Ever since the idea to launch San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) became a serious vision, the Neighborhood Parks Council and San Francisco Parks Trust made a promise to propel advocacy and policy development for parks with a stakeholder-driven process. SFPA staff and Board are working hard to launch the cornerstone of our policy work, a volunteer Park Policy Committee (PPC). An application to serve on the Committee will be available here before the end of the year. We will also announce the release of that application to our stakeholders. Until SFPA has assembled the critical PPC, we will not be taking policy positions that impact individual parks.
SFPA’s approach to developing public policy positions will be nimble, data-driven, collaborative, and the positions will be clear. Once formed in early 2012, the PPC will craft policy positions and employ advocacy tools to further our mission and will be broadly inclusive of neighborhood park groups, community leaders, and park activists. This Committee will develop advocacy and policy directions on issues presented to them by PPC members, SFPA staff, the public, and City agencies, and act as the link to a broader audience of grass-roots park advocates, park groups, and the general public by providing opportunities for facilitated discussions. The Committee will provide the SFPA Executive Director, SFPA staff, and the Board of Directors grounded opinions on policy issues and advocacy priorities.
The SFPA Board of Directors will decide positions on significant issues of city-wide importance and long-term impact. The SFPA Executive Director and Director of Policy & Stewardship will guide advocacy interactions with city land managers on day-to-day matters as well as implement adopted policies and practices.
For more information about SFPA, please visit http://www.sfparksalliance.org.