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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)

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Celebrate McLaren Park – Community Potluck Picnic

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of good food and good company in our city’s 2nd largest park, plus short guided hikes.  Everyone is welcome!

When: May 22, 2011, from noon until 4:00 PM

Where: Group Picnic Area, off John F. Shelley Drive.  Follow the Shelley loop off of Mansell St.  Picnic area is located at the bottom of the loop.  Look for signs; there is plenty of parking.

POTLUCK:  Bring a dish or beverage of choice to share.  FACE will provide hot dogs, paper products, condiments.

This event is sponsored by FACE (Friends & Advocates of Crocker Amazon and the Excelsior), with support from: Help McLaren Park, Save McLaren Park, and the McLaren Park Collaborative [Facebook].

Find out about upcoming events and projects for the park and the work that FACE is doing in the community.

For more info, phone (415) 585-8005 or e-mail:

View the official event flyer here.

Jerry Day 2011 – updated

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

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(7/15): The official band lineup has been finalized. Scheduled to perform are Melvin Seals & JGB, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Front Street & Friends, and

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An all-day music festival held annually at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, Jerry Day has been scheduled for Sunday, August 7, 2011. Doors open at 11:00 AM, with the opening act commencing at noon.

Jerry Day is, in the words of former mayor Gavin Newsom, “a civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his Excelsior roots. By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, we are creating something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood – the Excelsior District, McLaren Park, and the City and County of San Francisco.”

Established in 2002 by local community residents, the 9th Annual Jerry Day is presented by the Excelsior Cultural Group and San Francisco Parks Trust.

The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is located at 45 John F. Shelley Drive, inside McLaren Park. Parking is available. The Park is also serviced by the 29-Sunset Muni line.

For more information, visit For donor and sponsorship information please feel free to email

Help McLaren get $30K from Sears!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Sears is sponsoring a nationwide online contest for a $30,000 Park Makeover. Help McLaren Park nominated one section of McLaren Park (the Burrows Street area) and was selected as one of the 10 finalist!

To win $30K, we need to be the finalist with the most votes! Voting ends at midnight (EST) on May 5th. You can vote once a day, every day.

Please forward the link below to your friends, groups, schools, facebook pages, etc.

Portola Neighbors Help McLaren Park

Friday, May 29th, 2009

McLaren Park is San Francisco’s 2nd largest park after the crown jewel, Golden Gate.  But what a stark contrast—whereas Golden Gate Park boasts world-class attractions, McLaren is not widely known—nestled in the southeastern corner of the city, between the Portola and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods, it is more of a diamond in the rough.  McLaren does have an extensive natural area, walking trails, tennis courts, a reservoir and a lake, picnic areas, the nine-hole Glen Eagles golf course, and the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater used for live performances, but the sad fact is that most of the aging facilities desperately need upgrades (read more about the park facilities here.)

Perhaps the most surprising and lamentable features of the park are ones that no longer exist—there are five barren sandpits where original playgrounds used to stand.  The dilapidated play structures were all removed over the years by RPD, when funding was not available to replace them.  The reality is that the park has fallen victim to repeated budget cuts, as it is located in a neighborhood largely comprised of working families, where park advocacy is often a low priority for the busy residents.

Former playground site in McLaren Park Former playground site in McLaren Park
Former playground site in McLaren Park Picnic tables near Shelley Drive in need of repair

Now a new group of “squeaky-wheel” neighbors has organized to raise money and advocate for improvements in the 318-acre park.  Chuck Farrugia is a lifelong resident of the area, who played in the park as a boy and now visits daily with his young son.  He founded Help McLaren Park, along with his wife, Trilce, and neighbor Sue Zimmer after being disappointed to learn that McLaren would not be included in the list of renovation projects funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.

Chuck Farrugia pushing son Enzo on last remaining swing set

But the group is maintaining a positive and proactive strategy: by engaging and organizing local families, and by cooperating with the existing park stewardship group, Friends of McLaren Park, they hope to finally gain the necessary power and influence to get their agenda heard by the City.  Read about their two-phase goal on their informative new website here.

Recent activities:
Help McLaren Park has already made contact with Mayor Newsom’s office, and the Supervisors of Districts 9, 10, and 11, all of which surround the park.  Just last month the group participated in the meeting with District 11 Supervisor John Avalos (see the June 2009 Park Success Story), and also held a family-friendly fundraiser in the form of a chili cookoff.  In April, Help McLaren Park also participated in a workday hosted by One Brick and RPD, to remove invasives and plant native plants in the Yosemite Marsh area.  RPD installed new picnic tables near the marsh as well.

New picnic tables

Ways you can help:

Help McLaren Park is now able to accept donations (which are tax-deductible), thanks to NPC’s Fiscal Sponsorship program.  You can make a secure online donation to the group by clicking here. After you click, be sure to select “Help McLaren Park” from the pull-down menu in the Fiscal Sponsorship section in the middle of the donation page.

You can also volunteer your time by pitching in at the monthly workdays run by Friends of McLaren Park.  Volunteers meet at 10 AM on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Mansell at Visitacion.  For questions about the Friends of McLaren Park ongoing workday, contact Franco Mancini: 415.239.5378.

To sign up for news and notices via email from Help McLaren Park, please click here.