Apr 14, 2014

April Workday report

Volunteers from the neighborhood joined with Rec and Park gardening staff on Saturday to work in the Panhandle around Lyon Street, spreading wood chips around the pair of arbutus close to the redwood grove. Volunteers also worked to shape some fast-growing shrubs bordering Oak Street, and then spent time with some detail work tending a long bed close to the multi-use path, where perennials like ceanothus, yarrow, sage, and sticky monkey are getting well-established (they were planted by students from the Day School about a year ago).


Additionally, one volunteer teamed up with a Rec and Park employee for a special project by the playground. Cobblestones now line the bed at the west side of the playground and look beautiful.

Photo by Leah Hickey. See more photos of the work by USF students at NOPNA's Facebook page
Meanwhile, Saturday was also a day of service for students from University of San Francisco. Dozens of students chose to perform service in Golden Gate Park, and a group of them was assigned the vital duty of lifting mud and weeds from pathways. Thanks to the labor of more than a dozen students, the cross-over paths at Shrader and Cole were cleared and cleaned. We've done this job before and we know it's hard work. Thank you, USF!  

Good results at the first workday of the spring season. Pictured: Horse Chestnut in bloom

Apr 7, 2014

Spring is breaking out! Workday is Saturday, news from Branch and the Bike Coalition

Coming up this weekend:
Panhandle Workday
Saturday, April 12
9 am - 12 noon
Meet at the Bulletin Board by the Panhandle Playground (near Oak @ Ashbury)
Gloves and tools are provided. 

More park news:
1. Bike Coalition's D5 effort increases its focus on the Panhandle 
The Bike Coalition has been organizing its members living in District 5, and one of the early results is a decision that their focus should be to make the Panhandle better for biking and walking. The group is meeting next week and will plan out ways to make this happen, such as support for the neighborhood's proposal to the Community Opportunity Fund for capital improvements in the Panhandle. Contact Janice Li (Janice@sfbike.org) for more information. 

2. branch schedules 2014 Urban Ecology Summer Camps
Many of you have met the Panhandle locals of branch, during our community workdays and at the special ecology event that was part of the Panhandle Park Improvement Project. branch has a new schedule of summer camps for 5-10-year olds, and though none of them will be at the Panhandle, they have other awesome locations in San Francisco farms, gardens, and other green spaces. 
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Mar 17, 2014

Our March Workday

At our community workday last Saturday March 8, a bunch of new plants provided by SF Rec and Park were ready for planting into our rain garden (a variety of California native plants) and around the perimeter of the playground (different exotic plants). The western end of the playground, in particular, got a thorough re-planting in order to create a planting design that should be pleasant year-round. At the end of the workday, many other people from the community gathered to learn about and offer input into plans that are being prepared for submission to the Community Opportunity Fund. The plans respond to requests for capital improvements in the park such as an improved pathway, more benches, and better signage.

Max lays out new plants for planting in the rain garden
The western edge of the playground got a complete re-planting 
Beneath the big eucalyptus behind the restrooms, volunteers spread mulch and raked leaves from the grass
Volunteers swept sand and leaves from the playground boardwalk
Mike makes comments on the big, beautiful renderings prepared to show ideas for the new proposal