Current Workdays; Playground Initiative


Bernal Heights Playground 2011 Event

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Please join us for our upcoming Playground Initiative workday/community social on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00AM-1:00PM at Bernal Heights Rec. Center & Playground. We’ll be partnering up with Let’s go Chipper to deliver the neighborhood

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a fun and exciting workday filled with activities for all (light refreshments will be provided by Sandbox Bakery).

Agenda

9:00AM-10:00AM:
Volunteers will participate in leveling sand in the playground.
10:00AM-10:15AM:
Before activities, attendees will perform stretches and warm-up exercises with an instructor.
10:15AM-1:00PM:
Children and parents will have the opportunity to participate in the following (activities are subject to change): Dance performance/lessons, bean bag toss, arts & crafts, hula hooping, kickball, face painting, and storytime.

We look forward to rolling up our sleeves with you!

 

 


2011 Playground Initiative Workdays

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The Playground Initiative is a partnership between the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD). The Initiative works towards ensuring that all children in San Francisco have access to a safe and engaging play space in their own neighborhood. By building strong partnerships with the community, elected officials and RPD, the Playground Initiative ensures that playgrounds are valued, protected, and improved citywide.

Each year NPC works with the RPD Volunteer Program to host 10-15 playground focused volunteer workdays. In 2011, we have worked at the following sites:

May 6, 2011: Herz Playground (Play Day)

Play Day Workday

May 10, 2011: Sergeant John Macaulay Park

The Merrin Teen Professional Fellows, a fellows program of the JCC Association, joined us to revitalize this local Tenderloin neighborhood playground.

June 9, 2011: Buchanan St. Mall Playground (@ Fulton)

Managers from the San Francisco Federal Credit Union (SFFCU) joined forces to give this Western Addition playground a face-lift.

June 17, 2011: Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground

Volunteers of Genentech Gives Back banned together in Chinatown to clean up and restore the local playground.

June 30, 2011: Buchanan St.Mall Playground (@ Turk)

The generous employees of San Francisco Federal Credit Union (SFFCU) spent their Thursday morning cleaning up and revamping this neighborhood playground and pedestrian walkway. See the SFFCU press release here.

July 17, 2011: Christopher Playground


Approximately 20 volunteers recruited by the Jewish Federation joined NPC on Sunday, July 17th for a playground painting project. Volunteers were supervised by expert staff from RPD’s Paint Shop. Thanks to everyone who helped give Christopher Playground a facelift!

July 28, 2011: Portsmouth Square Playground

Thursday at 10am yielded energetic volunteers from Moody’s who gave back to the Chinatown community by cleaning up Portsmouth Square Playground. Led by expert gardener, Alan, the group cleaned and gardened with gusto. Check out the upper playground area that now has clean rubber tiles thanks to this wonderful group!

July 29, 2011: Miraloma Playground

NPC and Parks Trust staff joined together to paint Miraloma Playground with RPD painter Joe Padilla. We had a great time singing along to oldies and painting away. NPC was able to purchase the paint used at this workday thanks to generous donations to our Playground Initiative.

September 17, 2011:  Bernal Heights Rec. Center & Playground

On a beautiful Saturday morning, NPC and its partner Let’s Go Chipper hosted a workday/community social at Bernal heights Rec. Center & Playground to clean and redistribute sand in the playground.

Play Day 2011

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

On Friday May 6th, 2011 Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) hosted our annual generic cialis super active (tadalafil) 20mg event Play canada pharmacy online xanax Day at Herz Playground in Visitacion Valley. NPC partnered up with Let’s Go Chipper and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to revitalize the playground and host fun activities for local preschoolers. Financial support for Play Day 2011 was provided by Growing Up for Good.

At the event, volunteers added almost 10 tons of new, clean playground sand to the site. About 60 area preschoolers joined us after the clean-up and enjoyed the improved playground as well as give-aways from Let’s Go Chipper.

Click here for photos from the event!

Play Day was the kick-off to a series of summer Playground Initiative clean-up days at in-need playgrounds prioritized with RPD. Herz Playground received a D-grade in our cialis vrs viagra 2010 Playground Report Card.

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2009 Phase of the Playground Initiative

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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Play Day 2009, McCoppin Square Playground (Sunset District)

COMMUNITY WORKDAYS COMPLETED IN 2009

The following 13 playgrounds were selected as the focus of the Initiative for 2009. Because many of the remaining failed playgrounds need a complete renovation and cannot be upgraded by a workday, NPC chose to engage volunteers at “C” playgrounds as well as D- and F-grade playgrounds in 2009.

  • McCoppin Square *Workday 3/25/09*
  • Christopher Playground *Workday 8/5/09*
  • John McLaren Park Playground (Shelley Dr.) *Workday 8/5/09*
  • Potrero Rec Center Playground *Workday 8/5/09*
  • Silver Terrace Playground *Workday 8/5/09*
  • Glen Canyon Park Playground *Workday 8/4/09*
  • Buena Vista Playground *Workday 8/5/09 & 8/13/09*
  • Cabrillo Playground *Workday 8/5/09*
  • Fulton Playground *Workday 8/5/09*
  • Kimbell Park Playground *Workday 8/5/09*
  • Palega Playground *Workday 8/5/09*
  • Stern Grove Playground *Workday 8/5/09*
  • Precita Park Playground *Workday 10/3/09*

Thanks to all the community volunteers who gave their time and energy to improving these playgrounds!

2008 Playground Initiative Workday: Herz Playground

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

The final Playground Initiative workday for 2008 took place on Saturday, November 22nd at Herz Playground in Visitacion Valley. The playground received a grade of “D” in NPC’s 2008 Playground Report Card.

On the 22nd, a small, but enthusiastic group of volunteers worked steadily from 9am until noon picking up trash, sifting playground sand, and weeding planted areas. The sand at Herz was particularly in need of sifting as nearby construction had left pieces of rock and concrete in the play area. Thanks, volunteers, for removing this harmful debris!

Photos of the playground and the workday can be viewed at NPC’s Flickr page .

San Francisco Playground Initiative 2008

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

The Playground Initiative is a joint venture of the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD). Through community workdays and stewardship, the Initiative works towards ensuring that children can play and exercise safely outside, especially in lower-income neighborhoods where parks are the only outdoor play spaces.

Throughout 2008, NPC and RPD made improvements at 11 of the 26 failed playgrounds identified in the 2008 Playground Report Card. These improvements varied by playground, but included the following tasks: trash pickup, sand sifting, beautification projects, plantings, weeding, sand addition, and equipment painting. Community volunteers, led by RPD and NPC staff, completed most Playground Initiative work. However, some improvements were carried out by RPD staff at the request of NPC and with NPC’s support. In total, there were 12 Playground Initiative workdays in 2008.  Click the playgrounds below for more information.

2008 Playground Initiative Workday: Joe DiMaggio / North Beach Playground

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

August Workday

NPC and the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) partnered with the Friends of Joe DiMaggio Playground to host a community sand replacement workday on Saturday, August 16th. The workday addressed the fact that the Joe DiMaggio Playground in North Beach received a failing grade of “D” in NPC’s the 2008 Playground Report Card. All told, over 20 volunteers came to spread 10 tons of sand underneath the play structures making the fall surfaces softer, safer, and cleaner. This important community work at Joe DiMaggio Playground contributed to the Playground Initiative’s goal of upgrading the city’s worst playgrounds, ensuring safe play and exercise space for all children in San Francisco.

To see the flier from the event click here . To see photos click here .

Joe DiMaggio Playground Master Planning

The playground is currently in the master planning process. Click here to read more.

September 2008: Joe DiMaggio Playground Lover Named NPC Volunteer of the Month

This month, NPC honors Liz Diaz, a North Beach resident who has been working tirelessly for improvements at Joe DiMaggio Playground and for more open space in that park-deficient neighborhood.

Liz Diaz Volunteer of the Month of September

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering in your neighborhood park?
I like working with people who believe like I do that we can make a difference for our kids and families by being active in our community.

When my friend Lizzy Hirsh asked me if I wanted to get involved in North Beach when they were trying to purchase the triangle, I jumped on the chance. Along with Jennifer Moerer, we reanimated Friends of Joe Dimaggio Playground, which at that time was lying dormant. Then I met Arthur Chang, who was very supportive of the vision that we had, and now we have a wonderful group that believes in the potential of the park and the library.

Why do you volunteer in your neighborhood park?
I volunteer because I love it and because I can–it’s as simple as that. I couldn’t do it if my husband didn’t support me, or if I wasn’t self employed.

Growing up, my neighborhood changed a lot through my parents’ activism. So I guess you could say my community involvement is hereditary–I do what I was raised to do. I work for the community because I find it gratifying, and because I saw my parents do it. “Having a vision” for the community was something we would talk about over dinner. I was raised to believe that success is a byproduct of doing what you like to do.

What inspired you to work in your community to improve the parks?
Volunteering for parks is something that I grew up with. I’m a second generation park activist from Portland, Oregon! My mother was on a committee that created Cathedral Park, which was a wrecking yard that they turned into a 17-acre waterfront park. After that park was completed, the committee liked working together so much that they founded the Cathedral Park Jazz festival. I am enjoying that same type of community and dedication through my work at Joe DiMaggio Playground and the North Beach Library.

What got you started volunteering for your neighborhood park?
About six years ago, the remodeling of the North Beach pool had reached a standstill halfway completed, and the general feeling in the neighborhood was that of hopelessness.

At the time I had a 3 year old that I wanted to take to the tot swim at the pool, and I knew then that I wanted to do something to make sure the project came to fruition.

Want to join Liz and the Friends of Joe DiMaggio Playground as a volunteer?

Visit http://dimaggioplayground.org/ for more information!