Programs


Corbett Slope

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

For generations, “Corbett Slope has been the central open space in the Corbett Heights neighborhood,” says Gary Weiss, Corbett Heights resident and leader of the Corbett Heights Neighbors (CHN) group. In its cost of viagra in canada heyday the slope was once used for community gatherings, barbecues, garage sales and garden workdays.

In May of 2004, the Board of Supervisors declared the property located at 341 Corbett Street as surplus, and the parcel was transferred to the pharmacy programs at canadian universities Mayor’s Office of Housing. For almost a decade, Corbett Heights Slope has been fenced off and inaccessible to the community. “For the last few years, the Corbett Heights Neighbors have worked to find a way to protect it as a park and community garden,” says Weiss.

On January 10, 2012, the Board of Supervisors supported the efforts of CHN by passing Supervisor Weiner’s legislation to have Corbett Slope transferred to the Department of Public Works (DPW) allowing the Corbett Heights neighborhood to create a park and community garden on Corbett Slope. DPW, in partnership with San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA), manages and implements the Street Parks program. The Street Parks program supports the development and maintenance of community-managed open spaces on DPW-owned properties. Through the Street Parks program, DPW and SFPA work with residents to transform vacant underutilized lots into vibrant community gardens.

Supervisor Wiener commented in bayer cialis his monthly newsletter, “Our neighborhood open space is precious, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. This legislation will prevent that from happening.” This legislation is generic cialis online mastercard a tremendous victory for CHN and the Corbett Heights neighborhood. Corbett Slope is located between generic cialis online pharmacy 315 and 341 Corbett Street, between Mars and Clayton. Volunteer workdays are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Please generic cialis contact gary@cobettheights.org for more information.

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.

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: http://lindenlivingalley.wordpress.com

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 council@sfnpc.org.

November

11.2.2011 Rincon Hill Dog Park Community Group | Minutes

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October

10.26.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative | Agenda | Minutes

10.24.2011 Friends of Waterfront Park Playground | Flier

September

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

July

7.25.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative Meeting | Minutes

June

6.29.2011 Park Town Hall | Flier | Agenda

6.15.2011 McLaren Park Collaborative Meeting | Agenda

May

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

April

4.26.2011 Silver Terrace Park Meeting | Agenda

4.14.2011 http://canadianpharmacy4bestlife.com/ 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

March

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

February

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

January

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 sfnpc.org/meetingminutes2010.

SFPA Launched Partnership with RPD and Labors 261

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Over the past 15 years Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC), now the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) has proudly partnered with the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) to foster community stewardship of local parks of all sizes. San Francisco’s park system boasts over 225 parks that are nestled into the many dense neighborhoods around the city. The engagement curriculum is a program that builds upon SFPA’s successful park volunteer engagement techniques as well as the horticulture expertise of RPD’s gardener apprentices in order to help revitalize seven parks in six of San Francisco’s eleven supervisor districts..

SFPA’s Volunteer Engagement Curriculum works in conjunction with the RPD Gardener Apprentice Program (GAP) and is a collaboration between SFPA, Laborers’ Local 261 and RPD Operation and Volunteer offices. SFPA is responsible for organizing community volunteers to work with apprentices who supervise workdays and use their gardening expertise to create park work plans. Through workdays and community events, volunteers work alongside newly recruited gardener apprentices to improve parks in need of additional maintenance and beautification.

The Gardener Apprentice Program, in conjunction with RPD and SFPA have picked park locations with strong volunteer stewardship at various stages of development. Some parks have a long history of dedicated park advocates, while others sites are developing their park groups and beginning to establish regular park workdays. By having an array of groups represented in the curriculum, the apprentices receive a comprehensive experience that includes working with park stewards, showcasing the positive effect of community stewardship and workforce development in our parks.

Proposed Program Goals

  • Provide regular care and activation of 7 parks throughout San Francisco
  • Supplement the limited resources of RPD by increasing the role of volunteers and ensure neighborhood commitment to the selected parks, which will in turn discourage park misuse such as graffiti and littering.
  • Give increased training to new RPD gardeners by giving them early and frequent exposure to volunteers.
  • Develop a strong community volunteerism curriculum for the apprentices that can be replicable and integrated with the GAP coursework.
  • Showcase the success of the GAP and generate positive publicity.

Next Steps

SFPA is kicking-off the program by hosting apprentice-led volunteer workdays at sites throughout November and December 2011, peak times where volunteers want to give back to their communities. For all workdays SFPA will partner with existing neighborhood groups, such

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as neighborhood associations and community-based organizations, to leverage existing groups of community-minded individuals. SFPA would then conduct further neighborhood outreach through our networks to identify additional volunteer support.

2011 Schedule

Date Site Supervisor/ District Flier / Join us!
Sat, November 19 | 9am – Noon Laurel Hill Playground Farrell | 2 | Laurel Heights Flier / Email
Sat, November 19 | 1pm – 4pm Franklin Square Park Kim | 6 | Potrero Hill Flier / Email
Sat, December 3 | 9am – Noon Crocker Amazon Avalos | 11 | Excelsior Flier / Email
Sat, December 3 | 1pm – 4pm Louis Sutter Roundhouse Cohen | 10 | Portola Flier / Email
Sat, December 10 | 9am – 3pm* Strawberry Hill, Golden Gate Park Mar | 1 | Golden Gate Park Flier / Email
Sat, December 17 | 9am – Noon Garfield Square Park Campos | 9 | Mission Flier / Email
Sat, December 17 | 1pm – 4pm Sgt. John MacCauley Playground Kim | 6 | Tenderloin Flier / Email

* Strawberry Hill will be an extended workday on December 10 from 9am – 3pm. We will be concluding work an hour earlier than other sites and will allow for an hour lunch from noon – 1pm.

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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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

Playground Initiative meets its challenge match!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

THANK YOU!

Earlier this year, we told you that you could help Neighborhood Parks Council improve playgrounds in San Francisco. Your gift to the Playground Initiative allowed NPC to identify and rehabilitate playgrounds in need of attention. For example, volunteers added ten tons of clean playground sand at Herz Playground in Visitacion Valley guaranteeing a safe and sanitary play area for neighborhood children. To read about our other successes, please visit the Playground Initiative Successes page.

Further, your contribution enabled NPC to release its match from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, making our total funds raised $40,000!

To continue to follow NPC’s work on the Playground Initiative, please visit sfnpc.org/programs/playgrounds/ to learn about upcoming events, the Playground Report Card and other playground relevant news.

Once again, on the behalf of the staff and board at NPC and families throughout San Francisco, thank you for your support. We could not have done this without your generosity and dedication to the maintenance and care of our playgrounds.

Gambier Plaza McLaren Park

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Gambier Plaza Fountain 2011Help McLaren Park, a fiscal group of NPC, has been working diligently with the Recreation and Park Department to create a beautiful plaza in McLaren Park. After many volunteer hours and fundraising, Help McLaren Park now has an inviting entrance to their local park.

Visit http://helpmlpark.weebly.com to learn more.