Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Carla Short from SF DPW Urban Forestry will be hosting a kick off meeting for sidewalk greening Potrero Hill at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood house (953 De Haro St)
This Tuesday, Sept 25, 6:30pm-6:55pm (this meeting intentionally goes back to back with the Potrero Booster's meeting at 7pm)
Watch the videos listed at the web sites below, come with, or email questions prior, to address below and they will be consolidated and given to Carla to have as many as possible answered ahead of time.
This meeting is start the process, give out forms, and are find out how many are interested, if large numbers from residents proceed there are opportunities for grants that would help fund the greening.
If you want to go green (it should be cheaper than replacing cement), but can't make the meeting, please email your name / address / phone #, and any questions you may have.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sustainable / native restoration for the McKinley Square Hillside is kicking off for fall, this Sunday Sept 9, 10AM-12Noon. We are planning hillside restoration days every month, 2nd Sunday, 10AM-12Noon.
Lunch typically sponsored by Goat Hill Pizza & Chiotras Grocery. Volunteers please bring gloves & gardening tools if you have them, otherwise they will be supplied.
(Note: December is skipped for holiday season).
If you can't make the gardening days, donations for plants and materials are welcome. We are a fiscally sponsored non-profit.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Notably a few items that could make sense for McKinley Square:
- the mixture of native plantings in the middle of the playground area.
- The "rock?" retaining walls.
- A long slide [which was brought up a few times at the McKinley Community Meetings].
- A telescope
Friday, June 8, 2012
Final native planting day of Spring 2012 this Sunday.
June 10th, Sunday 10am-12noon.
Meet at 20th St @ San Bruno Ave
This is the last planting day until next fall.
This is part of a larger effort of hillside restoration, removing invasive weeds, improving trails, removing trash & graffiti. All are welcome to join.
A sampling of the plants, and plant plugs that have or are being put down are:
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus Aurantiacus), Perennial Aster (Aster chilensis), California Scorpion Flower (Phacelia californica), Gum Plant (Grindelia camporum), Costal Buckwheat (Eriogonum Latifolium), Red Fescue (Festuca rubra ‘Molate’) , California Fescue (Festuca californica ), Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha ), Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens), Monardella Villosa (coyote mint), Carex vulpinoidea (Brown fox sedge), Indian milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa ), Narrowleaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis ), Showy Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis), Silver Lupine (Lupinus albifrons), Summer Lupine (Lupinus formosus ), Calfornia Melic (Melica californica), One-sided Bluegrass (Poa secunda), Sea Thrift (Armeria)
Each planting effort we try to give plant plugs to each volunteer. Plants that are good for the park & hillside are also good for our backyards, perhaps even better.
Lunch & drinks sponsored by Goat Hill Pizza & Chiotras Grocery .
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Planning would be to have connecting stairs between the "enclave" to the hillside trails to the grass area of the Park.
We are currently working with an architect & engineer on the design. If you would like to help us all are welcome.
|This are is the area the stairs would be added.|
Saturday, May 26, 2012
COF Grant Planning Meeting for McKinley Square
Richard Drechsler, Tom Strother, Marjorie Goodwin, Joseph Moore , Jane Westfield, Kelly Dennehy, Cris Rys
Jacob Gilchrist - SF Rec & Park COF Program Manager, Steve Cismowski - SF Rec & Park, Maria D'Angelico - SF Parks Alliance, John Merten - Studio Green
Jacob GilChrist went over details of Community Opportunity Fund Grant.
Grant is from 2008 Clean & Safe General Obligation Bond which covers improvements since year 2000 are eligible as matching towards this grant.
Jacob explained grant is for capitol expenses, not maintenance.
Meeting then focused on applicability of the 15 items from Community Planning meetings list. Items in bold italic are planned be on this COF grant application. Community needs to determine costs, locations, and prioritize .
1. Remove foxtails(YES but maybe as match, not as part of grant. ) - as foxtails are largely preventing use of the hillside, and thus for the park for its designated use, it will be explored if it can be made a capitol expense.
2. Manage Existing Trees (Not part of this grant)
3. Southwest fencing - (Not part of this grant) Would be Cal-Trans responsibility, would increase size of hillside usable area.
4. Reforestation plan - (Not part of this grant)
5. Vermont St Path (Stairs) - (YES) Investigation / planning will need to occur in next 4 weeks. Wood or Cement or ? (Need to verify this does not trigger ADA)
6. New Pathway connections (Not part of this grant application.) For area beyond current Cal-Trans fence.
7. Native planting & wildlife habitat improvement (YES, part of grant, plants and resources will be budgeted)
8. Improve irrigation water access - (NA) Park & Rec will do, but not part of grant application.
9. Benches on hillside. (Can happen now), Community just needs to pick spots for benches
10. Benches on upper lawn area - (Can happen now), Community just needs to pick spots for benches
11. Improve Signage - On Park & Recreation to do list
12. Install lighting - (Maybe) This item did not have strong consensus at this meeting, but did come from community planning meetings so this item may be lower priority for grant.
13. Metal handrails on entrance stairs, (In progress) Park & Rec work order is on its way
14. Kiosk at park entrance (YES, will be part of grant)
15. Drinking fountain on hillside , middle trail. Yes but community is to decide where. ( French drain, does this trigger ADA?)
Jacob will provide a time in his office hours to go over 2011 COF Application to provide feedback on what we did well, and how we can improve our COF Application this year.
Long term investigate Nature Pave for middle (and other?) trails?
In the next week, (Wednesday evening?) there will be a meeting to pick location of drinking fountain, bringing in additional members of the community.
Investigation will take place if item 1) foxtail removal can be made a capital expense.
Details on stairs will need to be designed.
Details on lighting (if to have them part of this grant request) will need to be determined by priority and matching funds criteria.
Contact John Paul Scott of mayor's office if any of this triggers ADA.
All items on COF grant application will need to be budgeted and prioritized.
Thanks again, we have some work to do, but I have a lot of confidence in our ability to make this a success.
Friday, May 18, 2012
This meeting is specifically to list out tasks, and form a cross community grant team for the items listed out of the community meetings lead by Studio Green/John Merten.
From this meeting, a list of tasks will be outlined, and assigned to volunteers to help get the grant written and submitted.
Other ways help, 5 minutes a day of picking up glass, or fox tail weeds, or trash, adds up to more than 30 hours a year, which can all be used as matching hours to get McKinley Square grant funds for almost 1000 native plant seedlings.
Let us know what we can put you down for, so we can submit that for matching funds towards the community's "sweat equity".
Financial or resource donations welcome as well, there is non-profit fiscal sponsorship for McKinley Square.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Is this legitimate? There is no phone number or web site. Anyone know more?
If you missed the file link, click here.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Filming to occur on Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
|Date:||Sunday, August 19, 2012|
|Location:||Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 801 Arkansas Street between 22nd and 23rd Street|
|Time:||1:00 pm -3:00pm|
|Information: Join Walk San Francisco and the SF Parks Alliance to explore walking connections from Potrero Hill to parks and the Blue Greenway, a 13-mile walkway along San Franciscos southern waterfront. We'll start off at Potrero Hill Recreation Center and head down to the bay, exploring how the City can improve walking connections to parks and the waterfront. Highlights of the tour include Esprit Park, Warm Water Cove, and the new Pennsylvania Community Gardens. Oh yes, and we'll have a special stop for ice cream (optional) at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous. Yum.|
File from 2009 discussion on Green Streets Connectors.