April 2014 
Celebrate Earth Day with some park love!
San Francisco's park system is one of the best in the country -- a true asset for our City that we all can enjoy. But parks need love, and what better time to show that love than April, when we celebrate Earth Day!

First, the celebration and call to action: Earth Day SF will be hosting an all-day celebration, rally and festival in U.N. Plaza on Saturday, April 19, featuring three stages of multi-cultural music and performance, keynote speakers including environmental activist Bill McKibben, interactive D.I.Y. workshops, and much more. A noon "call to action" climate action rally will assemble at Justin Herman Plaza and march to U.N. Plaza to raise awareness about climate change. Click here for more information about the day's festivities. Also, Volunteers wanted!

Alemany Farm (700 Alemany Blvd)  is hosting its 8th annual Earth Day celebration on April 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring BBQ and potluck picnic with a fresh farm salad, along with farm chores, farm tours, an herb walk, and activities for all ages. Plus live music from the Knuckle Knockers and JTown Hui! They're looking for a few folks to help out, too, so email for more details if you're interested.

The innovative roaming container garden at NOMADgardens will host a launch party with food, beverages, live music, a cooking demo and much more at its current Mission Bay location on Saturday April 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! More information at

Or maybe you'd like to volunteer in a park to show your #parklove? There are lots of opportunities this month and every month! A sampling:
  • Pennsylvania Garden (251 Pennsylvania St in Potrero Hill) monthly work day is Saturday April 5 from 10 a.m. to noon! Tools and gloves are provided - new or returning volunteers are welcome!  Click here to sign up.  
  • Athens Avalon Greenspace (Corner of Athens and Avalon Streets in the Excelsior) weeding and clean-up, Sunday April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Contact for more information.  
  • Hidden Garden Steps (16th Ave. between Lawton and Kirkham in the Inner Sunset) monthly work day, Saturday April 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Help sweep, plant or conduct other routine maintenance at the steps every month on the second Saturday! For more information visit their web site or contact  
  • Washington Square Park (meet in the park across from SS Peter & Paul Church in North Beach) work day on Saturday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tools, gloves and guidance will be provided. Let us know you're coming by emailing
  • Strawberry Hill, Golden Gate Park, Saturday April 12, 10 a.m. to noon (meet at the Stow Lake Boathouse at 10 a.m.) - come help with butterfly habitat restoration at the highest point in Golden Gate Park! The group meets the second Saturday of every month and is always looking for new volunteers. Bring: water and a sack lunch. 
  • Fallen Bridge Park (18th St. and Utah St. in Potrero Hill) clean-up. Saturday April 12 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Jean Bogiages at  
Are you a lifelong learner? There are always lots of learning opportunities in our parks, and this month Sutro Stewards is offering a great opportunity to learn about our native spring wildflowers! Join Craig Dawson, Executive Director of Sutro Stewards, for a guided tour showcasing Mount Sutro's native plant colonies in bloom. You'll tour the trail network, learn about the history and habitat of the area and see some of San Francisco's rarest native plants! There are three tours scheduled:
  • Sunday, April 6 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 26 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, and to RSVP (required!), visit the tour web page or contact $20 donation requested to support Sutro Stewards programs.   


And on Wednesday, April 16, our friends at Hidden Garden Steps are also offering a workshop on creating street parks -- forgotten "spaces between places" that with a little love, some funding and lots of work can be transformed! This free workshop will take place at the Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave in the Richmond District, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. More information here!  


At the Parks Alliance, we are so proud of the work our Park Partners and other supporters are doing to help keep San Francisco's parks and green open spaces lush and welcoming to everyone. We hope you'll get out and about this month to see all the great things happening in our parks!


Chief Executive Officer
SF Parks Alliance
Our annual town meeting with the Mayor is coming up!
Every year, the Parks Alliance hosts a town hall meeting for parks advocates with the Mayor to communicate park priorities and concerns, and hear the City's vision for our park system. This is a great opportunity to engage in a substantive park policy discussion with our City's chief executive, and we are grateful that Mayor Lee is willing to make time for it again this year.
For now, members of our Park Policy Council will be developing themes for the discussion, and they need your help! Please email your ideas for topics within the broad areas of park policy, open space, recreation and environmental stewardship to: Once a date for the meeting is set (we expect sometime in mid-May), we'll send out details and instructions on how to RSVP.

Gordon Hoeing

A Parks Alliance Action Grant can help bring your project from dream to reality!
In 2014, we will again distribute Action Grants to promising parks projects.

Applications are available on our web site and due April 25 -- don't delay!

Funded projects will be announced at our Love Your Parks Day celebration on Saturday, June 14.  
Eggstravaganza and other spring egg events!

The Recreation and Parks Department will host its annual spring Eggstravaganza at Sharon Meadow on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will feature fun for the whole family!

Fallen Bridge Park will host its 4th annual egg hunt for kids ages 2 - 9 on Saturday April 19 at 10 a.m. 18th St. and Utah St. in Potrero Hill RSVP to
Join the California Dahlia Society for their Tuber Sale!
Grow San Francisco's official flower -- the Dahlia! Varieties you have seen at the Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park or at the Dahlia Garden at Cabrillo Playground will be for sale on Saturday, April 19 at the Hall of Flowers (9th Ave and Lincoln Way) from 9:30 a.m. till noon. The best varieties sell out so come early!
What did SFPA accomplish in 2013? 

Find out by downloading our 2013 Impact Report here! Learn about the variety of program areas the Parks Alliance is involved in - policy, philanthropy, Action Grants, playgrounds, Party for the Parks, and our future endeavors. Get involved today! 
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