Parks in the News

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Articles in BOLD mention the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) or Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) in the article.

December 2011

December 13: Dog walker regulations considered by S.F. | SF Gate

December 10: SF to roll on 3rd permanent skate park with grant | SF Gate

December 6: Period Piece: A walk in the (man-made) woods | SF Bay Guardian

December 1: No injunction for Sharp Park Golf Course frogs | SF Gate

November 2011

November 30: Trees take root in the Tenderloin | KALW News

November 29: Whose park? Proposal to build a large artificial turf soccer complex in Golden Gate Park sparks controversy | SF Bay Guardian

November 4: Waterfront playground proposal slides closer toward reality | SF Gate

November 3:  Golden Gate Park on 2 wheels: | SF Gate

October 2011

October 21:  JFK Bikeway Gets Final Approval From Rec and Parks Commission | Streetsblog

October 18: Supe Wiener Pushes More Bureaucracy, Fees For Dog Walkers | SF Appeal

October 15: S.F.’s redo of Sue Bierman Park wastes opportunity | SF Gate

October 15: Dog Lobby Has Political Bite in San Francisco | Bay Citizen and New York Times, Bay Area Edition

October 12: Transbay Tower plan raises shadow debate | SF Gate

October 8: SF’s Largest Urban Farm To Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary Today | SF Appeal

October 8:SF school politics keeping kids from having any fun | SF Examiner

October 7: JFK Bikeway Project Faces One Last Hurdle Before December Arrival | SF Streetsblog

October 4: The Park That Almost Never Was | NBC Bay Area

October 4:  A park grows in the Embarcadero | SF Gate

September 2011

September 28:  Park Officials Look to Keep the Free Farm Stand | Mission Loc@l

September 28:  Supes Give Green Light to More Green Space In The Mission | SF Appeal

September 18:  Golden Gate Park fundraiser to aid San Francisco green space | SF Examiner

September 16:  PARK(ing) Day invites participants to rethink urban land use | Downtown DEVIL

September 15:  A park with personality | The Bay Area Reporter

September 13: Candidates Talk Streets and Parks at Mayoral Forum | Streetsblog

September 12:  Golden Gate Park Windmill To Get Refurbished Dome Monday | SF Appeal

September 8:  Groups Applaud Legislation to Restore Sharp Park and Partner with National Park Service | National Parks Conservation Association

September 6: Making Play a Priority:  Non-Profit Organization KaBOOM!  Announces List of 151 “Playful City USA” Communities | CSRwire

September 2:  Where the playgrounds are:  America’s Most Playful Cities | USA WEEKEND

September 1:  New Chinatown rec center will be built with a bit of history | SF Gate

August 2011

August 24:  A New Park Will Be Purchased for $2.4 million | Mission Loc@l

August 23:  Parking on the park | SF Bay Guardian

August 22:  ‘Save Don’t Pave Golden Gate Park’ is now a campaign | Digital Journal

August 15:  Lindy in the Park celebrates 15 years in S.F. | SF Gate

August 14:  Outside Lands festival proves local success | SF Gate

August 11:  For the fourth year, Outside Lands a party in Golden Gate Park | SF Examiner

August 2:  Improvements To Crocker Amazon Bocce Ball Courts Celebrated Tonight | SF Appeal

August 2:  Supverisors pull Rec & Park  and anti-demolition measures | SF Gate

August 2: Pulling Weeds, Pretending to Be BatsImmigrant Kids Experience a Year of Firsts | Mission Loc@l

July 2011

July 28:  Six Mission Pie folks visit  San Francisco Farms | Mission Pie

July 27: Video of the Visitacion Valley Greenway |

July 26:  Graffiti Cleanup Remains Costly Business In San Francisco | CBS San Francisco

July 20:  Agencies promise more attention Lake Merced | SF Gate

July 17:  San Francisco teacher hopes to win playground contest for autistic students | SF Examiner

July 17:  Food helps fatten San Francisco Rec and Park’s lean budget | SF Examiner

July 17:  Thousands Of Fans Fill Civic Center For Women’s World Cup Finals | SF Appeal

July 15:  A Rejuvenated Carrousel Plaza in GGP Reopens | SF Rec and Park

July 12:  Parks Inc. | SF Bay Guardian

July 12:  America’s Cup preparations underway for the bay | SF Gate

July 8:  Golden Gate Park’s Carrousel Plaza renovated | ABC 7 News

July 6:  San Francisco FCU Helps Clean Up SF Playgrounds | CUinsight

June 2011

June 22:  Hayes Valley Playground revamp caters to children | SF Gate

June 22:  Pop-up SF skate park preview of bigger project | SF Gate

June 21:  San Francisco Launches ‘Safe Summer Park’ Initiative | CBS San Francisco

June 17:  Bella sings a swan song, leaving Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon | SF Examiner

June 15:  Sharp Park Debate Hastens Citywide Biodiversity Policy | Bay Nature

June 14:  Selling off the Department of  Recreation and Parks | SF Bay Guardian

June 14:  New San Francisco biodiversity push could come too late for golf course critters | SF Public Press

June 13:  Celebrating Parks, the Western Addition and Partnerships | SF Rec and Park

June 13:  Waterfront Playground up for Approval at Rec. and Parks in July | Barbary Coast News

June 13:  Bella is back — Palace of Fine Arts swan is doing swimmingly | SF Gate

June 12:  Interior Greenbelt Park at top of Mt. Sutro open | SF Gate

June 11:  San Francisco’s Newest Playground Opens in Hayes Valley | Trust for Public Land

June 8:  The Unveiling of “Familia” Mural | Mission Loc@l

June 4:  San Francisco Celebrates Opening of Historic Trail And Long-Closed Park | Bay Citizen

June 3:  SF Rec and park Hosts First of the Community Workshop Series for Dolores Park Improvement | SF Recreation and Parks Blog

June 3:  Dolores Park Has $7.9 Million to Spend, So What Should We Renovate, Planners Ask | Mission Loc@l

June 1:  HANC gets a new eviction notice | SF Bay Guardian

June 1: Place of Fine Arts welcomes baby swan to the lagoon | SF Examiner

May 2011

May 31: Golden Gate Park recycling center given brief reprieve before eviction | SF Examiner

May 30:  Public comment period ends today for proposed GGNRA dog leash laws | SF Examiner

May 30:  Murphy windmill stub on the verge of renovation | SF Examiner

May 27: HANC Recycling Center and Native Plant Nursery Is Still Open | HANC Blog

May 24:  Park officials:  It’s time to go, Stow Lake | SF Examiner

May 24:  From the desk of GCM:  More legal maneuverings in Sharp Park case | Golf Course Management

May 24:  Outside Lands Announces Artist Additions | ALT Sounds

May 22:  Dolores Park Playground Construction Means Less Play for Several Months | Mission Loc@l

May 19:  Dolores Park Partial Closures Begin in June | Mission Loc@l

May 19:  70 California State Parks Closing | Pacific Palisades Patch

May 17: City scores win on Stow Lake contract; fight may not be over | SF Chronicle

May 16:  Parklet fever spreads from San Francisco to Oakland | SF Examiner

May 16:  Mission Playground soccer field to get makeover | SF Gate

May 15:  Showdown over proposal for new Stow Lake vendor | SF Gate

May 13:  State Plans to Close Parks — Again | Bay Citizen

May 9:  Rec and Park to hold panel on Golden Gate Park as revenue source | SF Examiner

May 9:  More City Officials Drawn into Stow Lake Controversy | The Bay Citizen

May 3:  West Marina Yacht Harbor renovation project loan to cost The City double | SF Examiner

May 3:  S.F. Stow Lake vendor bid e-mails raise questions | SF Gate

May 3:  Tactics Of Lobbying Firm Cause More Stow Lake Boathouse Controversy | SF Appeal

May 3:  Golf Course Industry:  Golf community rallies to save Sharp Park | Golf Course Industry

May 2: Dolores Park playground ready for facelift | SF Examiner

May 2:  Keeping up the San Francisco parks | SF Gate

May 1:  Dolores Park’s First Food Truck Rolls In | Mission Loc@l

April 2011

April 29:  Opportunity or Privatization?  Sides Out on First Food Vendor Rolling Into Dolores Park | Mission Loc@l

April 29:  Tree-killing vandal strikes again at park | SF Gate

April 28:  Foes plan ‘puke-in’ to protest San Francisco Dolores Park food vendor | SF Examiner

April 26:  San Francisco’s North Beach Library closer to turning page on renovation | SF Examiner

April 25:  Library, Recreation and Park and Land Use approve North Beach plans | SF Gate

April 19:  HANC recycling center could move next to Recology | SF Examiner

April 16:  Proposed SoMa park would be ‘destination’ for food trucks | SF Examiner

April 11:  Arcade Fire, Muse, Phish head Outside Lands 2011 | Consequence of Sound

April 11:  San Francisco Recreation and Park Department trying to build its own revenues | SF Examiner

April 10: San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Trying to Build Its Own Revenues | SF Examiner

April 10: San Francisco Supervisors To Hold Hearing On Dog Leash Laws | CBS SF

April 9:  Starbucks cleanup crew to spruce up Ocean Beach Area | Ocean Beach Bulletin

April 5:  David Miles Jr. reigns as park’s skating ‘mayor’ | SF Gate

April 4:  Tourists Not Lining Up to Pay $7 for Botanical Garden | Bay Citizen

April 3: East Palo Alto builds new bayfront park; still lags behind neighbors in parks per capita | Peninsula Press

April 1:  Debate over Botanical Garden fee | SF Gate

March 2011

March 28:  The city needs good parks to help keep families with kids | SF Examiner

March 27: San Francisco Alamo Square neighbors look to charge tour buses | SF Examiner

March 17: Proposal to close Golden Gate, McLaren parks at night stalled | SF Examiner

March 15: Bike rentals to begin in five San Francisco parks | SF Examiner

March 15:  Recreation and Park Department taking suggestions for park repairs | SF Examiner

March 10:  Stow Lake concessionaire wins Round One in legal fight | SF Gate

March 10: What Would a Town Square Look Like? | The Noe Valley Voice

March 9:  Rec & Park begins HANC eviction before board vote | SF Bay Guardian

March 8:  Protesters bark about Golden Gate National Recreation Area leash | SF Examiner

March 7:  Outside Lands return to three-day schedule for last year of contract | SF Examiner

March 7:  Local artists’ whimsy will transform San Francisco Park | The Tribune (San Luis Obispo)

March 6:  Landmark status won’t change Stow Lake Boathouse plans | SF Examiner

February 2011

February 28:  Board to consider proposal that rescinds HANC eviction | SF Examiner

February 28:  Mission district business owners want parking lot, not park | SF Examiner

February 26:  Haight recycling center:  End of line for nuisance | SF Gate

February 25: Dolores Park Meeting Calmed by Wine? | Mission Loc@l

February 25:  San Francisco Rec And Park Pushes to Keep Admissions to Botanical Gardens Fee | CBS San Francisco

February 24:  Weather delays reopening of Golden Gate Park’s Polo fields | SF Examiner

February 21: Mission Playground getting new lights | SF Examiner

February 21:  The art of clearing tagger’s work in San Francisco | SF Gate

February 19:  Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park | Suite 101

February 18:  Bayview-Hunters Point parks to receive advocates | SF Examiner

February 17: San Francisco residents unsatisfied with park restrooms | SF Examiner

February 17:  Bernal Heights Hill:  Views and a village | SF Gate

February 17:  New San Francisco park fees are on the horizon | SF Examiner

February 15:  Leash law backlash on the rise in San Francisco | SF Examiner

February 14:  Standoff continues over Golden Gate Park recycling center | SF Gate

February 13: Park Lovers Confess Their Feelings | SF Gate

February 13:  ‘Contagion’ to complete SF filming with Candlestick extravaganza | SF Examiner

February 13:  City to put recycling cans in Golden Gate Park | SF Gate

February 8:  Slain trees being replanted in Golden Gate Park | SF Examiner

February 7:  New Vendor Officially Taking Over Stow Lake Boathouse This March | SF Appeal

February 3:  Charging Fees to See Trees at Golden Gate Park’s Arboretum Doesn’t Even Pay the Bills | Bay Citizen

February 3: Like Dolores Park coffee stand, food cart irks Mission District neighbors | SF Examiner

February 2: Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake boathouse receives a new operator | SF Examiner

February 2: Board moves to revoke Botanical Garden fee | SF Gate

February 1: Supervisors back new vendor for Stow Lake | SF Gate

February 1: New Stow Lake Boathouse Operator Pledges Renovation, New Indoor Cafe | San Francisco Sentinel

February 1: Synthetic turf on its way to Minnie and Lovie Recreation Center | SF Examiner

January 2011

January 31: Park Users Say Cut Worker Pay, Use Bike Rentals and Neighborhood Events as Revenue Streams | Mission Loc@l

January 27: Stow Lake Boathouse lease-agreement proposal on its way to full board | SF Examiner

January 26: Stow Lake plan moves forward | SF Gate

January 26: Potrero Hill Rec Center to renovate field | SF Examiner

January 25:  Time for groundbreaking draws near for Hunters Point Shipyard |SF Examiner

January 23: Meetings scheduled to hear park proposals | SF Examiner

January 20: Golden Gate Park landmark proposal pondered by panel | SF Gate

January 19: Rec and Park budget: Aiming for the status quo | SF Gate

January 18: Next Historic Landmark: Golden Gate Park | The Bay Citizen

January 18: Golden Gate Park up for landmark status | SF Gate

January 13: Feds tighten leash laws on dogs in San Francisco and the Peninsula | SF Gate

January 11: $100 park ‘fee’ is an optional deposit | SF Examiner

January 11: City to Buy Land from Self to Build Park | SF Gate

January 5: Golden Gate Park Upgrades May be Halted Forever | NBC Bay Area

January 2:  Entire Golden Gate Park might be deemed historic | SF Examiner

January 1:  Local Intelligence:  Shoe Garden, Alamo Square Park | Bay Citizen