Aug 18, 2014

New sign displays park hours and park rules

Close on the heels of installing several signs displaying the new park hours, the parks department has installed a more prominent sign next to the bike path at Ashbury. In addition to the park hours, the new sign displays a litany of park rules pertaining to camping, smoking, dogs, and pathways.

August workday report

A huge thank you to volunteers, both regular and returning, for making the August Panhandle workday so successful. We accomplished a couple of challenging tasks, in addition to general care and tending to the rain garden. First, we dug up some yarrow, which, since our initial planting just a year and a half ago, has grown prolifically. The yarrow that had grown up too near the sprinkler heads had to be removed so that it would not block the spray from reaching the other nearby plants.

What can we do with some extra yarrow? 
Next, a group of volunteers was dispatched to Lyon Street to work on weeding and trimming. This particular bed, planted by students from the Day School, is full of some native plants that are gradually becoming well-established and should continue to mature and flourish. Until they grow a bit more, they still need some protection from the kikuyu grass that so quickly infiltrates the beds from the surrounding turf. 

The planting located behind the playground has grown this summer.
This planting outside the playground is taking off since our rainy planting day last September, especially the penstemon and currants.
This dedicated group worked near the playground until the very end.

Jul 17, 2014

Photos from our July Workday in the Panhandle

On Saturday, 20 volunteers turned out to be part of our monthly community workday in the Panhandle. A group of alumni of the Truman Scholars program helped to fill out our ranks. 

About half of our group got to work raking the lawn between Ashbury and Masonic. 

The other half of the group went to work planting a selection of new plants purchased with funds from our program sponsors. The new plants are still small, but as they grow they will fill in the edge areas of our rain garden.

Like the plants previously selected for the rain garden, the new plants are California native plants that typically grow in this region. Our new species included the following:
Berberis repens (Creeping Mahonia, aka Creeping Oregon Grape)
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens (Creeping Blueblossom)
Lupinus albifrons (Silver Lupine)
Artemisia pycnocephala 'David's Choice' (Coastal Sagewort)
Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant chain fern)
Satureja douglasii (Yerba buena)

Jul 10, 2014

Workday coming up this Saturday, July 12

This Saturday, we've got more native plants ready to add to our rain garden next to the children's playground. We're also expecting to welcome a special volunteer group to supplement our numbers and get more good work done for the park.

See you this Saturday, beginning at 9 am!

We'll be at the normal time and place:

Saturday July 12
9 am - 11:30 am
Meet at the Panhandle Bulletin Board
Tools and gloves will be provided