December 2013
What parks give us . . .
Today is Giving Tuesday--a national day of giving sponsored by nonprofits like the Parks Alliance. We're participating because we think it's important to pause for a moment during the busy holiday season and appreciate all we have--then pay it forward by giving to others.


Our Giving Tuesday project is to raise an additional $2,000 Action Grant for a deserving Park Partner group in Spring 2014. Last year, we gave out six Action Grants, which served as seed funding for park volunteer projects like the Northridge CommUNITY Garden and the Saturdays in the Park concert series in McLaren Park.

To promote our project and the idea of Giving Tuesday, we've been running a social media campaign for the past month that lists all the gifts we get from parks: happiness, perspective, balance, serenity, and health -- just to name a few things.

What gift do our parks give you? And will you pay it forward?  
Matt's Signature
Matt O'Grady
SFPA Executive Director

P.S. The San Francisco Chronicle featured our project in a Dec. 2 article about Giving Tuesday!
Learn about key open space and planning initiatives!

Green Connections On December 4, the Planning Department will hold an open house at the LGBT Center -- Market and Octavia Streets -- to inform the public about two important planning initiatives:

Proposed update to the Regional Open Space Element (ROSE) -- A part of the City's General Plan, the ROSE  will guide open space development, acquisition and priorities for San Francisco for the next 25 years. After years of public comments and community engagement, the updated ROSE is entering its final stage with proposed adoption in February 2014. Public comments on the latest version of the ROSE are due January 15th.  For more information, visit the Planning Department's web site.

Green Connections
Green Connections will increase access to parks, open space and the waterfront by re-envisioning City streets and paths as "green connectors." Over the last two years, the Planning Department has been working with numerous organizations, such as SFPA, to collect input on the public's vision for how streets can be improved to calm traffic and integrate urban ecology. This final Open House will include maps of the green connections network, a design tool kit, conceptual designs, a plant list, and a final plan. We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Planning Department on this Open House!  Visit the project's web site for more information!

Wednesday, December 4
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
LGBT Community Center Rainbow Room
1800 Market Street
Rec & Park Commission endorses Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

Parks Alliance staff and members of our Parks Policy Council were on hand to support the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights when it came before the Recreation & Parks Commission late last month.
The Commission unanimously endorsed the measure, which calls for every child in San Francisco to have the chance to climb a tree, explore all the wild places in the City, and harvest and eat a fruit or vegetable, among other things.
A downloadable version of the poster at right is available on the Parks Alliance web site, along with a copy of the full resolution!

Upcoming events

Community Opportunity Fund workshops -- Thursday Dec. 5 and Saturday Jan. 11! One of the best ways to get funding for improving your park is applying for funding through the Community Opportunity Fund (COF)!  The COF is a competitive grant program for community groups around the City to make improvements to their parks.  Attendance at one of the workshops is mandatory and there are only 2 left - including Dec 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Joe Lee Recreation Center, 1395 Mendell Street in Bayview.  More details on the workshops are here.

"Capitalizing on Community," hosted by NOMADgarden, Dec. 5 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. NOMAD is a 'roaming' community garden and event space that transforms vacant lots in Mission Bay into vibrant hubs for the community. NOMADgarden is hosting an exciting event that will focus on "Capitalizing on Community" at Coalesse Studio, 660 3rd St. on Dec. 5. Guests will be able to engage in an inspiring conversation about food, technology, community and wellness with panelists who are shaping the way we define community in San Francisco. Participants include Sarah Weiner from the Good Food Awards, Rob Spiro from Good Eggs, Timothy Nichols from The HUB SF, and many more. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Hidden Garden Steps grand opening celebration, Saturday, Dec. 7:
The Hidden Garden Steps project will host a block party and grand opening celebration on Saturday, December 7 from 12 pm to 4 pm. The festivities start with a pot luck lunch at noon, and a ribbon cutting at 2 pm. Come join the fun on 16th Ave between Judah and Kirkham Streets! 
Urban Commons SF will be holding its holiday 'Community Open Market' this Saturday, Dec. 7th, 12-2pm on the Buchanan Mall adjacent Rosa Parks Senior Center.  There will be hot soup from Chef Henry Howard, wreath making with Bloom Justice, Fruit Tree Care and discussion of the Public Orchard Project and more.  All are welcome.  For inquiries and additional info, email:
Strawberry Hill Restoration Project monthly work day, Saturday Dec. 14  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers meet at the Stow Lake Boathouse at 10 a.m.; bring a hat, water and a sack lunch. 
In This Issue
You're invited to the annual SFPA holiday party!

Bundle up in your winter best and enjoy the first-time Park Partner bake-off and holiday tunes with SFPA's Board members and staff!

DATE: December 6
TIME: 5 pm to 8 pm
PLACE: Noe Valley Town Square-to-be, 3861 24th St., between Vicksburg & Sanchez

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