Sep 27, 2010

Vote for the Panhandle! Best of Parks Poll going on now

Support your neighborhood park by clicking through to the Best of Parks Poll. The Panhandle's nominated for Best Park for a Picnic! We're currently trailing behind Dolores Park - but every vote shows support.

You will be asked for name and email address, and I'm sure the folks at Neighborhood Parks Council will treat you right.

Sep 23, 2010

Sunday Streets @ the Panhandle

This past Sunday was the Western Addition's first time to play host to Sunday Streets. At Central Avenue, people enjoying the open streets flowed in and out of the park. The meadows were full of people and pets, dogs looking for adoptive families, free bike repair, and healthy food samples.

Sep 12, 2010


It makes me nervous just to think of driving an R.V. in San Francisco. Living in one in the middle of the city - well, that would be one way of beating the high rents. But it's not allowed between 10 am and 6 pm, and can result in $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail. 

Still, one R.V. that we've become familiar with this summer is the land yacht sporting RawVgan California plates. It has spent so much time on Baker that it earned a spot on the recent Google Maps update.

Oh wait - not just one spot, but here it is again when Google's camera traveled down Oak!
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Sep 11, 2010

Sept Work Day wrap-up

Thanks to all for coming out and joining the fun in the Panhandle Park this morning. 

As promised, the hedge-clippers were brought out for this huge monster shrub, a species from Chiapas.

New plants went into a few of the beds on the eastern end, north side. How cute are they? 

And speaking of cute, here's a bike party we found back on the west end near Masonic. This party serves as a great reminder about why to keep this nice space open and unobstructed! 
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Sep 10, 2010

Workday Tomorrow! 9/11 @ 9 am

Remember the green grass of February?

Tomorrow morning we begin at our usual place, the Playground/Bulletin Board, then travel down to the east end. We'll be working with the gardener on some first aid for the area around the McKinley Monument. Increased use of the park by picnicers and partiers does have impacts!

Our efforts will prepare the park for the influx of visitors expected from the next Sunday Streets. I hear we get to brandish clippers against a few of the decorative shrubs crowding our multi-use path. (The NE area is probably the parks most bio-diverse zone). 

Around 11 am, we head back to put away tools. A discussion about the community proposal for Panhandle capital improvements will follow and should be concluded by noon.
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Back to the Source

Enjoy your parks this lovely summer afternoon.
Visit the Music Concourse to welcome back the fountains!
(Fountain: from the Latin "fons" or "fontis", a source or spring)

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Sep 6, 2010

Labor Day in the Park

On Labor Day, what better way to celebrate your work than with a day of rest in the neighborhood park? 

In the west end, the Panhandle this afternoon was bounce-housey, and skate park-ey. 

Meanwhile, east of Masonic, the open meadows beckoned for picnicking with friends in the shade of the cypress and laurel. 

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