc.org/celebrate!
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 http://viagraformen-forsaleonline.com/ and planning for building a new cheapdiscount-pharmacynorx.com organization.

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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.

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 sfnpc.org/feedback.

For our Parks,

NPC staff and board

Seeking Green: Funding public parks in a challenging financial climate

Friday, September 16th, 2011

This past year, NPC Executive Director Meredith Thomas, joined other civic leaders to tackle park financing at a policy and planning level. Led by SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, the RPD Revenue Task Force recently released their findings in the month publication, the Urbanist. Download and read the full report, Seeking Green, here.

“San Francisco’s parks are among the city’s most treasured assets — but they’re also in serious financial trouble. The city’s Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) has lost more than 25 percent of its General Fund revenue in just five years. Meanwhile, labor costs have gone up 34 percent. This mix of factors has forced the

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department to make dramatic cuts. The RPD has lost 150 staff positions in the past seven years, and deferred maintenance costs have reached $1.4 billion.

The RPD’s current annual budget is $127.9 million. SPUR’s task force found that the department needs an additional $30 to $35 million each year in order to retain 24-hour safety patrols, maintain the health of park trees and plants, and keep facilities open and programs operating. In this SPUR Report, we offer 11 recommendations to stabilize current funding and fill the additional need using three key strategies: strengthen public financing, develop philanthropy into a more robust resource, and explore new ways to generate revenue through park activities.”*

About The Authors

SPUR Staff: Corey Marshall

SPUR RPD Revenue Task Force: Mark Buell (Chair), Katie Albright, London Breed, Jim Chappell, Michael Cohen, Vince Courtney, Gia Daniller, Kim Drew, Robert Gamble, Dave Hartley, Dave Holland, Karen Kidwell, Jim Lazarus, John Madden, Richard Magary, Larry McNesby, Gabriel Metcalf, Greg Moore, Kelly Quirke, Jonathan Rewers, Loring Sagan, Glenn Snyder, Dan Safier and

Meredith Thomas

This report was made possible by the generous support of the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation. Special thanks to the staff of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

*Text from SPUR website: http://spur.org/publications/library/report/seeking-green, 9/16/2011

Planning for the Future

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

July 13, 2011: Update on the Formation of the San Francisco Parks Alliance from Meredith Thomas

I am pleased to announce that on July 12, 2011 the members of the San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) voted in favor of forming a new, bigger and more effective park-serving organization for San Francisco in conjunction with the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC). The new organization will be called the San Francisco Parks Alliance and I am asking for your help in ensuring its success as an advocacy, support and leadership entity for San Francisco parks and park users.

I hope that you have been tracking NPC’s updates about our efforts to form the San Francisco Parks Alliance (Parks Alliance) but if not, now is an excellent time to get involved. Click here to read my full overview and next steps.

The Parks Alliance is seeking a dynamic and qualified professional to step into the role of Executive Director. A full job description is available here.

Green Paper describing the joint vision for a new organization for our parks and open space

Click here to download the Green Paper.

We welcome your feedback about the ideal park organization for San Francisco. Please send comments to feedback@sfnpc.org.

Thursday, April 14th joint stakeholder meeting held at the SPUR Urban CenterJoint Stakeholder Meeting

About 60 park stakeholders joined NPC and SFPT on April 14th to discuss a new organization for our parks and open space in San Francisco. The meeting was held at the SPUR Urban Center. Snacks were provided by Wichcraft

Missed the meeting? Minutes and materials are available at sfnpc.org/meetingminutes2011. We welcome your feedback about the ideal park organization for San Francisco and can receive your comments:

-   via email at feedback@sfnpc.org or via hardcopy by mailing your input to:

SFNPC Attn: Feedback
451 Hayes Street, 2nd Fl
San Francisco, CA 94102

March 21, 2011: Green Paper released and joint meeting announced for April 14

At NPC’s annual Meeting with the Mayor, we released hard copies of a joint “green paper,” composed by the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) and the San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT). We are pleased to have the opportunity to share our early plans for a new city-wide organization for our parks and open space in San Francisco. If you do not get the opportunity to pick up a copy of this paper or missed the Meeting with the Mayor, you can download it here.

We are committed to receiving feedback from our stakeholders and therefore invite you to join us for a Joint Meeting between NPC and SFPT to discuss a new organization for our parks open space in San Francisco. Details for the joint meeting, to be held on Thursday, April 14, are listed above in the March 30, 2011 post.

March 1, 2011 : New unified city-wide park and open space organization envisioned

Dear Friends,

Since 1996, the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) has worked collaboratively with our coalition of park groups, community advocates and partners. As someone reading this message, we know that you have an interest and passion for your parkland. It is through park users and supporters, like you, that we are capable of giving our parks and open spaces an effective voice at City Hall. It is with your participation that we can continue to strive for a superior, equitable and sustainable park and recreation system for San Francisco.

As we celebrate our 15th anniversary as an organization, NPC has begun to work towards a vision for a comprehensive park resource and advocacy organization with the San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT). With the substantial decreases in public funding for our parks, both organizations share the desire to safeguard the future of San Francisco’s green space. To this end, NPC and SFPT have been exploring the opportunity to create a unified organization that can ensure that volunteerism, civic engagement, advocacy, and philanthropy are coordinated and leveraged to achieve the best outcomes for our parks.

NPC and SFPT recognize that San Francisco citizens want and need a world-class, independent nonprofit to hold the vision for parks, align community needs with accountable management by our government, and provide resources for parks through volunteerism and philanthropy.

Moving forward, we are exploring whether a unified organization can eliminate duplication of efforts, be more efficient, and bring more resources to our parks. As our discussions continue, input from our coalition will be essential and ongoing. NPC will update this webpage with any information or documents that call for coalition feedback.

We welcome your feedback about the ideal park organization for San Francisco and can receive your comments:

-   via email at feedback@sfnpc.org or via hardcopy by mailing your input to:

SFNPC Attn: Feedback
451 Hayes Street, 2nd Fl
San Francisco, CA 94102

For Our Parks,

Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director

2011 Playground Initiative Workdays

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The Playground Initiative is a partnership between the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD). The Initiative works towards ensuring that all children in San Francisco have access to a safe and engaging play space in their own neighborhood. By building strong partnerships with the community, elected officials and RPD, the Playground Initiative ensures that playgrounds are valued, protected, and improved citywide.

Each year NPC works with the RPD Volunteer Program to host 10-15 playground focused volunteer workdays. In 2011, we have worked at the following sites:

May 6, 2011: Herz Playground (Play Day)

Play Day Workday

May 10, 2011: Sergeant John Macaulay Park

The Merrin Teen Professional Fellows, a fellows program of the JCC Association, joined us to revitalize this local Tenderloin neighborhood playground.

June 9, 2011: Buchanan St. Mall Playground (@ Fulton)

Managers from the San Francisco Federal Credit Union (SFFCU) joined forces to give this Western Addition playground a face-lift.

June 17, 2011: Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground

Volunteers of Genentech Gives Back banned together in Chinatown to clean up and restore the local playground.

June 30, 2011: Buchanan St.Mall Playground (@ Turk)

The generous employees of San Francisco Federal Credit Union (SFFCU) spent their Thursday morning cleaning up and revamping this neighborhood playground and pedestrian walkway. See the SFFCU press release here.

July 17, 2011: Christopher Playground

Approximately 20 volunteers recruited by the Jewish Federation joined NPC on Sunday, July 17th for a playground painting project. Volunteers were supervised by expert staff from RPD’s Paint Shop. Thanks to everyone who helped give Christopher Playground a facelift!

July 28, 2011: Portsmouth Square Playground

Thursday at 10am yielded energetic volunteers from Moody’s who gave back to the Chinatown community by cleaning up Portsmouth Square Playground. Led by expert gardener, Alan, the group cleaned and gardened with gusto. Check out the upper playground area that now has clean rubber tiles thanks to this wonderful group!

July 29, 2011: Miraloma Playground

NPC and Parks Trust staff joined together to paint Miraloma Playground with RPD painter Joe Padilla. We had a great time singing along to oldies and painting away. NPC was able to purchase the paint used at this workday thanks to generous donations to our Playground Initiative.

September 17, 2011:  Bernal Heights Rec. Center & Playground

On a beautiful Saturday morning, NPC and its partner Let’s Go Chipper hosted a workday/community social at Bernal heights Rec. Center & Playground to clean and redistribute sand in the playground.

West Sunset Playground Renovated

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

September 1, 2011: Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Ortega Branch Library and the West Sunset Playground (38th & Ortega).

Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the plaza with musical entertainment from San Francisco Beacon Center, Rec Connect and others.

Speeches begin at 11 a.m. with San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Recreation and Park GM Phil Ginsburg, Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Neru, Neighborhood Parks Council Executive Director Meredith Thomas, Friends of West Sunset Playground, and other officials. There will be an official ribbon cutting and a lion dance performance by the Jing Mo Athletic Association.

Library access will begin at 12 noon and continue to 6 p.m.

Help us welcome back these neighborhood treasures!

February 8, 2011: The old West Sunset playground was demolished today. This means that the playground is on itOld West Sunset Playground Demolitions way to being rebuilt into the safe and inviting playground that NPC’s fiscal group Friends of West Sunset Playground and district 4 Supervisor Chu have been working so hard for these past few years!!

Construction is slated to take place over the next 5-6 months.