NEWS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO PARKS ALLIANCE  
February 2014 
Learn about our work in YOUR parks!
The Parks Alliance will hold its annual public meeting on
Tuesday, February 25th at the South Beach Harbor Community Room, and I hope you -- our members, our friends, our volunteers, and our supporters -- will attend! 

I'll be giving a presentation on the various projects we're engaged in, including: our work with the Recreation & Parks Department on implementing park and playground improvements authorized by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks bond; our ongoing leadership in realizing the vision of the Blue Greenway along the City's southern waterfront; our philanthropic projects; and our support of parks stewardship and volunteers. After the presentation, there will be a chance to ask me and members of our Board questions about our work and priorities. Details below: 
 
SFPA PUBLIC MEETING
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Public meeting begins promptly at 5:00PM
Regular business meeting will begin immediately following Q&A
South Beach Harbor Community Room 
The Embarcadero at Pier 40

Please RSVP to Kaitlin Fitzmahan at kaitlin@sfparksalliance.org. We thank you for your participation in advance and we look forward to seeing you there! 


Join us February 15th for a Street Parks Workshop and Tour
At this fun and informative workshop for Street Parks stewards and their neighborhood groups, the focus will be on the business aspects of creating a successful Street Park. Participants will learn about fundraising strategies, and how to build and maintain community support for their greening projects. Workshop will include a tour of innovative Street Park sites. Space is limited, so please register soon!  

Saturday, February 15th, 9:30 - 2:00 PM
California College of the Arts
184 Hooper Street, San Francisco, CA
Graduate Center, Room GC4

Register here
, then share on Facebook and Twitter! Feel free to direct questions to
Julia Brashares at julia@sfparksalliance.org or 415-621-3260 x105
Please note: This workshop is for Street Park stewards and their neighborhood groups only. 

Park Partner Wordpress Site Launch
Exciting news - Our park partner site is here! We have long wanted to create an interactive forum where our Park Partners can directly connect with each other to ask questions, find forms and resources, and learn from a range of projects. Similar to Facebook and Yammer, the site is focused on social interaction to enable Partner-to-Partner engagement. If you are a Park Partner and want to learn more about the site, contact your Parks Alliance Project Manager and they can give you more details. 

Welcome our newest Park Partner: Far Out West Community Garden
Join us in welcoming the Far Out West Garden to SFPA's Park Partner cohort. The Far Out West Garden is a community effort dedicated to creating a productive urban farm and outdoor classroom in the Outer Sunset neighborhood. The garden is in an ideal space for gardening: the surrounding high walls block salty ocean winds and the garden's southern facing orientation create an ideal mini-microclimate for gardening in the Outer Sunset. The garden will have ten boxed beds and a wall of vertical gardens, offering planting space to everyone in the neighborhood, along with a shed and a greenhouse. Far Out West has already begun hosting educational programs for the children of nearby Sunset Youth Services, and they're now featuring workshops for curious minds of all ages in a variety of subjects. If you live near 43rd Avenue and Judah Street - come check out your newest community garden! 

Kezar Triangle Makeover Complete!
Construction fences will be coming down in early February to unveil the new Kezar Triangle with NaturalPave paths, new native landscaping, space for eco art projects, and a new irrigation system! Big thanks to Carla Crane and the Friends of Kezar Triangle for gifting this project to the City through SFPA! Stay tuned for a grand opening in March and the addition of interesting art projects happening in the space. To learn more and get involved visit http://kezartriangle.org/.
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Upcoming Urban Agriculture Workshop  
We are thrilled to announce that Garden for the Environment, Quesada Gardens, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance have all teamed up to offer the Bayview community a three-part mini series on Urban Agriculture. Save the Date for these exciting new classes and stay tuned for more details to come!

March 15: Growing Food - amending soil, crop selection, and planting
March 22: Garden Maintenance - mulching, weeding, and pruning
March 29: Water Wise Gardening - water needs, native and climate appropriate plants
Strawberry Hill Volunteer Day - Saturday February 8th! 
 
Join us for a day in Golden Gate Park at SFPA's Strawberry Hill Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project. February 8th at 10:00AM - 2:00PM, come get your hands dirty and help enhance the butterfly habitat by removing invasive weeds and replenishing native plants. Learn more here and RSVP to Julia Brashares by Thursday to reserve your spot, julia@sfparksalliance.org.

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! 

FUN FACT 101: Is chewing gum biodegradable? 
 
Contrary to belief, chewing gum is NOT biodegradable! According to the Think Green, Live Clean blog, commercial chewing gum is primarily made up of a base such as wax, rubber, or plastic. Because of this gum will not simply dissolve over a certain amount of time. Next time you're tempted to throw your glob of gum on the ground, think twice and wait until a trash can is in sight. Keep our San Francisco parks and open spaces green and clean! Or consider switching gum brands and check out this small cooperative based in Mexico called Chicza Rainforest Gum. They're taking gum back to its production roots and developing sustainable organic biodegradable bases.

Upcoming ROSE Public Events

Informational presentation at the Recreation and Park Commission
Date: February 20, 2014
Location: City Hall, Room 416

Time: TBD

 

Adoption hearing at the Planning Commission
Date: TBD

Location: City Hall, Room 400
Time: Hearing begins at 12:00 pm

BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Join us February 8th
at our monthly Strawberry Hill Restoration workday.
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