Jul 22, 2015

Photos from July workday

At the Second Saturday work day on July 11, some volunteers lent a hand to remove weeds and fallen eucalyptus leaves from the rain garden, while others were busy raking leaves and sweeping sand off the path that travels around the south side of the playground.

Adult bike ed from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition was also underway on July 11 at the Panhandle. 

Time-lapse video of Oak St house move

Urban School captured an awesome time lapse video of this week's Oak St house move! More info from Urban School in the caption below the video:

North Campus: House Moving July 20, 2015 from Urban School of San Francisco on Vimeo.
A major construction milestone of Urban's new North Campus expansion, moving the house located between the Oak Street parking lots to its new location 80 feet east, took place on Monday, July 20. The house was moved to make way for Urban's new Academic & Athletics Center, scheduled for completion in Fall 2016. The house, which is under the management of Urban as part of the 95-year lease with St. Agnes Parish, will serve as the construction headquarters for Plant Construction during the building process.

Jul 7, 2015

Workday coming up this Saturday, July 11

The next Panhandle workday is coming up Saturday! Join your neighbors and friends at the park to start your weekend with a morning of energizing activities in the cool shade of the tall trees. 

Panhandle Park Community Workday
Saturday, July 11
9 am - 12 noon
Meet at the bulletin Board (near Oak @ Ashbury) 

May 14, 2015

May workday report

At the community workday on May 9, volunteers planted a bunch of new plants provided by Rec and Park for both the rain garden and the plots surrounding the children's playground. Two years after initial planting, our rain garden appears more filled in as the plants mature and we continue to bring new plants in. 

Guillermo organized a special snack for us at breaktime: organic fruit and juice smoothies blended by bicycle. Delicious, and healthy, with second servings for all! 

Rain garden filling in

Anna and Guillermo at work on our snack
Conversations at the park often turn to California's extreme drought, and how to manage parklands to reduce water use. As watering is cutback further, some sections of the park have turned dry. To protect the soil from drying out completely and blowing away, one tool in the toolbox is to amend the soil and spread woodchips. Piles of compost fines and wood chips, sourced from the compost yard in Golden Gate Park, were situated around the Panhandle, and Guillermo explained that he would have help from the sixth graders of San Francisco Day School during the coming week to spread the material around the trees of the Panhandle. The timing is excellent, since a couple hundred thousand of runners, walkers, and partyers will be out in the Panhandle for Bay to Breakers on Sunday, May 17. The park always gets wear and tear from this event, and spreading woodchips will help protect the turf around mature trees, which can be a sensitive spot. 

Many of the park meadows are resilient and are still green, due in part to our late spring rains. The horse-chestnuts (near Shrader) and the cherry trees at the eastern edge (by Baker) are also in bloom. Get out to the park to enjoy them this month.