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November 2011 Sharp Park Update

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

11.27.11 Update: New legislation proposed to amend park code regarding Sharp

Park management

A piece of legislation introduced by Supervisor John Avalos that would amend the Park Code regarding the management of Sharp Park will be heard by

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the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee of the Board of Supervisors on Monday, December 5th at 10am in Room 250 at City Hall- Agendas and details HERE:

The legislation can be viewed HERE and reads in part, “Ordinance amending Section 3.20 of the San Francisco Park Code 1) requiring the Recreation and Park Department to offer a long term management agreement to the National Park Service for certain property under the jurisdictions of the Recreation and Park Commission located in San Mateo County that is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s legislative boundary (” Sharp Park”); and 2) making environmental and other findings.”

The San Francisco Parks Alliance has not taken a position on this legislation. For more about the policy process of the SFPA, Click HERE.

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:

As always, Linden Living Alley appreciates your support

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

Meeting Minutes 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Check this page often for park and open space related meeting buy cialis for cheap minutes. If you would like us to post minutes from your park meeting, email a PDF to


11.2.2011 Rincon Hill Dog Park Community Group | Minutes

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10.26.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative | Agenda | Minutes

10.24.2011 Friends of Waterfront Park Playground | Flier


9.21.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative Meeting | Agenda | Minutes

9.14.2011 Crocker Amazon Park Advisory Board | Minutes | Crocker Activities | Facility Schedule by Room

9.12.2011 Mayoral Forum: Safer, Greener Public Space | Minutes & Questions | Mayoral Declaration | Candidate Questionnaire | Agenda


7.25.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative Meeting | Minutes


6.29.2011 Park Town Hall | Flier | Agenda

6.15.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative Meeting | Agenda


5.3.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative, Fourth Meeting | Flyer | Agenda | Minutes


4.26.2011 Silver Terrace Park Meeting | Agenda

4.14.2011 Joint NPC Coalition and SFPT Stakeholder Meeting | Flier | Agenda | Presentation | Give Feedback | Minutes

4.5.2011 Silver Terrace Park Community Meeting | Flier (English/Spanish) | Flier (Eng/Chinese) | Agenda | Minutes


3.30.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative, Third Meeting | Flier | Agenda | Minutes
Recommended Reading: Draft McLaren Park Needs Assessment | Appendices: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H

3.22.2011 Annual Park Group Meeting with the Mayor | Agenda | Minutes | Matrix Handout | Photos | Coalition Meeting Flyer | Answers to Questions Submitted

3.7.2011 Silver Terrace Park Community Meeting | Flier (English/Spanish) | Flyer (Chinese/English) | Agenda | Minutes


2.23.11 McLaren Park Collaborative, Second Meeting | Flyer | Agenda | Minutes

2.12.11 Friends of Garfield Square Park Meeting | Agenda | Minutes

2.8.11 Muriel Leff clinical pharmacy courses in canada Mini Park Meeting | Flyer | Minutes | Park Map

2.2.11 Noe Valley Town Square Meeting #3 | Presentation| where is the best place to buy viagra online Questionnaire | Design 1: Front Square | Design 2: Garden in the Square | Design 3: Great Room | Design 4: Not So Square


1.31.11 Friends of the AMP (Amphiteater at McLaren Park) Meeting | Minutes

1.29.11 Park Town Hall | Flyer | Agenda | Minutes | Park User Survey

1.19.11 McLaren Park Collaborative, First Meeting | Flyer | Agenda | Minutes | McLaren Park Master Plan (1997)

For a listing of meeting minutes in 2010, please go to

Rec & Park Department News: October 2011

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

This month, in addition to announcing this year’s Scaregrove in Stern Grove, RPD wanted to take time careplus pharmacy to thank three individuals from the Rec and

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Park family who have really made a difference in our parks over the years, who exemplify the type of employee every city park department across the country would love to have. We’ve been lucky to have all three gardeners serve our city parks for a combined 83 years– Joe Faulkner, Terry McDevitt and Carter Church.

Joe Faulkner retires after 38 years with the city, a career that began in 1973 – only one year before his father Charlie retired from the City in 1974. Together, Joe and his father represent over 76 years of continuous family history working for the City.

As a kid, Joe worked at Harding Park, picking up golf balls at the driving range for golf pro Joey Rey. Joe is an accomplished golfer in his own right, playing in 40 San Francisco City Golf Tournaments. He is a two-time Harding Park Men’s Club champion, and Joe and his son Daniel are two-time Family Golf Tournament champions, held annually at the Golden Gate Park Golf Course.

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In 1980 Joe received a Bachelor of Arts degree in recreation from San Francisco State University. He was a gardener at Lincoln Park for 11 years and has taken care of the Golden Gate Park Golf Course for the past 17 years, keeping it maintained at a high level and even enduring a much-publicized vandalism incident at the course in 2010.

Joe has also worked at Harding Park for the American Express Tournament in 2005 and for the Charles Schwab Cup in 2010, two flagship events that have helped make San Francisco a world-renowned golfing destination.

Joe is married to his beautiful wife Carol and together they have three children, Michael, Daniel and Kelly. Joe is looking forward to retirement, playing golf, staying involved in the golf community and traveling with his wife.


Terry McDevitt is also retiring and has worked for the department for more than 40 years, or as his friend and supervisor Robert Sheets says, since the dawn of time.

Terry first worked as a temp worker along Ocean Beach, cleaning bathrooms, but soon got permanent status as a gardener working in Golden Gate Park’s East End, where he was credited with several improvements to the area.

Terry has also worked at Stern Grove and has spent the last 17 years working at West Sunset Playground, where he has excelled as a groundskeeper, caring for the popular and heavily used soccer fields and ball diamonds. While he started with two other gardeners at West Sunset, staff attrition soon left him there on his own, however, the quality of the park never suffered. To this date, Terry’s diamonds are some of the most requested and least complained about fields in the system.

At one point in his career, Terry took voice lessons to become a DJ. Although he wasn’t cut out for the job, he soon became articulate in the verbal arts. The nickname “Silver Tongue” still follows him genericviagra100mg-quality to this day as he’s often found at public meetings participating in discussions on park issues. Terry also continues to be active in Local 261, where he is a shop steward.

As an employee, Terry is a supervisor’s dream, often taking care of issues before his supervisor even talks to him about them. According to Robert, a typical conversation between him and Terry goes like this:

Robert: “Hey, Terry. Just got a call. We have a line break at West….”

Terry: “Already dug it out and called the plumbers…”

Robert: “Okay…see you at lunch.”


Carter Church has worked for the department for a little over five years. He first worked in the Mission under Adrian Field and then transferred to Section Two in Golden Gate Park, where he was responsible for the Shakespeare Garden and one-third of the Japanese Tea Garden.

While working for the department he personally pursued additional academic status on his own time, elevating his own skills and of those around him by forwarding on whatever he had just learned.

His supervisor, James McCormick recently said, “Every gardener is a painter of the landscape. Some people like chaos and color, others prefer sharp lines, symmetrical angles and clutter, while more desire order and method. Carter’s character and eye were of warmth, patience, and strategy; his personal style brought sensitivity and intelligence to his beats and to his crew. He made everyone want to come to work, because he was never just a coworker but a friend as well. We all miss and love you in Section Two.”

Last month, Food & Wine Magazine, a national publication, named the Shakespeare Garden as one of the nation’s top picnic spots, an honor that is a direct result of Carter’s hard work and passion.

Although Joe, Terry and Carter won’t be part of the everyday dealings at Rec and Park anymore, they’ll always be part of our Rec and Park family and always have a special place in my heart.
Scaregrove Returns to Stern Grove!

It’s a Halloween event for the entire family! Featuring a haunted house, hay rides, arts & crafts, giant inflatables, and carnival rides.

Date: 10/28/2011
Time: 4:00 PM -9:00 PM
Fee: $8 per person for all-access pass
Location: Stern Grove
Address: Sloat at 19th Avenue | San Francisco CA 94116
Ages: Family

Go To: or download the flier for more details!

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 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 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!
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 and planning for building a new 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.

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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to ensure neighborhood parks are clean, safe and fun.

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

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:, 9/16/2011

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

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


Join your 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!

NPC is excited to be collaborating with the San Francisco Parks Trust, Friends of the Urban Forest and Walk San Francisco for a discussion with the candidates for mayor about our public open space.

From Streets to Parks: Safer, Greener Public Space
A forum with San Francisco Mayoral Candidates

Monday, September 12, 2011
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455 Golden Gate, Milton Marks Auditorium

Rec & Park Department News: September 2011

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Provided by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.


Camp Mather Teen Week

Last week, in partnership with the city’s Juvenile Probation Department, the San Francisco Police Department and four community organizations including Chinatown Youth Center, Brothers Against Guns, Community Response Network and Mission Neighborhood Center, we hosted 38 teens from the city up at Camp Mather.

This is the first time we’ve run a program like this at Camp Mather, which has traditionally served families and seniors, and it was a great opportunity to share a unique experience with some kids who had never seen Camp Mather or the High Sierras.


The group enjoyed a variety of activities, including hiking, swimming, sports, navigation, team-building exercises and a talent show.

This was a great example of our city coming together and I want to especially thank Mayor Ed Lee for his leadership and helping to ensure that this event was possible.


Summer and Fall programs

We completed another successful summer at Rec and Park last month.  The countless positive comments we’ve received about our programs and staff are a true testament to the importance of our programs.  This summer, we had 16,000 registrants in summer day camps and aftercare programs.

Fall registration is going on now.  In the first weekend of registration we registered over 4,000 people and brought in over $200K in the first three hours alone, both records.

Our Youth Scholarship Program continues to provide rec opportunities to families across the city. This summer, 2,200 kids received scholarships for our camps.


Crocker Amazon Bocce Courts Reopen

Mayor Ed Lee joined us last month in cutting the ribbon on the newly improved bocce ball courts at Crocker Amazon Park.  The event was part of a National Night Out event at the park, hosted by the San Francisco Police Department and the Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association.

The improvements to the sheltered court area include exterior perimeter wind screens, roof repairs, new gutters, waterproofing of back retaining wall, new service counter, sink and storage cabinet, exterior and interior painting and upgraded electrical system.  Site improvements include new perimeter fencing, relocation of the portable toilet, installation of new water line, a new accessible second means of egress to Moscow Street, removal of barriers for accessibility and new water conservation irrigation system and drought tolerant planting at adjacent landscape area.

Initial project funding was provided through a $100,000 add-back from the Board of Supervisors to the Public Utilities Commission; funds were then transferred to SF Recreation and Parks to implement the improvements.

According the United States Bocce Federation, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world behind soccer and golf.  There are 25 million bocce players throughout the United States alone.


Capital Update

In the next few months, we’ll celebrate the completion of a number of capital projects in parks across the city, including renovations at West Sunset Playground, Sue Bierman Park, McCoppin Square and the Park Aid Station in Golden Gate Park.

Over the last ten years, our Department has delivered on over $500 million in capital projects across the city, revitalizing communities and beginning to rejuvenate an aging park system with an infrastructure that dates back to the 1950s.

Because we value the trust San Francisco voters have placed in us through two bond measures, and thanks to the continued support and advocacy from organizations like the Neighborhood Parks Council, we are confident in the work we are doing to address the more than $1 billion in capital improvements our park system still needs.

I am proud to report that all of our current projects under the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond are on budget as we continue to navigate a complex regulatory and political system and prioritize community input and feedback on critical planning issues. These important renovations must last us another 50 or 100 years and taking the time now to do them right is ultimately more important than doing them fast.

San Francisco deserves a world class park system and even when this round of bond projects are completed, over a billion dollars of capital needs will still exist.  When it comes time to decide on future park bond measures, we trust voters will look to more than just our speed, but rather the quality of our work, the integrity of our effort and the importance of the endeavor for future generations of San Francisco park users.