Meeting Minutes 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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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

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

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

70 State Parks At Risk

Monday, May 16th, 2011

5.13.2011:  On May 13th the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) released a list of 70 state parks that will be permanently closed to the public as a direct result of the $22 million budget cut enacted by Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature earlier this year.  San Francisco’s Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is among those slated to be closed.

Although closure lists have been released in the past in response to previous budget cut proposals, this is the first time in the 100 year history of California’s state park system that state park closures will be implemented.

Permanent park closures will begin this September.  The full list of park closures is devastatingly long and includes 40% of all state historic parks in CA.

At this juncture, no one knows what the closure of a park will mean to park users. We can only assume that it could include limited accessibility to the public, the absence of staff, closed camp sites.  Further, there could be an extreme side of closures that could include fines for persons using the site when closed.

This unprecedented plan will close the doors to 25% of California’s state park system and will impact all regions of our state. As you know, park closures will have very real impacts on the people of California, the resources our parks protect and our economy.

Please join us and the California State Parks Foundation today to send a letter to your legislators and the governor opposing these closures and showing your continued support for California’s state parks. Your action is urgently needed, as policymakers will be making additional decisions in the next weeks about the state park budget that may have further impacts to our state parks.

For detailed information, please go to the California State Parks Foundation ( or the Save our State Parks website ( Check back often for updates to our state parks in the news below.

State Parks in the News

05.29.11   California state park closures: Even parks that remain open are in bad shape [Southern California Public Radio]

05.30.11  California Governor’s Plan to Shut State Parks Foiled by Federal Funding [Fox News]

Candlestick Point State Park is among one of the sites receiving federal support through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. By being part of this program, the closure of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and 15 other parks is on hold.

06.02.11  CSPF Sponsored Park Legislation Moves Forward, Save the Date:  June 21 at the Capitol [California State Parks Foundation]

06.17.11  California Puts Brake on Parks:  Budget Cuts Lead to Sweeping Closures, Reduction in Services in Nation’s Largest State System [Wall Street Journal]

To read more about parks in the news, please go here.

2011 Annual Meeting with the Mayor

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

On March 22nd, NPC convened a park stakeholders meeting with the Mayor, the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) General Manager, and RPD Commissioners to review the current state of our parks as well as the outlook for the year ahead. We addressed improvements to the system as well as current challenges. This annual meeting was an opportunity for our coalition of park groups to ask the Mayor and RPD important park questions and to hear from the Mayor and his staff about the year ahead. NPC also presented key issues that reflected feedback received from our coalition.Mayor Lee and Meredith Thomas

At the Meeting with the Mayor we announced our next coalition meeting to be held on April 14th. Find out more here.

Meeting minutes and other materials are posted at

Thanks to our friends at Arizmendi Bakery and Mojo Cafe for their donations of pastries and coffee!

West Sunset Playground Renovated

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

September 1, 2011: Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Ortega Branch Library and the West Sunset Playground (38th & Ortega).

Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the plaza with musical entertainment from San Francisco Beacon Center, Rec Connect and others.

Speeches begin at 11 a.m. with San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Recreation and Park GM Phil Ginsburg, Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Neru, Neighborhood Parks Council Executive Director Meredith Thomas, Friends of West Sunset Playground, and other officials. There will be an official ribbon cutting and a lion dance performance by the Jing Mo Athletic Association.

Library access will begin at 12 noon and continue to 6 p.m.

Help us welcome back these neighborhood treasures!

February 8, 2011: The old West Sunset playground was demolished today. This means that the playground is on itOld West Sunset Playground Demolitions way to being rebuilt into the safe and inviting playground that NPC’s fiscal group Friends of West Sunset Playground and district 4 Supervisor Chu have been working so hard for these past few years!!

Construction is slated to take place over the next 5-6 months.

Rec & Park Department News: Dec 2010

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Budget Planning for Fiscal Year 2011-2012

The Recreation and Park Department must follow specific budgeting instructions from the Mayor’s Budget Office each fiscal year. The Department’s initial budget proposal for fiscal year 2011-2012 is due

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on February 22, 2011. At this time, the Department will need to propose how it plans to achieve a General Fund reduction of approximately $6.79 million over the course of next year.Park View

In late December, the Department offered the Mayor $660,000 in salary savings (unfilled positions) to meet the current year target. The Department then must prepare a 10% reduction in General Fund support to the Mayor’s Office and an additional 10% reduction as a contingency. Once the Mayor accepts this mid-year reduction, the base budget reduction that the department must submit to the Mayor’s Budget Office in February will be reduced from $2.64 million to $1.98 million, the required 10% reduction. It is unknown if the Mayor’s Office will choose to use the additional 10% reduction contingency or not. The department will begin to meet with staff, stakeholders and the community in January to solicit input, feedback and suggestions for its budget proposal.

  • Click here to view the budget memo Katie Petrucione, Director of Administration and Finance, submitted to the Commission on December 8, 2010 that describes the upcoming budget process in more detail.
  • Click here to see RPD’s budget presentation from January 19, 2011.

RPD cialis price online Commission Schedule Changes Effective Now

Click here to see the new schedule.

Clubhouses Update from Rec & Park

On November 20 General Manager Phil Ginsburg posted the following post on the SFRPD blog regarding clubhouses (The Neighborhood Clubhouse Conundrum).

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.

Meeting Minutes 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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


11.16.10 McLaren Bike Park Community Meeting | Minutes

11.10.10 Garfield Square Park Follow-up Community Meeting | Minutes | Flyer | Agenda


10.30.10 Park Town Hall | Minutes | Audio |Flyer | Agenda | Web-survey | PDF-survey

10.20.10 Muriel Leff Mini Park Community Meeting | Minutes | Flyer

10.13.10 District 10 City Parks Forum with Supervisor Candidates | Minutes | Flyer

10.12.10 District 8 City Parks Forum with Supervisor Candidates | Minues| Flyer

10.7.10 District 6 City Parks Forum with Supervisor Candidates | Minutes | Flyer | SFGTV Video

10.5.10 District 2 City Parks Forum with Supervisor Candidates | Minutes | Flyer | Photos


9.29.2010 Garfield Square Park Community Meeting | Minutes (English) | Minutes (Espanol) | Flyer | Photos

9.28.2010 Noe Valley Town Square Community Meeting | Minutes | Presentation

9.27.2010 Dolores Park Vendors Community Meeting | Minutes

9.8.2010 District 4 City Parks Forum with Carmen Chu | Minutes | Flyer | Photos

9.1.2010 Dolores Park Community Meeting | Minutes


8.25.2010 South Sunset Playground Community Meeting | Minutes | Flyer


7.15.2010 Noe Valley Town Square Community Meeting #1 | Minutes


6.24.2010 NPC’s Annual Park Group Meeting with the Mayor | Minutes | Agenda|


4.29.2010 NPC Coalition Meeting on Park Safety | Minutes |

Boeddeker Park Received $4M in Prop. 84/AB31 Funds

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Boeddeker Park was one of the recipients of the State Prop. 84/AB31 park grants in the amount of $4 Million for the renovation of the park. The SF Recreation and Park Department in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) applied in February 2010 for funding to renovate the park as part of the Assembly Bill 31 legislation that provides money from the Prop. 84 bond funds for parks in under-served communities with little park space.

The Friends of Boeddeker Park are still waiting to hear in early December whether they receive two more grants from other sources: $500,000 for green features at the park such as rainwater capture, and $200,000 for stewardship. The overall park renovation could start in April 2011 if all funds are secured.