May 15, 2019

Still recruiting new leader to promote & continue the community workdays at the Panhandle Park

This volunteer position is still open! There is a need for a new community leader to promote monthly community workdays at the Panhandle. We are seeking a new volunteer to assume this role by the end of 2019 when my service will come to a conclusion.
-Dale Danley 

A volunteer job description follows. 

CONTACT -Dale Danley / dale987@gmail.com / panhandlepark.blogspot.com / @4thePanhandle
or 
North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, Email: board@nopna.org

Panhandle Park Stewards 
 Volunteer leadership position: Director for Community Engagement 
The Director for Community Engagement is responsible for continuation and development of Panhandle Park Stewards, which mobilizes volunteers to take part in a monthly community workday. This volunteer position is accountable to the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA). NOPNA is fiscal sponsor of this project, collecting and managing any funds for the Panhandle Park Stewards. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department provides staff, tools, and management of the community workday.

Basic Responsibilities 
  1. Attend the monthly community workday at the Panhandle Park, to greet volunteers from the community and provide a liaison with parks staff 
  2. Disseminate information to the public about the community workday by managing a listserv, sending two emails per month 
  3. Respond to public inquiries about the community workday by email and telephone 
  4. On an annual basis, contact the staff of the parks department to schedule the community workdays and provide statistics of the number of participants during the previous year 
Additional opportunities
  • Post photos and written descriptions to the website/blog dedicated to the project 
  • Expand promotional efforts to let more people know about the workday by posting in social media, writing articles for neighborhood newsletters, and putting posters on the park bulletin board 
  • Enlist other community based groups (e.g.,San Francisco Day School, Bridgemen, One Brick) to bring their volunteers to the monthly workday 
  • Raise funds for the project through sponsorships and donations 
  • Spend funds collected on items such as volunteer appreciation events 
  • Monitor park-related plans and activities undertaken by the Parks Department and other city agencies including SFMTA, SFDPW, and SF Arts Commission 
  • In collaboration with other neighbors and local organizations, write grant proposals for park improvements 
If interested, please contact Dale Danley (dale987@gmail.com) or the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association.

Panhandle Park Stewards Panhandlepark.blogspot.com
North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association www.nopna.org

Apr 24, 2019

April workday, with major projects underway in the Panhandle


At our workday in the Panhandle on Saturday, April 13, volunteers from the community worked together on one of our most important ongoing projects: caring for the trees in the park. We removed weeds from around the trees so that the park workers can maintain a safe distance from the trees while mowing the park's grassy meadows. 

As part of the morning's work, we also performed some ongoing maintenance work in the rain garden, removing some of the weeds and trimming back some of the most aggressive growth. With the Panhandle Playground project having begun, a fence is now installed right at the very edge of the rain garden, allowing for the removal and eventual rebuilding of the pathway. 

A Groundbreaking event sponsored by Rec and Park and the San Francisco Parks Alliance is planned for tomorrow, Thursday, April 25, from 11 am to noon. All are welcome to attend, meet your neighbors and city officials, and learn more about the Panhandle Playground and other playground renovations.


Demolition of the playground looks complete


The irrigation project was also active on April 13, with some trenching around the southwest corner of Fell & Masonic. 


Jan 19, 2019

January workday report; playground project launching this month

Community volunteers gathered last week, on a sunny Saturday morning, to work with our park gardener. We scooped up mountains of eucalyptus bark and branches that have fallen in the recent stormy weather. We also removed weeds (& broken glass) from the rain garden. At the end of the program, we gathered for this snapshot, taking a minute to remember the projects over the past several years that have improved the area around the playground. 

Red-flowering currant is one of the California native perennials that flourished next to the playground. Enjoy their final blooms this weekend before the heavy equipment arrives! 

Big changes are coming to these areas (in the left half of the picture above) as part of the playground project. Starting this coming Tuesday, Jan 22, crews will perform tree work on eucalyptus, cypress, and elms around the Panhandle Playground. Further details are at the department's project webpage.
 

Nov 14, 2018

Panhandle Park Stewards - Volunteer leadership position now open

We are seeking a new volunteer to assume leadership for the Panhandle Park Stewards. 

Volunteering in the lead role is an opportunity to:

  • Improve your skills in leading and coordinating volunteers 
  • Develop relationships with city staff and other community leaders 
  • Learn about tree care, native plants, and park management practices 
  • Add community service to your resume 
  • Make a difference in a legendary San Francisco park 

 What Panhandle Park Stewards has accomplished:

  • This project has improved the Panhandle Park through coordinating the efforts of hundreds of volunteers from the community in partnership with the city of San Francisco at a monthly workday. 
  • A top priority has been to improve care for the park’s historically significant mature trees. In addition, volunteers have worked to amend the soil in the park’s meadows, prune shrubs and perennials, remove debris from pathways, and plant trees and gardens. 
  • The project has established a group of dedicated volunteers who participate in the monthly workday (the email list for the workday has 127 members). It has established a durable partnership with a neighborhood school for participation by their families. 
  • Another success of this project was to formulate capital improvements to the park that were implemented in 2012. This project established a rain garden full of native plants and other improvements near the basketball courts and playground. 
  • Panhandle Park Stewards also completed a series of special events to promote neighborhood engagement, funded by the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The project has a blog website and a Twitter account to document and disseminate information pertinent to the park. 

Please contact us! A volunteer job description follows. Neighborhood leaders and the SF Rec and Parks department would like to continue the monthly community workdays in the Panhandle. We are seeking a volunteer from the community to attend these workdays and lead the overall project. During 2019, you can work with the current leader to learn the ropes and meet other people involved in this project. 

CONTACT -
Dale Danley / dale987@gmail.com / panhandlepark.blogspot.com / @4thePanhandle
North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, Email: board@nopna.org


Panhandle Park Stewards 
 Volunteer leadership position: Director for Community Engagement 
The Director for Community Engagement is responsible for continuation and development of Panhandle Park Stewards, which mobilizes volunteers to take part in a monthly community workday. This volunteer position is accountable to the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA). NOPNA is fiscal sponsor of this project, collecting and managing any funds for the Panhandle Park Stewards. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department provides staff, tools, and management of the community workday.

Basic Responsibilities of the Director of Community Engagement

  1. Attend the monthly community workday at the Panhandle Park, to greet volunteers from the community and provide a liaison with parks staff 
  2. Disseminate information to the public about the community workday by managing a listserv, sending two emails per month 
  3. Respond to public inquiries about the community workday by email and telephone 
  4. On an annual basis, contact the staff of the parks department to schedule the community workdays and provide statistics of the number of participants during the previous year 

Additional opportunities for the Director of Community Engagement

  • Post photos and written descriptions to the website/blog dedicated to the project 
  • Expand promotional efforts to let more people know about the workday by posting in social media, writing articles for neighborhood newsletters, and putting posters on the park bulletin board 
  • Enlist other community based groups (e.g.,San Francisco Day School, Bridgemen, One Brick) to bring their volunteers to the monthly workday 
  • Raise funds for the project through sponsorships and donations 
  • Spend funds collected on items such as volunteer appreciation events 
  • Monitor park-related plans and activities undertaken by the Parks Department and other city agencies including SFMTA, SFDPW, and SF Arts Commission 
  • In collaboration with other neighbors and local organizations, write grant proposals for park improvements 

If interested, please contact Dale Danley (dale987@gmail.com) or the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association.

Panhandle Park Stewards Panhandlepark.blogspot.com
North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association www.nopna.org