Jun 10, 2012

Pictures from yesterday's Panhandle workday

Here's a quick look at yesterday's community work day. A dozen neighbors joined our Rec & Park department gardener to help improve conditions in the Panhandle. We focused our efforts between Baker and Lyon at the east end of the park, with most of our work focused on removing weeds from around the base of trees - the young cherry trees and horse chestnuts that are planted near Baker Street, the magnolia trees near the McKinley monument, and more mature Monterey cypress and Giant sequoia next to the north path. 

We also helped pull some grasses that were beginning to encroach on the understory planting among the redwoods in the southeast corner of the park. The plants there are doing well, and a diversity of mushrooms was also noted.

The bed of ornamental plants at Lyon Street also got some overdue attention, after being overgrown by an outbreak of fumitory.    

Jun 1, 2012

Next community work day; Ashbury project update

You're invited to participate in the next Panhandle volunteer work day, on Saturday June 9. We'll gather at the normal time and place: 
Second Saturday work day
Saturday, June 9
9 am - 11:30 am 
Meet at the Bulletin Board (near Oak @ Ashbury)
Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes. Tools and adult-size gloves are provided. 

During the summer, we don't have the organized presence of families from the SF Day School, so drop-in volunteers from the community are more vital than ever!  Please share with a friend and plan to take part!
There's some further delays to report for our approved Capital Improvement Project (to restore turf and pathways near the Ashbury cross-over path and the basketball courts).  That was frustrating news to receive, and it's not fun to pass it on to the group. The project has been re-assigned within Rec and Park's Capital Division to Jeny Wegbreit.  Jeny told me that the city's design review process has been lengthy, and she expects to have completed construction documents by mid-summer