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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.

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

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 |

Celebrate the Holidays with NPC

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Thanks for joining us at Annual NPC Holiday Party and starting the festivities on the first of December. We hope you enjoyed the Lagunitas beer, Artesa wine and food! To view pictures from the party please go to our Flickr page.

We are happy to have started off the holidays with you and celebrate another successful year of park advocacy!

NPC’s 2010 Summer Social

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

On July 14th, 2010, NPC held our annual Summer Social at Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley. Park advocates gathered together at the base of the Green’s “woman of chains” Ecstasy statue, to enjoy live Spanish guitar and delicious food and drinks donated by local vendors: Marino Restaurant, La Boulange de Hayes, Mercury Café, Bi-Rite Market, Philz Coffee, and Cupcakes by Jasmine Rae Bakery.

At the event NPC recognized 12 volunteers, park group and collation members for their tireless effort, and determination in bringing their community together to revitalizing San Francisco’s open spaces. These outstanding individuals and organizations have contributed to collectively making our parks and playgrounds across San Francisco’s 11 districts clean, green and safe.

Thank you again to the outstanding volunteers chosen this year:

Ihsan Dujaili
Rudeen Monte
Tan Chow
Richard Hom
Dale Danley
Mayela Gutknecht
Craig Dawson
Friends of Upper Douglass Dog Park
Eddie Williams
Andrew Detsch
Cayuga Improvement Association
Matt Householder

As a way to celebrate their achievements, these honorees received goodie bags, featuring gift certificates provided by La Boulange and Sports Basement, Champagne from California’s own Korbel Champagne and other NPC collectables.

Continuing the festivities, the volunteer recognition presentation was followed by a raffle giveaway that left more people than expected lucky winners!  Two park lovers won generous prizes including two California Shapespear Theater tickets, and ten Bay Area Discovery Museum passes. For those who thought the giveaways were over, an impromptu gesture by Recreation and Park General Manager, Phil Ginsburg, kept everyone waiting for more. The raffle spontaneously continued with a zealous Ginsburg calling out three additional winners on top of the already lucky two. Passes to some of the Bay’s most sought after park festivities were drawn, including two tickets to Golden Gate Park’s Outside Lands, passes to Peter Pan (presented in Ferry Park), and for football fans, passes to San Francisco own 49ers (playing, as always, at Candlestick Park).

NPC would like to again thank all who attended our Summer Social. We has a great time and can’t wait to see you all again soon. Enjoy you Prizes park lovers!

See if you got snapped in a photo, check out Summer Social Photos here!

NPC Hosts Coalition Meeting on Park Safety

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

On Thursday, April 29th, NPC hosted a coalition meeting on Approaches to Park Safety. Panelists from the Recreation and Park Department (RPD), San Francisco Parks Trust, SF Safe, Trust for Public Land and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) discussed both park design treatments that enhance safety, as well as existing enforcement and information-sharing procedures, and how those might be improved.

While design alone cannot solve all of a park’s safety issues, certain treatments can help minimize the instances and fear or crime in a park. Rob Mackenzie of SF Safe discussed some of the key principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). The three main considerations for CPTED involve visibility, natural access control, and reinforced territoriality. Creating a defined space that allows for sight lines both in and out is important for enhancing a sense of safety in a park. This was reinforced by Mary Muszynski of the Trust for Public Land, who used the example of Boedekker Park (and its impending renovation) as can you buy viagra at walgreens further fodder for discussion. Other panelists offered examples of both successful design implementation, as well as areas for improvement.

In regards to enforcement, representatives from the San Francisco Police Department and the Recreation and Park Department identified the current procedure for collaborating between the two agencies. When an incident occurs in a park, SFPD officers ask any existing RPD staff on-site for cialis cialis daily information that may be useful to the investigation. The on-site RPD staff are responsible for then sharing information about the incident to their supervisors, and that information then makes its way up the chain at RPD. As an additional step, cialis generic pharmacy SFPD will soon begin sharing case numbers and other reports Generic cialis online with RPD staff to ensure an adequate flow of information between the two agencies. Also, SFPD station Captains in many instances send RPD on-site staff monthly electronic newsletters that outline incidents occurring in their district, though more widespread implementation of this useful practice is needed. Finally, NPC will begin sending SFPD Captains genericcialisonline-rxnow monthly ParkScan reports, so that they can be aware of issues such as graffiti and other vandalism in their area’s parks.

The discussion on park safety will continue with all cialis generic online agencies and stakeholders involved. Ensuring that information is exchanged between these stakeholder groups, including park groups, is an important first step. Make sure that your park group is connected to all the agencies that affect park safety at your park!

Click here for the meeting minutes.

Creating a Website for your Park Group

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

AWebsiten attractive website can be a place for your park group to promote upcoming workdays and events, direct potential park group members, and document your successes. There are many free and easy tools that exist to create websites, and we’ll be covering one tool in particular. This meeting with be a “webinar” meaning you can access the presentation live and online from the convenience of your own home or office! We’ll also make the presentation avaiable online after the meeting. We do, however, have limited space in the virtual webinar, so if you’d like to participate please email Matthew Silva at The meeting will be on March 24th, 2010 from 12pm-1pm.

February 2010 Coalition Meeting

Monday, February 1st, 2010

February 17th, 2010: India Basin Community Vision

India Basin is the waterfront neighborhood that spans from Heron’s Head Park to the Hunter’s Point Shipyard, and from the hilltop to the shore. This shoreline remains largely undeveloped, and the neighborhood underserved.

This coalition meeting discussed the India Basin Neighborhood Association’s Community Vision that covers: Comprehensive Planning,

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Economic Success, Environmental Protections, Transportation Improvements, and Recreational Opportunities.

Visit or contact them at to download a copy of the draft India Basin Shoreline Community Vision.

October 21, 2009 Coalition Meeting

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

October 21st:  Recharging Your Park Group & Proposition C

On October 21st, park group members dealing with the many challenges of community organizing joined NPC for a discussion on “Recharging Your Park Group”. NPC Outreach Coordinator presented strategies on how to reinvigorate your organizing efforts, add more members to your group, create awareness about your efforts, and set up a structure that will make your group sustainable. At the end of the presentation, there was an opportunity for park groups to mingle and share ideas as well.

At the meeting, the upcoming Proposition C ballot measure was also discussed. Prop C would allow the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and the 49ers to find a sponsor for Candlestick Park Stadium, and to rename the stadium for that sponsor. At least half of the net revenue from the naming agreement would go toward rehiring recreation center directors who were recently laid off during the city’s budget crisis.

Click here to download the meeting flyer.

Click here to download the meeting minutes and presentation.

August 2009 Coalition Meeting

Monday, August 10th, 2009

August 19th: Joint Meeting on Community Opportunity Fund

On August 19th, park advocates gathered to learn more about the Community Opportunity Fund portion of the 2008 Parks Bond, and offered feedback on the program’s development. The Community Opportunity Fund is a $5-million portion of the $185-million bond that will fund community-driven park improvements projects. Representing a wide range of park groups, attendees gave valuable on-the-ground insight to the Community Opportunity Fund Task Force on how to best design the program to meet the needs of park users citywide. Preceding this lively discussion was a presentation on the draft program by the meeting’s hosts: Neighborhood Parks Council, San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) and the Trust for Public Land (TPL), in conjunction with the Recreation and Park Department (RPD).

After an introduction from Meredith Thomas, and a few words from Commissioner Michael Sullivan, the Planning Director at RPD, Dawn Kamalanathan, began with an overview of how bond dollars can be spent, particularly in the context of this special fund. Following Dawn’s explanation of bond mechanics, three members of the Task Force presented on the draft program to date. Meredith Thomas outlined the draft program structure as well as the Task Force process. Jacob Gilchrist from TPL discussed the draft eligibility requirements and the criteria for projects chosen. Finally, Kearstin Krehbiel from SFPT gave an overview on the purpose and development of the Community Partner Tool Kit, which is aimed to identify the process by which community groups partner with RPD on these types of improvements projects. Attendees then split up into three groups to discuss the items presented and give feedback. You can read their feedback, as well as notes from the presentations here. Click here to download the slideshow that was presented at the meeting. As always, stayed tuned for more updates as this program continues in its development.