NEWS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO PARKS ALLIANCE  
June 2014 
Help our public parks be clean, safe and green! 
June is budget month at City Hall, and right now members of the Board of Supervisors are debating a proposal from Supervisor Scott Wiener to add $3.6 million in funding towards the City's efforts to keep our parks and public spaces clean, safe and green!

The Parks Alliance is strongly behind Supervisor Wiener's proposal, and we're asking park lovers to let your support be known by urging Mayor Lee and their Supervisors to support the budget increase. Park funding has taken a major hit in recent years, and there are big maintenance needs across the City's parks and public spaces. Here are some details on the proposal:
  • $324,000 to Recreation and Parks to increase tree maintenance in our parks
    Recreation and Parks (RPD) has only enough staff to maintain an average of 750 trees per year - out of a total of 131,000 trees in our parks. With an aging tree population, we are approaching a crisis of hazardous tree conditions in our parks. This funding will allow RPD to increase tree maintenance to address hazardous tree conditions before these trees cause damage or injury and to better ensure the long-term health of all park trees.
  • $2.4 million to expand Park Patrol (RPD)
    Currently, there are no more than two Park Rangers per shift to patrol all 220 of San Francisco's parks. The increase in patrol officers would provide one dedicated Park Ranger on 24/7 patrol for each of the six Park Service Areas throughout the City--doubling current staffing. With more coverage of our parks, Park Rangers will be more equipped to enforce park rules and address the nearly $1 million in graffiti, property damage, and illegal dumping that occurs in our parks every year.
  • $800,000 to clean transit stations and nearby public spaces (DPW)
    Years of staffing cuts have left DPW with insufficient personnel to keep our streets, sidewalks, and public spaces clean. This funding will be for a cleaning crew dedicated to keeping transit stations and the areas around them clean of debris, waste and graffiti.  

Please contact your Supervisor and the Mayor today to let them know our parks can't wait -- quality of life and safety in our parks is of paramount importance!  You can find contact information for each member of the Board of Supervisors here; reach the Mayor's office by emailing mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org or calling 415-554-6141. Email us at policy@sfparksalliance.org and let us know you spoke up for parks!  

 


Chief Executive Officer
SF Parks Alliance
Congratulations to our Action Grant winners! 
We are honored to award these hard working, well deserving community groups. If it weren't for the strong network of communities out there, we would not have many of the beautiful park treasures we have here in San Francisco. Congratulations to the 2014 Action Grant Recipients! (And a big thank you to everyone who participated in our voting round!) 
  • Peace in the Park
  • AIDS Memorial Grove 
  • Jerry Day
  • Palou Garden
  • Kids in Parks
  • Far Out West Garden 
  • Victoria Manolo Draves Baseball Diamond
  • Bloom Justice
Don't forget to RSVP for our 3rd annual Love Your Parks Day. Join us and celebrate our parks and open spaces, as well as the many volunteers and supporters who help keep them beautiful. We'll enjoy refreshments with live music by Vandella in Golden Gate Park. Bring a picnic blanket!
 
RSVP (required) at parklove.eventbrite.com 

Garden for the Environment: Fall 2014 Get Up! 
Applications Now Available

Are you interested in joining the local urban agriculture movement?  

Do you want to lead change in your community around food justice?  

Are you looking for a solid grounding in organic gardening to support your goals?

 

Then join GetUp! It was designed for people like you!
 
Garden for the Environment's (GFE) Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program (GetUp!) is designed to educate a small cohort of San Francisco residents in the basics of organic gardening, urban agriculture, and compost education. 
 
Students will graduate from the course with:
  • New skills and knowledge essential to organic gardening, sustainable landscaping and urban agriculture
  • An understanding of the importance of sustainable agriculture
  • The experience and ability to teach a 2 hour composting class at GFE
  • A supportive community of like-minded individuals committed to leading positive change 
Since 1996, Get Up! graduates have founded, managed or volunteered at more than 42 urban agriculture, food justice or nutrition literacy projects in the Bay Area. If it's happening here, chances are good that a GetUp! grad is involved!

To apply visit: www.gardenfortheenvironment.org
Application due dateAugust 8, 2014
Course Dates: September 13, 2014 - December 10, 2014
(Saturdays, 10am - 3pm; Wednesdays 6:30pm - 9pm)
Materials Fee: $300 (includes a backyard OR worm compost bin and three books!)


Save the Date 

Street Parks Workshop
When: July 26, 9:30am - 2:30pm
Location: TBD 

In this free workshop for Street Parks Stewards and their neighborhood groups, participants will have an opportunity to network with each other and learn about horticultural best practises, as well as tour innovative Street Park sites.  
 
Questions? Contact Julia at julia@sfparksalliance.org

Groundbreaking: Dogpatch Playground
 
Dogpatch Playground groundbreaking will happen this month with construction planned to last about a month.  We hope to open the playground by the July 4 weekend!
 
Fallen Bridge Mini Park

 

Fallen Bridge Mini Park is building a new activity court that can be used for petanque and other great activities thanks to their CCG award this year. 
 
Failing Playgrounds Task Force

The Failing Playgrounds Task Force has had its first three meetings, the second one including a tour of playgrounds that ranged in grades from A to F.  Meetings are open to the public, and public comment is encouraged. 

For more information on the Task Force, as well as agendas and all meeting materials including presentations and handouts, click here.


 
Alice Radio's Summerthing
When: June 22, 12-5pm
Attending Alice's Summerthing? Be sure to stop by and say hello to SFPA staff and volunteers at the beer garden, we'll be there all day!

Golden Gate Park Bank Festival
When: June 7 & 811am-5pm
Featuring:
The Golden Gate Park Band
Amador County Concert Band
Brentwood Concert Band
Deutscher Musikeverin of San Francisco
Diablo Regional Concert Band
Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band 
Lodi Community Band
Pleasanton Community Band
San Mateo Elks Concert Band
West Bay Community Band
Woodland Community Band

More information to come on their website




Volunteer Opportunities:  

Volunteers are needed at the Conservatory of Flowers! A comprehensive training program prepares volunteers to guide tours for adults and children. The training program welcomes adult volunteers of all experience levels. Trainings are held Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00pm, August 6 through September 17. Much like the Conservatory's plants, the volunteer program relie son regular watering and feeding. The Conservatory asks all volunteers to commit to two shifts per month for at least one year. In return, the Conservatory offers educational and social opportunities, free passes and discounts, and an engaging, flexible environment.

To register for the training, contact: 
Erika Frank
Director of Volunteers and Education
(415) 637-4236
efrank@sfcof.org
ConservatoryOfFlowers.org 
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