Planning for the Future

July 13, 2011: Update on the Formation of the San Francisco Parks Alliance from Meredith Thomas

I am pleased to announce that on July 12, 2011 the members of the San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) voted in favor of forming a new, bigger and more effective park-serving organization for San Francisco in conjunction with the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC). The new organization will be called the San Francisco Parks Alliance and I am asking for your help in ensuring its success as an advocacy, support and leadership entity for San Francisco parks and park users.

I hope that you have been tracking NPC’s updates about our efforts to form the San Francisco Parks Alliance (Parks Alliance) but if not, now is an excellent time to get involved. Click here to read my full overview and next steps.

The Parks Alliance is seeking a dynamic and qualified professional to step into the role of Executive Director. A full job description is available here.

Green Paper describing the joint vision for a new organization for our parks and open space

Click here to download the Green Paper.

We welcome your feedback about the ideal park organization for San Francisco. Please send comments to feedback@sfnpc.org.

Thursday, April 14th joint stakeholder meeting held at the SPUR Urban CenterJoint Stakeholder Meeting

About 60 park stakeholders joined NPC and SFPT on April 14th to discuss a new organization for our parks and open space in San Francisco. The meeting was held at the SPUR Urban Center. Snacks were provided by Wichcraft

Missed the meeting? Minutes and materials are available at sfnpc.org/meetingminutes2011. We welcome your feedback about the ideal park organization for San Francisco and can receive your comments:

-   via email at feedback@sfnpc.org or via hardcopy by mailing your input to:

SFNPC Attn: Feedback
451 Hayes Street, 2nd Fl
San Francisco, CA 94102

March 21, 2011: Green Paper released and joint meeting announced for April 14

At NPC’s annual Meeting with the Mayor, we released hard copies of a joint “green paper,” composed by the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) and the San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT). We are pleased to have the opportunity to share our early plans for a new city-wide organization for our parks and open space in San Francisco. If you do not get the opportunity to pick up a copy of this paper or missed the Meeting with the Mayor, you can download it here.

We are committed to receiving feedback from our stakeholders and therefore invite you to join us for a Joint Meeting between NPC and SFPT to discuss a new organization for our parks open space in San Francisco. Details for the joint meeting, to be held on Thursday, April 14, are listed above in the March 30, 2011 post.

March 1, 2011 : New unified city-wide park and open space organization envisioned

Dear Friends,

Since 1996, the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) has worked collaboratively with our coalition of park groups, community advocates and partners. As someone reading this message, we know that you have an interest and passion for your parkland. It is through park users and supporters, like you, that we are capable of giving our parks and open spaces an effective voice at City Hall. It is with your participation that we can continue to strive for a superior, equitable and sustainable park and recreation system for San Francisco.

As we celebrate our 15th anniversary as an organization, NPC has begun to work towards a vision for a comprehensive park resource and advocacy organization with the San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT). With the substantial decreases in public funding for our parks, both organizations share the desire to safeguard the future of San Francisco’s green space. To this end, NPC and SFPT have been exploring the opportunity to create a unified organization that can ensure that volunteerism, civic engagement, advocacy, and philanthropy are coordinated and leveraged to achieve the best outcomes for our parks.

NPC and SFPT recognize that San Francisco citizens want and need a world-class, independent nonprofit to hold the vision for parks, align community needs with accountable management by our government, and provide resources for parks through volunteerism and philanthropy.

Moving forward, we are exploring whether a unified organization can eliminate duplication of efforts, be more efficient, and bring more resources to our parks. As our discussions continue, input from our coalition will be essential and ongoing. NPC will update this webpage with any information or documents that call for coalition feedback.

We welcome your feedback about the ideal park organization for San Francisco and can receive your comments:

-   via email at feedback@sfnpc.org or via hardcopy by mailing your input to:

SFNPC Attn: Feedback
451 Hayes Street, 2nd Fl
San Francisco, CA 94102

For Our Parks,

Meredith Thomas, NPC Executive Director

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