Aug 30, 2012

Next Panhandle workday is Saturday, Sept 8

Our next Panhandle Park community work day is coming up! Mark your calendar and plan to come join us for the last summer program (we'll be joined by SF Day School families starting in October). We're continuing our work on projects such as planting and tending to flowerbeds, spreading compost and weeding around trees, pruning shrubs, and keeping the pathways clear.  

Meet at the Bulletin Board (near Fell @ Ashbury)
All are welcome. Tools provided

Aug 25, 2012

Pole arm could be final fix for the Fell/Masonic intersection

A tall pole and arm for a traffic signal were mounted last week at the southwest corner of Fell and Masonic in the Panhandle Park. By extending the traffic light for motor vehicles over the middle of Fell Street, the new signal arm is intended to create more distance between the vehicle signal and the bike signal, and thus reduce the potential for confusion (many times a day, motorists continue to turn left against a red arrow, sometimes because they only see the green light of the bike signal and the green light for vehicles. ABC7 reported on the confusion in May, and reported that 500 tickets/month were produced by the automated enforcement). The Fell/Masonic intersection got the bike signal in September 2008 and it is well-loved for providing path users with a safer way of crossing Masonic. Since the bike signal was installed, numerous small tweaks have been made to the design to improve compliance (for example, installation of the red-light camera, also visible in this photo), and this signal arm may be the biggest and best one yet.

McKinley gets scrubbed

The McKinley Monument had graffiti removal and a high-pressure wash on Wednesday this past week. Thank you SF Arts Commission for the more frequent attention to this sculpture (the last work was just four months ago).

Aug 18, 2012

Curb work at Stanyan almost complete

A city contractor, Esquivel, is close to finishing work on curb ramps at Fell and Stanyan Street, the Panhandle's northwest corner. Signs posted at the site state the dates of construction would be July 9 to August 9. The last part, smoothing the asphalt where it meets the new curb, always seems to take a long time.

The improved curb ramps are on the east side of Stanyan, both north and south of Fell. This is the second location in the park getting ramp upgrades this year (Lyon Street was in May).

Esquivel is also doing some work on Stanyan just south of the park, near the Oak Street bus stop for the 33 Stanyan. 

Aug 2, 2012

August workday for Panhandle coming up Sat 8/11

Did you miss not having a workday last month? Join us for some summer fun in the park, at the next community workday for the Panhandle Park, Saturday August 11. 

Saturday, August 11 (normal schedule, Second Saturday of the month)
9 am - 11:30 am
Meet near the Panhandle Playground (near Oak @ Ashbury)

It's recommended to wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers. Tools and gloves are provided.