Park Successes


Park Maintenance Standards Six Month Report FY 2011-12

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The Controller’s viagra shops in singapore Office has issued the San Francisco Park Maintenance
Standards Six Month Report FY 2011-12. Citywide, the average mid-year park
score was 90.6 percent, an increase compared to both last year and all
prior years. Average scores in all supervisorial districts were at least 85
percent for the first time since the park evaluation program began in FY
2005-06. Last year’s two lowest scoring districts both saw substantial
increases and scores in district 11 increased by 5.6 percent, more than any
other district. Of the 21 parks scoring below 80 percent in FY 2010-11, all
but one showed improvement.

The Controller’s Office would like to thank the staff retail cost of viagra of rimadyl for dogs canadian pharmacy the Recreation cialis 20 mg and
Parks Department for their cooperation on the Park Maintenance Standards
Program.

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To view the full report, please visit our website at:
http://co.sfgov.org/webreports/details.aspx?id=1401

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http://www.sfcontroller.org/) under the News & Events section.

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

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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

Tai Chi at Boeddeker Park 2011

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The Boeddeker Tai Chi class this Summer started off extremely well.

On June 16th there were over a dozen students.  One student, a local neighbor, said she has waited for 20 years to start Tai Chi and now can do it weekly at Boeddeker Park.

For more information visit Friends of Boeddker Park at http://sites.google.com/site/friendsofboeddekerpark/.

Inprovements celebrated at Gene Friend Recreation Center

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

On May 12, the city celebrated recent improvements to the weight room and sports court at Gene Friend Recreation Center in the South of Market neighborhood, thanks to a generous donation from the Friend Family.  Gene Friend Recreation Center is named in honor of the late Eugene Friend, a longtime activist and Recreation and Park Commissioner.  The recreation center is used by a variety of students and residents in SoMa, where open space is extremely limited.

Dolores Park Playground’s Construction Begins

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The Friends of Dolores Park Playground in partnership with the Neighborhood Parks Council and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, are very pleased to announce that on April 21, 2011 the Recreation and Parks Commission awarded Bauman Landscape & Construction the contract to renovate the playground in Mission Dolores Park.

“This is a very exciting milestone, which means we are on the brink of realizing our  goal of creating a world-class playground at Dolores Park”, said Nancy  Gonzalez Madynski, Chair of the Friends of Dolores Park Playground.  The design for the new playground was developed with extensive input from the community.  The playground will have several unique and exciting features, including: a central play mound, that will have an ADA accessible suspension bridge, built-in slide and climbing nets; a custom-made ship wrecked boat; and a 36’ super slide built into the hillside behind the playground.

The new playground will be named the Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park in recognition of $1.5 million donation to the project from the Mercer Fund, a donor-advised fund of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation.  Mrs. Diller and her family are long-time residents of the San Francisco Bay Area who are committed to the advancement of the education, science and the arts. “We had a couple of overarching goals – first, to create a truly unique, artisan playground and second, to help keep families living in and enjoying San Francisco”, said Jackie Safier, Helen Diller’s daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are thrilled to announce that on June 8th, 2011 we broke ground. Completion of the new Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park is projected for next Spring. The estimated completion date is February 2012.  During construction, the playground will not be open for public use, but the rest of the park will be unaffected.

CONTACT:
Nancy Gonzalez Madynski, Chair
PHONE: 828-5772
friendsofdolorespark@gmail.com
www.friendsofdolorespark.org

Groundbreaking commences at Mission Playground

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

On May 11, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener joined Susan Hirsch of the City Fields Foundation, DPW director Ed Reisken, RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg and kids from 826 Valencia in celebrating the start of a $7.5 million renovation at Mission Playground,  which will include remodeling the old and worn-down clubhouse for seismic safety and increased natural light, resurfacing the busy tennis and basketball courts, replanting a lawn, installing new children’s play equipment, improving park accessibility and safety, and replacing the old, asphalt soccer field with a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field.

“The importance of parks and open space cannot be underscored in densely populated neighborhoods like the Mission,” said Supervisor Wiener.  “Today is an important step forward as we continue to try to provide the world-class park amenities our residents need and desire.”

The project is expected to be completed in summer 2012.

Contact: Patrick Hannan, City Fields Foundation
Phone: (415) 837-5403
E-Mail: patrick@cityfieldsfoundation.org

Fallen Bridge Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, April 25th, 2011

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egg hunts throughout our city. One of those many egg hunts was successfully executed by a fiscally sponsored group of ours–Friends of Fallen Bridge Mini Park.

To view this event in full, go here for video clips of the egg hunt.

Washington Square Tree Management Update 2011

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

February 2011: The implementation of the 2008

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HortScience tree management plan commissioned by Friends of Washington Square, began in January with the long over-due pruning of the stand of Italian Stone Pines along Stockton Street. One pine that was determined to be vulnerable to failure, causing a potential safety hazard was removed.

It is hoped the pruning will not only extend the life span of these pines, but also reduce the likely-hood of future limb failure. Replacement species for the lost pines are currently being explored with the Friends’ arborist, landscape architect, Friends of the Urban Forest and with the Recreation and Park Department staff.

The next phase of the tree management plan, will be the removal and replacement of several small, unhealthy trees in the Square. In February, the Recreation and Park Department will plant 7 new replacement trees.

The department and Friends of Washington Square, will co-host a planting dedication during Chinese New Year celebrations (between Feb 3 and 20). Check www.friendsofwashingtonsquare.com for the event date and details.

Friends and the Department are dedicated to following general design concepts for the Square’s trees as formalized in the planting plan created by landscape architect Doug Baylis in 1957.

Friends of Washington Square received a tree planting grant from California ReLeaf to help fund replacement trees and to support community outreach and education regarding the trees in the historic, landmarked Square. The Department has provided matching support for the removals and replacements. Friends of the Urban Forest continues to donate their expertise, assisting the Friends in locating and designating replacement trees.

Submitted by:

Ken Maley
Friends of Washington Square
Tree Management Committee

Friends of Kimbell Birthday Party and Renovation Planning Meeting

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Kimbell Park will soon be renovated using 2008 Bond funding. Don’t miss your chance to help design the new playground and lawn areas. This renovation will build upon the playfield project that was completed this year and made possible by the City Fields Foundation.

Have questions about the upcoming renovations to Kimbell Park? Have thoughts, concerns, or ideas you would like to share with the project team? Want to learn more about the capital project process? Want to know how you can get involved? Please join us in the first in a series of Public Meetings and share your ideas for a newly renovated Kimbell Park. Your input is very important! Pass the word around!

We will also be celebrating the 2nd birthday of Friends of Kimbell Park! Join us!

Saturday, January 8, 2011 | View Flyer

9:30 AM –10:00 AM Friends of Kimbell Birthday Celebration with FREE FOOD

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Community Planning Meeting

12:00 PM Birthday Cake!

LOCATION: Hamilton Recreation Center 1900 Geary Boulevard, SAN FRANCISCO

For additional information, please contact Project Manager Dan Mauer at 415.581.2542 or Dan.Mauer@sfgov.org or visit http://kimbellpark.weebly.com/.

Round 1 Community Opportunity Fund Projects Selected

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
McLaren Park Peru Play Area

McLaren Park Peru Play Area

On December 2nd, members of the Recreation and Park Commission voted to accept the Community Opportunity Fund (COF) Project Selection Committee’s recommendations, pending environmental review, to approve design and fund projects. The Recreation and Park Department received 16 COF applications totaling $1.56 million in requests for this initial $500k ($350k Custom/$150k) round. The following were approved by the Commission:

  • Precita Park
    As a Menu project, this request for $24,450 includes improvements to playground equipment elements, playground surfacing, asphalt paths, and site furnishing.
  • John McLaren Park – Jerry Garcia Amphitheater
    As a Menu project, this $25,000 request to fund Informational/directional signage and kiosks will reinforce the identity of the Amphitheater and improve safety by providing improved wayfinding in McLaren Park.
  • John McLaren Park – Peru St. Playground
    This $239,182 request will replace a vacant playground space with a new playground and ADA- compliant route to playground. The project includes play equipment, rubber play surface, new site furnishing, paving, and drainage. The applicant worked with a volunteer landscape architect and convened several community meetings to develop the plans for the new playground design.
  • Geneva Community Garden
    A $234,764 request, this project funds the Phase 1 construction of the garden and improvements include: demolition, grading/drainage, paving, 21 community garden planters, and new fencing.
  • Sutro Dunes Natural Area
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    benches and boardwalk extensions to accommodate the benches. The funding request for these improvements is $12,600.

  • Panhandle Park
    This project will have a significant impact on the area near the playground on the Panhandle. Proposed improvements include paving, planting, grading/drainage, and the installation of bike racks and seating. The funding request for this project is $88,920.
  • Pioneer Park
    This $35,000 addresses safety and maintenance concerns at the base of Coit Tower. The project scope includes a new section of fence and new lighting.

Click here to view the COF materials submitted to the Commission.

Background / Description:

As one of the citywide programs of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the Community Opportunity Fund (COF) program is a $5 million capital program that allows residents, neighborhood groups, and park advocates to initiate capital improvements in their parks by matching public funding with other private gifts and grants. In the six months since the Recreation and Park Commission approved the program guidelines, staff has managed the first round of program outreach, communication with applicants, selection and convening of the Project Selection Committee, and documentation of the Committee’s recommendations for project selection. Read more here.