Volunteers in Action

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.

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 Summer Social

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Come mingle with great people, enjoy delicious food, and celebrate park supporters and volunteers who continue to inspire the work of the Neighborhood Parks Council.

Join NPC on July 13th (Wednesday) from 6pm to 8pm at Linden Alley for our Summer Social!

This year we are hosting our Summer Social potluck style! Please bring a food or beverage item to share

with your fellow park lovers. NPC will showcase delicacies from local vendors from around the city.

If you have any questions about what to bring, please email council@sfnpc.org

At the event NPC will recognize 11 volunteers, park group and coalition 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.

As a way to celebrate their achievements, these honorees received goodie bags, featuring items provided by Sports Basement and other NPC collectables.

To view photos from last year’s Summer Social Photos click here.

Visitacion Valley Greenway Workday

Friday, June 3rd, 2011


The Greenway is in the heart of Visitacion Valley and serves as a community based recreation, meeting, relaxing, gardening and educational haven for neighborhood families and students.

Please help maintain and beautify the Greenway by becoming a volunteer!  Kaiser Permanente is generously donating funding that will directly go to maintaining the Greenway.  Largely supported by the work of volunteers, the Greenway is truly a community building and important project in the heart of Visitacion Valley.

What: Presentation & Community Gardening
Where: Visitacion Valley Greenway (enter on Leland Ave @ Peabody)
When: Saturday, June 18th at 11:00AM-2:00PM

Lite lunch will be provided.  Please dress casual, gardening supplies will be provided.  For more info & to RSVP contact:  Emily at emily.salgado@sen.ca.gov or (415) 557-7857

To view the flyer for this event, please click here.


Silver Terrace Wellness Day: July 23

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011


Update:  July 25, 2011 — Wellness Day was a success!

On Saturday July 23rd, over 300 neighbors from the Portola, Visitacion Valley, Bayview, Bernal Heights, and of course, Silver Terrace, came to enjoy themselves at Silver Terrace Playground, where they were met by eager volunteers ready to help them get a little wellness into their lives.  A long list of health and medical organizations, local businesses, and volunteer agencies were on-hand to provide a wide variety of experiences within the confines of the playground.


Photo above: Michele Elefante of SF Karate demonstrates her craft.

To read more about this eventful day, please go here.

Update: June 30, 2011  — Wellness Day RESCHEDULED!

Get off the Couch and get Active!

Join the Friends of Silver Terrace Playground, Saturday July 23rd, 10am-2pm at Silver Terrace Park (Silver Ave and Bayshore Blvd) for a day of recreation and relaxation. Improve your b-ball, volleyball and soccer skills at our sports clinics, show off your dance moves and gain valuable gardening and healthy living tips.

Download schedules for events click here! EnglishSpanish, Chinese.

To help, or for more information, contact: Chris Waddling at cawaddling@gmail.com or Victoria Bell at vbell@sfnpc.org or 415-621-3260.

The Southeast corner of San Francisco, home to some of the friendliest people in the city, is also home to some of the city’s most pressing health and wellness issues.  Thankfully, there is a growing number of civic-minded neighbors and non-profit organizations who are trying to change that.

In response to the need for neighbors to get active and get outside, the Friends of Silver Terrace, a new park and community group, is hosting its first Wellness Day on Saturday, June 4th Wellness Day at Silver Terrace Park.

Working with the Neighborhood Parks Council, Parks 94124 and Portola Family Connections, the event aims to address wellness issues facing this part of the city through sport and exercise, food and nutrition, and health and safety.  It will present neighbors with a variety of ways to get healthy, including: basketball, volleyball, badminton, and soccer clinics, yoga, tai chi, and walking.


Silver Terrace Playground Wellness Day
Saturday, July 23, 2011
10AM – 2PM
Silver Ave at Bayshore Blvd, just off Hwy-101

There will be gardening demonstrations, veggie give-a-ways, a bbq cook-out with Recology, and local soil quality information.  There will also be basic CPR instruction, health testing, soccer, hula, line dancing, volley ball and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Silver Terrace Playground, located at the corner of Silver Ave and Bayshore Blvd and renovated in 2006 through the City Fields Foundation, was once an unsafe and unwelcoming place.  The renovation has seen usage of the playground increase by over 5000 hours annually, and has created a safer place for everyone to enjoy.

Wellness Day is being organized by the Friends of Silver Terrace Playground, Portola Family Connections, Parks94124, and the Neighborhood Parks Council, and is being put on entirely through volunteer effort.
To help, or for more information, contact: Chris Waddling at cawaddling@gmail.com or Victoria Bell at vbell@sfnpc.org or 415-621-3260.

Thank you to our wonderful event partners:

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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Thank You Earth Day Volunteers

Friday, April 1st, 2011

As the month of April comes to an end, NPC would like to thank everyone who participated in Earth Day

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activities along the Blue Greenway. Whether you removed debris from the shoreline, planted native species or joined the annual egg hunt, your dedication brings us one step closer to realizing San Francisco’s vision of a continuous, connected and thriving waterfront. To view photos of Earth Day cleanups and activities please check out NPC’s Flickr page.

NPC would like to send a special thank you to the Department of Public Works Community Clean Team, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Green Trust SF, India Basin Neighborhood Association, Kayaks Unlimited, Literacy For Environmental Justice, the Port of San Francisco, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Sea Scavenger, and the Tretorn Wellie Wagon for your hard work and dedication to the Blue Greenway.

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Panhandle Park Stewards Release Video Update

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The Panhandle Park Stewards are a group of volunteers who have been working to improve Panhandle Park. In 2010 the grPanhandle Videooup was awarded a Community Opportunity Fund (COF) grant for a capital project they proposed to the Recreation and Park Department.

The Panhandle Park Stewards recently created a video that explains to the public what exciting improvements will be taking place over the next year. Click here to watch!

Community Kickoff of Parks 94124

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Established in November 2010, Parks 94124 is a brand-new, community park group that aims to “build community, park usership and stewardship by creating innovative, engaging and fully accessible park and open space facilities throughout the 94124 zip code.”

On February 26, they hosted their Community Kickoff, at Joseph Lee Recreation Center (1395 Mendell St.), from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  The event was held in conjunction with the Neighborhood Parks Council, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), the San Francisco Skateboarding Association, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Dwayne Jones and We Design Better.

In addition, Parks 94124 will be hosting a series of four community park cleanups.  They are on March 5 at Hilltop Park, March 12 at Gilman Park, April 9 at Bayview Park and April 16 at Youngblood-Coleman Playground.

For more information on the Community Kickoff or the park cleanups, contact Parks 94124′s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Geoffrea Morris at (415) 573-7854 or via e-mail.

View the official press release here. Click here to watch ABC7 coverage of the group.

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.