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Volunteers make powerful connections at the Strawberry Hill Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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Volunteers engaged in the Strawberry Hill Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project are making important connections – both to how their actions impact the natural world, and to each other. At every volunteer work day since the program’s inception in September 2010, expert guest speakers have provided lunchtime talks on ecology, botany, and natural history.

Renowned lepidopterist (butterfly expert) Liam O’Brien has spoken to the volunteer group on numerous occasions.  He has served as crucial consultant to the project, advising on prime locations for developing butterfly corridors on Strawberry Hill, as well as the selection of beneficial California native plants.  Liam is also an artist and created illustrations for the brochure Butterflies of San Francisco.

When out on Strawberry Hill, Liam excitedly points out various butterfly species as they float over the heads of the volunteers, and his passion for butterflies is contagious.  Liam’s goal is to turn every volunteer into a lepidopterist.  As Liam notes, “The first step in stewardship is being able to name the species you’re seeing.”

Thanks to an anonymous donation from a dedicated volunteer, a beautiful porcelain enamel sign with full color illustrations of butterflies by Liam O’Brien has been funded and was installed at the summit of Strawberry Hill in time for the project’s one year anniversary party in September 2011.  Liam was excited to invite his parents to the festivities, especially his mother June O’Brien, as she had always been supportive of his work as an artist. Sadly, Liam’s mother passed away two weeks before the anniversary celebration, so neither of his parents made it to the sign dedication.

The sign itself has a direct maternal connection: the donor for the sign contributed the funds in honor her elderly mother who passed away in 2010 – the mother was someone who studied and loved butterflies. In her later years the mother lost most of her memory, but even to the end she never forgot the species names for countless butterflies.

The November volunteer work day on Strawberry Hill was an especially poignant one: Liam O’Brien visited the summit with his father, Robert O’Brien, and his brother, Colin O’Brien, so they could finally see the sign and enjoy the butterflies floating about the summit.   Liam, Robert, and Colin had the opportunity to chat with the volunteer who funded the sign, and she talked about how her mother was with them in spirit. Just then a butterfly flitted closer.  A young boy volunteering that day wondered out loud, “Which butterfly is that?” and then used the sign as a guide to identify the species, and happily yelled, “It’s a Red Admiral!”  Liam and the rest of us smiled.  It was a good day indeed.

If you would like to become a lepidopterist and/or simply be involved in meaningful habitat restoration work on Strawberry Hill, please consider joining community volunteers, SF Parks Alliance, and the SF Recreation & Parks Department at the next volunteer work day.  We meet the second Saturday of every month at 10 am at the Stow Lake Boat House. For more information, contact Julia Brashares at julia@sfparksalliance.org or 415-621-3260. Our next workday is on Saturday, 12/10/2011.

 

 

Captions for Photos:
Robert O’Brien reads the sign illustrated by his son, Liam O’Brien, at the summit of Strawberry Hill.
Red Admiral basking in the sun on Strawberry Hill.

 

 

Join us for SFPA’s Annual Holiday Open House – Friday, Dec 2!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

We at the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) hope you’re having a relaxing start to the holiday season. In the spirit of celebrating, we extend an invitation to you our park advocates and your families to join us on Friday, December 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Hayes Valley office for the SFPA Holiday Open House.

The Details…

Date: Friday, December 2, 2011

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: SFPA Hayes Street Office, 451 Hayes Street, 2nd Floor (b/w Gough and Octavia)

Our staff will be providing desserts and drinks for our guests – we hope you consider bringing along a savory appetizer to share with other park advocates, volunteers, staff and board. We’re proud to be partnering with Community Partners United (CPU) and the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA) for this special Friday evening event. Both CPU and the HVNA will be hosting choral performances in Patricia’s Green, right next door to our building. Come and enjoy great music in our park and then join us at SFPA for community, light snacks and a warm beverage.

Beverages and holiday desserts will be provided so please bring a savory appetizer to share.

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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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 julia@sfparksalliance.org or 415-621-3260 by Thursday, December 8, 2011

For even more information, you can visit ParksPortal.

Photo credit: http://www.golden-gate-park.com/strawberry-hill.html

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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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

Mayoral Forum 2011

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Forum Minutes and Candidate Questionnaires

Minutes and questions submitted for the forum are now available online. Please click here to download. You can also access minutes and supporting documents by going to sfnpc.org/meetingminutes2011.

Each major election for Supervisor or Mayor, NPC develops its “park friendly” ratings of our candidates. This year, NPC has developed several criteria to assess “park friendly” and even “park champion” ratings viagra heart based on answers to our candidate questionnaire and signing a declaration of commitment to recreation and parks

To read more about our “park friendly” ratings and to read your candidates view on parks and open space, check back on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

Complete materials are available below:

Minutes and Questions | Agenda | Candidate Questionnaire | Mayoral Declaration on Parkland

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Join your cheapcialisdosage-norx.com mayoral candidates and learn more about their positions on parks, recreation and open spaces.

This election year, NPC and its partners Walk San Francisco, the San Francisco Parks Trust and Friends of the Urban Forest, will host a mayoral candidate forum that focus specifically on park, recreation, and open space issues. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about each candidate’s knowledge of and positions on these subjects.

Together we can ensure a strong voice for parks and open space will be elected into City Hall. This is the first step to the success of our neighborhood parks. With the help of our dedicated community volunteers San Francisco’s parks are able flourish, but it is with the support of our new Mayor that our parks can continue to thrive!

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From Streets to Parks: Safer, Greener Public Space
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San Francisco Named a “Playful City USA” for Fifth Time

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Making Play a Priority: San Francisco Named a “Playful City USA” for Fifth Time

- Communities Fighting Play Deficit by Implementing Policies to Increase Play Opportunities for Children –

San Francisco – With only 1-in-5 children in the U.S. currently living within walking distance of a park or playground, 151 cities and towns, including San Francisco, earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as 2011 Playful City USA communities for their efforts to increase play opportunities for children. KaBOOM! created the award in 2007 to help local governments ensure their children have the time and space they need to play.

Hailing from 38 states and one territory, the 151 Playful City USA honorees range in size from five-time honorees such as Atlanta and San Francisco to first-time recipient Gypsum, Colorado. These Playful City USA communities are making a commitment to play and physical activity by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community. In doing so, some of the most innovative concepts and cost-effective programs are being developed in Playful free trial viagra sample City USA communities.

San Francisco, the five-time Playful City USA honoree, was recognized for developing its Playground Initiative, which works to ensure all children have safe and engaging play spaces in each neighborhood. The San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council, in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, also developed a Playground Report Card to survey the quality of the playgrounds every two years.

“Advocating for the needs of our youngest park users, who cannot speak up for themselves, is a core part of our work,” said Meredith Thomas, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Parks Council. “Each time our volunteers clean broken glass out of a sand box or paint over splintering wood, we know that we are making San Francisco a chinese herbal viagra better place for kids to grow, learn, and play.”

“We pride ourselves on providing clean, safe and fun park spaces for kids to get out and play,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the Recreation and Park Department. “Our partnerships with other city agencies and community organizations like the Neighborhood Parks Council help us to continually evaluate and improve our parks and facilities so that every kid in our city has a great place to play, learn and explore.”

For more information on the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program visit kaboom.org/playfulcityusa.

About Neighborhood Parks Council

NPC advocates http://genericcialisonline-rxnow.com/ for a superior, equitable and sustainable park and recreation system in San Francisco through community-driven stewardship, education, planning and research. Learn more at sfnpc.org.

About San Francisco’s Playground Initiative:

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

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RPD, the Playground Initiative ensures that playgrounds are valued, protected, and improved citywide.

About San Francisco Recreation and Parks:

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department currently manages more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco, including two outside city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes large, full-service recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, sports fields and numerous small to medium-sized neighborhood parks. Included in the Department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, the Marina Yacht Harbor, Coit Tower, the Palace of Fine Arts and Candlestick Park stadium.

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**Read the USA Today article here: http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20110902/HOME02/110902001/Where-playgrounds-are

Cabrillo Playground Summertime Event

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Saturday, August 27th, 10AM-3PM

Cabrillo Playground (located between 38th & 39th Aves. and Fulton and Cabrillo Sts.) will be renovated next year under the Safe and Clean Neighborhood Parks Bond. The Community Meetings took place in 2010 and the plans are ready.

Come and see the designs for our fabulous new playground! The playground will have an ocean theme with dolphins and turtles to ride, monster sea creatures to vanquish and ships to explore!

We will also have a visit from the San Francisco Fire Department with a Fire Truck to see up close and other fun events.

And if you didn’t know it already, Cabrillo Playground has 128 beautiful dahlias on the 39th Ave. side and they are in bloom and beautiful. There will be a limited number of ready to plant dahlias for

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Update on the Formation of the San Francisco Parks Alliance

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

July 13, 2011

Dear Park Lover,

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 cialis daily dosage 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 viagracanadianpharmacy-norx.com 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. Here is an overview and next steps, cheap viagra online please keep reading.

NPC turns 15 this year. It is absolutely essential to managing an effective, efficient and vibrant non-profit that we step back from the day-to-day every so often and take a broader look at our efforts. As a part of examining our work, our mission, and our role in serving parks and open space in San Francisco, we took a deep look at how we conduct business as a non-profit and at our partners. We spent time talking with the Board and staff of the San Francisco Parks Trust and noticed that over the years, our two organizations began to serve park users in similar ways through programs such as fiscal sponsorship. We also noted that NPC’s vigorous advocacy was leading to a greater philanthropic investment in our parks and SFPT’s philanthropic contributions were leading to more park advocacy. As organizations, we asked ourselves- is there a need to create a new model for serving San Francisco parks and park users? In this depressed economic environment should we do all we can to reduce duplication of efforts and provide a stronger and united voice for parks?

By January of 2011, the Boards and staff of NPC and SFPT concluded that there was merit to the idea of exploring a new organization. We spent more time working with each other to develop a draft vision for a new park organization. We spoke with the Recreation and Park Department and park organization leaders from around the state to float our ideas and seek input.

In February of 2011, I began talking with NPC’s Coalition Steering Committee about how much does viagra cost the notion of joining forces with SFPT not simply as a merger of two organizations, but to form a brand new park-serving organization. The Steering Committee expressed that NPC’s strong connections to every neighborhood in San Francisco and informed advocacy must remain a corner stone of any new effort. They offered their help and guidance to craft the new organization, should we move forward with the idea. The Steering Committee’s feedback was brought to the NPC Board and to the joint working group of NPC and SFPT Board and Executive Directors that was now meeting on a regular basis.

By March of 2011 NPC and

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SFPT released the Green Paper (download it here: http://oldsite.sfnpc.org/feedback/), our joint vision for the new parks organization we now call the San Francisco Parks Alliance. NPC featured the Green viagra men Paper at our Annual Meeting with the Mayor and began to have it on hand at each of our meetings and events since.

In April, NPC and SFPT held a joint stakeholder meeting at SPUR to get feedback on our vision and we worked to continue to refine our plans. We featured the cialis 5 mg idea in our enews and on Facebook, called our elected officials and various city park managers, and continued to use the input sent to us at feedback@sfnpc.org, or by any other means, to build the concept.

In May, bolstered by the broad support we received for this idea, both the NPC and SFPT Boards voted to form a new park-serving organization, the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

On July 12, 2011, at the SFPT Annual Member Meeting, the final endorsement to form the San Francisco Parks Alliance was given.

The mission of the San Francisco Parks Alliance is to inspire and promote civic engagement and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco parks and green open spaces.

The Parks Alliance will launch this fall, and I would like your help. Please read the Green Paper, please send us your ideas, hopes, concerns, and dreams to feedback@sfnpc.org or by calling our office at 415-621-3260. We will provide regular updates on our website, buy generic viagra canada http://oldsite.sfnpc.org/.

In order to craft an organization that I believe will become a national model we will need to build upon the strong community support both organizations bring viagra buy bangkok to our efforts. Please stay tuned and stay connected.

Thank you for your dedication to our parks and to NPC. I look forward to jumping into this new adventure with you!

For our parks,

 

Meredith Thomas
Executive Director
Neighborhood Parks Council

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