Feb 14, 2015

Happy Valentines from the Panhandle

A heavy storm can set back your plans, and the wind and rain storms last Friday and Sunday have meant a lot of clean up time for park workers. It's hard to overstate the amount of leaf, fruit, bark and twigs that fall from the big old trees in the park. And that not to mention the entire trees that were knocked over. The staging area for debris near the basketball courts is almost full!

At the community workday this morning, we lent a hand in the area on both sides of Central Ave, starting in the area where an elm tree fell last week. Fortunately, we didn't need to remove everything offsite, because you can use the leaf and bark to mulch around the big trees. It was still a lot of work for a small crew to move that much stuff. Now that the meadow is cleared of eucalyptus litter, crews during the coming week can spread compost fines in the meadow, replenishing the soil and helping resprout grass.

Then, this afternoon at about 4:45, I came upon another tree that had fallen directly across the bike path. It appears to be a pittosporum. Some picnickers nearby told me that it had just happened about a half hour before and that someone had nearly been hit but escaped without any injury. 

Feb 7, 2015

Park workers busy during break in the storm

Thank you Guillermo for clearing our pathways this morning during the break in the storm!

Yesterday's Pineapple Express storm brought San Francisco a couple inches of rain and a lot of wind, bringing down a mess of branches out of the mature trees in the Panhandle. Getting the branches off the paths helps everyone navigate more safely, a nice benefit given today's mild weather.

The winds also split an old elm tree located near Central Ave on the Oak Street side. The limbs have already been cut and removed, but removing the trunk will probably require another crew.

Split in the tree, tagged #259

Another view of the split tree

Park entrances at Oak & Ashbury: one rebuilt and one still in progress

Jan 18, 2015

Photos from January workday

A large group from the neighborhood and families from the SF Day School were part of our community workday last weekend, the first of 20150. Working with some our gardener and also some extra support from Rec and Park, our major project was to spread healthy soil in the meadow between Lyon and Central. We also amended the soil beneath the laurel trees in the meadow between Masonic and Central. And a group of our regular volunteers took care of the plants in our rain garden by removing weeds and eucalyptus leaves.

We had a huge pile of soil from the city's compost yard to work with

Working together to spread a thin layer of soil in the bare spots.  

The grass in the meadow between Lyon and Central will resprout through the soil. 

Curb access work finishes at Cole and starts at Ashbury

The four access points into the park at Cole Street - two on the south side and two on the north - are all rebuilt. A few construction cones remain, but they're all open for public use. (See previous post on this work at Cole St.).
Entering the park from Cole @ Fell Street

Leaving the park to Cole @ Oak. The pathway doesn't align with the crosswalk. 
Now, similar access work has begun at the southwest connector from Oak Street at Ashbury, and a long stretch is dug up. Because the entire stretch from the street to the gardener's shack is dug up, people walking on the south path can't get around, and so the work crew positioned a barrier and sign stating that the path is closed. It's aggravating to see a closure like that affecting the park during a busy holiday weekend.
South path closed between Clayton and Ashbury, 1/17/15
Rebuilding starts on path from Ashbury @ Oak 
South path blocked by the work