Successes; Fiscal Sponsorship

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.

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 to learn more.

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

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema: Que Viva La Lucha

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Enjoy outdoor screenings?  Well you’re in luck!  Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema is going to screen Que Viva La Lucha on May 3rd, from 7:00PM-8:30PM (doors open at 6:30).  In addition, there will also be a Q & A session Gustavo Vasquez.  Don’t forget to wear your masks!

Successful Earth Day By Dolores Park Works

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Thanks to you, Dolores Park Works (one of our fiscal sponsors) had a successful Earth Day celebration! Here is what they have to say:

We had almost 50 volunteers hit the park with racks, shovels and brooms. Concentrating on the big lawns, in two hours we gathered up a small heap cialis coupon offers of the little bits of the junk that can ruin our beautiful Dolores. There is a lot of deferred maintenance in Dolores Park. Though the Park Department has stepped up their efforts and is now giving Dolores the attention and respect a park of this importance deserves, Dolores still needs a lot more care. The department is understaffed and this old park is hard to maintain best canadian pharmacy under the best of circumstances. A spring day for Dolores sometimes is not the best of circumstances. cialis overdose side effects But by us giving back and spending a few hours picking up trash, reminding our friends viagra cialis combo pack to “take it with you”, or giving a few dollars to viagra dosage and time Dolores Park Works, we are making a real difference.

Duboce Park Community Fundraiser

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Duboce Park Youth Play Area organizers are hosting a Community Fundraising Kickoff event at the generic viagra site on Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Come see plans and pictures of the site and play equipment, ask questions about the project, and do short

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$100,000 is needed to is viagra illegal to possess complete the project. We’ve already received a total of $65,000 in grants, including a $25,000 grant from California Pacific Medical Center, a $30,000 Community Challenge Grant , and a $5,000 grant from San Francisco Beautiful. A goal of raising $25,000 in the community has been set to complement other grants that are being applied for. The conceptual plan was approved by the Recreation and Parks Commission in October, 2009 and the project is now essentially shovel-ready.

Mountain Lake Playground Party 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

On May 1st, one of our amazing fiscal sponsors, Friends of Mountain Lake Playground (FMLP), threw a successful community event!  The purpose of this event was to learn more about the renovation project, meet neighbors, and to get involved in the playground renovation project.  On top of that, light refreshments, music, face painting, and a raffle were all activities the 100-200 people who attended got to enjoy.  FMLP was able to raise about $2000 through the raffle and donations.  This is great news because FMLP’s $1000 matching grant turns out to about $3000!  The great turnout of this event is just the beginning of plenty more to come.

To view the flyer for this event, click here.

Help McLaren Park Continues to Beautify Gambier Plaza

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Help McLaren Park is a volunteer community organization which operates under the auspices of the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC). The group has been working to improve the Gambier St Plaza at Gambier and Burrows for the last two years.

They would like to turn this abandoned play area and worn park entrance into an inviting and warm destination for neighbors, parents, kids, dog walkers and visitors alike. Help McLaren Park envisions a flat surface (possibly decomposed granite) with benches all around, plants and decorations, a unique center piece in the middle and an informational kiosk.

Before Improvements

Before Improvements

April 2011

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.

The MCM Returns April 14th

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Breakdancing at MCMThe Mission Community Market (MCM) is a weekly, outdoor marketplace that celebrates the Mission District’s diversity with fresh foods, local businesses, and youth activities on Bartlett Street (@ 22nd) in the heart of the Mission District. The weekly market serves as a platform for community programming and beautifies public space. It is currently raising funds to re-create San Francisco’s First Mural – hidden inside Mission Dolores for over 200 years.

MCM is currently seeking volunteers and applying for streetscape improvement funding. MCM takes place Thursdays from 4-8pm on Bartlett Street, between 21st and 22nd, in the Mission.

Winter break is almost over! MCM comes back with more vendors, more activities and more fun April 14th!

Check out our proposal to re-create San Francisco’s Oldest Mural right on Bartlett!!