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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

Marina Yacht Harbor Renovation Begins

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

A throng of boaters and city officials, including District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell and former District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, was on hand on Wednesday, June 8, to celebrate the start of a $25 million renovation of the San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor’s west basin.  Salvageable wood from the old docks will be donated to the Crescent City (Calif.) Harbor, which was destroyed by tsunamis generated by the 9.0 earthquake in Japan in March.  Renovations in the West Harbor include:

  • Two new breakwater segments
  • Removal of one breakwater structure (mole) near the foot of Scott Street
  • Reconstruction of portions of the degraded riprap slopes around the interior shorelines
  • Replacement and reconfiguration of the floating docks and slips
  • Renovation of existing pump-out facility
  • Construction of a guest dock and hand boat launch
  • Maintenance dredging
  • Code upgrades to the harbor office, restrooms and boater showers
  • Landscaping, site and public access improvements

For more information on the renovation, click here.

Duboce Park Update 6.9.2011

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

June Update from Friends of Duboce Park:

A huge tree at the corner of Steiner Street and Duboce Avenue fell onto Noe Street on Saturday, May 7 at about 1 p.m. Another large tree fell two weeks later. There were no injuries in either incident and some damage to a few cars on Noe Street on May 7.

The whole root system came out of the ground on May 7 which allowed Recreation and Park officials to conduct a full inspection. Neighbors wondered if there was any chance of another tree falling. Here is report that Eric Andersen, Park Services Manager for our area, made after the first event:
“I consulted with Rec and Park’s chief arborist, Kelly Cornell, on the recent tree failure at Duboce Park. The chief arborist and I both were on site the day that the Monterey Cypress was uprooted and were able to inspect the situation. RPD’s arborist crew performed the cleanup buy cialis in uk online operation that day. We observed no apparent structural defects in the tree that could have been considered causal factors. The tree cialis online dubai was completely uprooted that day due to strong wind conditions. The chief arborist observed that the root system appeared to be quite healthy.”

“The canopy of the tree has always appeared to be quite healthy, with no apparent signs of disease, above or below ground. I also noted that the soil profile was quite dry in the area. The recent warm, dry weather had led to fairly dry soil conditions throughout the park. Wet soil conditions do not appear to have been a cause for the failure of the tree.
In short, the tree appears to have been quite healthy. We were unable to note any readily identifiable causal factors other than the weather conditions. I would note

that wind conditions that day were quite extreme. There were at least a few trees downed throughout the city.”

Then, on May 20, another huge tree fell near the Potomac Street entrance to the park. Supervisor Wiener was aware of these events and asked Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg to investigate. Another full review of all of the trees in the park was done a few days later. Here is a brief statement from Eric Andersen:
“Do to two recent tree failures, Rec and Park carried out a hazard inspection of the trees in Duboce Park. The main causal factor in the recent loss of trees appears to be a period of prolonged viagra i doser review high winds. The trees that fell were in otherwise healthy condition, with no major structural flaws. The recent inspection revealed that the majority of trees in the park are in good condition, although purchase cialis with paypal most require some degree of routine maintenance. The inspection found several trees that are a higher priority for pruning or removal. None of these trees were considered to present canadian approved pharmacy an immediate hazard. A more detailed report will be available shortly.”

Golden Gate Parks’ Murphy Windmill Renovation

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Through the next month, the 105-year-old Murphy Windmill will be going through construction to add three floors atop the old stub. Murphy Windmill is located at the west side of Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach and was initially built to pump water that irrigated the park, but after years of neglect, the windmill fell into disrepair. However, if all goes according to plan, the Holland cap and blades from the will be ready for assembly as early as mid-August.

For about 10 years Campaign to Save the Golden Gate Park Windmills has worked with The City to raise about $4 million for the restoration of the windmill.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner.

Sunday Streets in the Southeast!

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Join the Neighborhood Parks Council,

Sunday, June 12th, 11am-4pm for

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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.

Nancy Gonzalez Madynski, Chair
PHONE: 828-5772

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

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.

Dolores Park Winter Meet-up for 2011

Monday, April 11th, 2011

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The event has been captured here.