Sep 30, 2016

October Workday is October 8

The next Panhandle Park community workday is coming up soon: 

Panhandle Park Community Workday
Saturday, October 8
9 am - 12 noon 
All are welcome! 
Meet at the bulletin board near the playground (Oak at Ashbury) 
Gloves and tools provided 

And it's looking to be a busy fall in the park. Construction for the Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Project starts Monday - see the Rec and Park page for Phase 2 description

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Aug 17, 2016

The August workday at the Panhandle

At our workday on Saturday, August 13, volunteers from the community joined Rec and Park staff to help out with ongoing projects: tending to our rain garden full of diverse California native plants (planted about three and a half years ago) and to the nearby mound covered in a patchwork of drought tolerant perennials, planted just within the past year. There was a lot of weeding, raking, sweeping, pruning and deadheading, resulting in a truck full of trimmings heading to the park's compost yard. 

Jul 10, 2016

Report from the July workday at the Panhandle

At yesterday's Panhandle workday, volunteers from the community turned out to work with Rec and Park staff to take care of the park's gardens, focusing on the area near the playground.

A few of yesterday's accomplishments -

  • Removing sand from the south pathway next to the playground 
  • Tending the rain garden by removing trash, raking leaves, and pulling weeds, and
  • Thoroughly removing weeds from the mound next to the restroom (planted this past winter, in part by volunteers in February and in part by city workers), and 
  • Most impressively: installing a sturdier, and more attractive rope fence around the planting on the mound. 
See the pictures below for more - 

On the mound, clipping expired blooms from yarrow can result in new growth 
Installing the sturdy new posts required a stake pounder and a lot of work
The new fence was strung at the end of the morning
Since planting at the beginning of 2016, the sticky monkey, coyote brush, and other plants have grown and bloomed. Volunteers have fertilized the plants and also keep on top of the weeds that inevitably sprout. 
A large portion of the yarrow in the rain garden looked black and blighted. Yesterday's solution: remove to the ground level, watch for new growth, and replant the area if necessary. This coast buckwheat will enjoy the space to grow. 
The community volunteer program at the Panhandle continues on the second Saturday of each month, from 9 am - 12 noon. 

May 2, 2016

Walkway rebuild at the east end of the Panhandle

Work began last week on the paved walkway on the eastern edge of the Panhandle. As of Friday, Bauman Landscape, a go-to company for construction in San Francisco's parks, had removed the portion of the path that was previously asphalt. During the construction, car parking along Baker Street is suspended and a wall of bright orange barriers is in place so that people are able to walk in the street.

Midblock at the eastern edge of the Panhandle

A smaller portion near Fell is also excavated
The walkway along the eastern edge of the Panhandle has long had inconsistent design, part asphalt and part cement.
From the archives - prior to re-orientation of parking on Baker St
The area next to this path, between Baker Street and the McKinley Monument, has seen improvement, starting about seven years ago when the city planted an orderly, symmetrical arc of cherry trees and horse chestnuts. The parks department's tree crew and volunteers from Panhandle Park Stewards have put a considerable effort into helping those trees grow tall and strong.

From the archives: 2011 workday
2014 workday