Nov 11, 2012

Capital Project date calendared for November 26

Thanks for checking in on the Panhandle Park! For those who read the article in the just-published North of Panhandle neighborhood newsletter, our big planting day did not happen yet, because of changes in the timetable of the capital improvement project. I now predict that the big planting day will be in January. Fortunately, we are closer to seeing the capital project begin, and a contractor is actually in place, with a start date: November 26, according to the capital division of SF Rec and Park.

Working to make a better lawn
Yesterday was a good day for our regular monthly community workday, thanks to the combined effort of many volunteers from the neighborhood and even more families of the San Francisco Day School sixth grade class. We worked to restore the the turf in the center of the park between Masonic and Central. Specifically, our work was to spread compost fines around bare spots. In conjunction with aeration of turf, we expect to see improved quality of our meadows! We used similar methods last month at the far east end of the park around the McKinley memorial and we're beginning to see good results there.

Raking up eucalyptus leaves to start
Remove the leaves in the cushman
Special project: free a tree from ivy


For anyone with an interest in improving our neighborhood and making our schools a place for environmental experience, here's news of an upcoming event: GRAND OPENING of New Traditions Elementary Habitat Garden & Rainwater Cistern Project.  Parents at this school have been involved in transforming the building and building grounds for the last five years, and parents say they would love to see a large turnout for this special event. During the workday, help plan oak trees and install a rainwater cistern! It's scheduled for: 
  • Saturday, November 17
  • 9 am - 12 pm workday; 11 am ribbon-cutting
  • New Traditions School at 2049 Grove Street
You can view a poster for the event at Flickr and also a set of photos showing the development of this project over the years.

Nov 7, 2012

We have a Panhandle workday coming up this Saturday

Join us at the Panhandle this Saturday, November 10 for our monthly community workday.

Saturday, Nov. 10
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meet up at the Playground (near Ashbury @ Oak St.)
Tools and gloves provided (those bringing children are advised to bring child-sized gloves)

Congratulations to local park lovers and the coalition led by San Francisco Parks Alliance for passage yesterday with nearly 72% of the vote in favor of  Prop B, the 2012 Parks Bond, which ensures strong funding for the projects of SF Recreation and Parks.