Mar 14, 2018

March Workday report

Volunteers from the SF Day School and from the neighborhood turned out for Panhandle workday on Saturday, March 10, and removed tons of eucalyptus leaf and bark litter so that our meadows can stay green & clean.  

It was good working with the students and their parents again this month. All the extra hands were needed after the recent storms had brought down so many leaves and bark out of the tall trees. 

Some of our the volunteers were veterans of turning out for the Panhandle workday, and others were out for the first time.

Feb 17, 2018

February workday with SF Day School

Our community workday last Saturday was bright and warm, in the middle of a very dry winter. We were greeted in the morning by Rec and Parks employees, who had placed more than a dozen new bunch grasses for planting into the mound. 

Once the grasses were planted, our attention turned to the rain garden, which needed a good weeding after a few months without attention - especially the northside, which gets inundated with annual grasses. 

A bunch of Douglas Iris and a couple of alum root were also brought out by the parks department for planting into the garden. This kind of iris has been very successful in the garden, producing some spectacular purple blooms.

Nearby, families from the SF Day School worked throughout the morning to clear fallen eucalyptus leaves and branches, with a break for cookies freshly baked by Brian, our friendly Rec and Park gardener.  

Jan 20, 2018

January workday with the Bridgemen

It was all about raking eucalyptus leaves and bark, tons of it, during our first workday of the year last Saturday. Volunteers picked out their favorite rake (four choices offered!) and then ranged both east and west from Ashbury St. Removing the litter from eucalyptus trees is one of the best ways to promote the health of the grasses covering the meadows in the park.

It was incredibly helpful to have our numbers boosted by the turnout of the Bridgemen, a service organization affiliated with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Second Saturday workdays for the community at the Panhandle Park continue through 2018. The San Francisco Day School continues its active participation this year, too!

Dec 10, 2017

December workday report & the Panhandle gets its first signposts

Yesterday at the Panhandle, volunteers from the community joined with Rec and Park's gardening staff for the final community workday of 2017. Afterward, we gathered for our group picture below the new signposts, which, for the first time, proudly name our neighborhood park.

Perks of volunteering: holiday wreaths and homemade cookies
The morning's work centered around the plantings near the restroom. Starting at the mound, we planted approximately a dozen oenothera - evening primrose, the same variety that has done well nearby and produces yellow blooms on tall flower spikes, leaving behind lots of tasty seeds for the birds. The new primroses were placed in a bare spot on the mound, which otherwise has filled in well with coyote brush, ceanothus, yarrow, strawberry and other native plants since initial planting two years ago by park staff and volunteers.

For the rest of the morning, our crew of volunteers was busy with raking eucalyptus leaves from the grass, trimming the honeysuckle shrub bordering the playground, removing weeds from the rain garden, and doing some careful pruning of the dogwoods.